MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

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    MSc 13 months full-time, distance learning, 2 years part-time, distance learning

Course Description

This MSc provides you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise psychology. The course has been developed to support individuals whose work, family commitments or location make physically attending university challenging.

As the course is delivered exclusively online, you’ll gain access to a highly flexible and effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills without disrupting your working life.

You’ll collaborate with staff and your peers in a dynamic learning environment, engage with content directly via video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous text and audio discussions supported by 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources.

The curriculum is focused on the key sub-disciplines of sport and exercise psychology covering areas such as performance under pressure, mental health, group dynamics and leadership, applied research methods, and the practice of sport psychology.

All modules are designed and delivered by staff with an international research reputation alongside excellent applied links with sports organisations, businesses and professional bodies.

The course is underpinned by research excellence – in the 2014 REF, our research was rated as being of international quality overall with 64% of the research considered either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The course achieved 100% Student Course Satisfaction and 100% Student Course Recommendation in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) Results 2017.

Entry Requirements

  • A First or 2:1 (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology or Psychology as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS), providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). Or a First or 2:1 (Hons) degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences as endorsed by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
  • An academic reference.
  • A personal statement outlining your interest in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Please note: Completion of the course does not give BPS accreditation to students from a sport and exercise science background. However, a BPS accredited MSc like ours is recognised by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) meaning that students are able to go on to Supervised Experience with BASES (SEPAR) upon successful completion of the MSc to become a HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist.

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Student Destinations

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology is accredited by the BPS. If you already have GBC, or plan to undertake a GBC (conversion) course during or after the MSc course, then the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the first stage (Stage 1) in a training process towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist. The second stage (Stage 2) is a supervised practice element of two years duration. Thus, successful completion of the MSc provides the academic knowledge required to begin a training process to become a Chartered (and therefore practicing) Psychologist in sport and exercise psychology, together with GBC.

The award can also provide the required post-graduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) that can also support a career in sport and exercise psychology.

As with many postgraduate taught qualifications, students use the qualification to enhance an already existing career as part of CPD activity. So, lecturers in colleges of further and higher education/ teachers in the primary and secondary sectors can use the qualification for career progression. Graduates also seek out roles in sports clubs and organisations or as private consultants.

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