Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
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The mind plays a huge role in sports and exercise performance, by helping – or preventing – people from achieving their physical and technical potential. If you're a sports or psychology graduate or current practitioner who wants to advance your sports science career, our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course is for you.
On this course, you'll learn about the effect of the mind on human behaviour and performance, in and out of competition. You'll develop knowledge and skills that are critical to practitioners, and study the key themes including the psychology of elite performance, applied sport psychology and the psychology of exercise and physical activity.
We'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a career in sports psychology with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics.
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- An upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Sports Psychology or related subject. Alternative qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from our team of BPS Chartered Psychologists and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists, who are experienced in research and applied practice in sport and exercise psychology
- Use our psychology laboratory with specialist equipment including an ASL mobile eye-tracking system and PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles, to test how quickly performers respond to visual or auditory cues
- Benefit from our links with UK Sport and the Fuchs Foundation
- Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style
- Have 24/7 access to our library's electronic resources, including thousands of ejournals, books and newspapers
- Get to use our biomechanics, physiology, psychology and kinanthropometry labs, which feature professional facilities, such as an immersion pool, visual 3D software and climatic chambers
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an applied practitioner, researcher or lecturer in sport and exercise psychology.
You'll also have the transferable skills for a career in other sectors, like business, the police or the armed forces.
What can you do with a Sport and Exercise Psychology degree?
Our previous graduates have gone on to work in organisations including:
- UK Sport
- Sport governing bodies
- Health and fitness companies
- Private healthcare companies
What jobs can you do with a Sport and Exercise Psychology degree?
Career opportunities include:
- Sports and exercise scientist
- Lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology
- Researcher in sport and/or exercise psychology
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the sport and exercise industries.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core modules include:
- Psychology of Elite Performance
- Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity
- Advanced Topics in Skills Acquisition
- Applied Sports Psychology
- MSc Research Development and Practice
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Teaching on this course includes:
- laboratory workshops
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
- September/October to December/January – teaching block 1
- January/February to May – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- scientific reports
- reflective accounts
- product development
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,950
- Part-time: £3,980 a year (subject to annual increase)
(including Transition Scholarship)
- Full-time: £7,950
- Part-time: £3,980 a year (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,500
- Part-time: £7,750 a year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover any travel costs for placement activities, as well as accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs are in the region of £50 – £1,000, dependent on the type of placement.
You'll need to cover the cost of any optional field work that you undertake. These costs vary between £50 – £1,000, depending on the type of fieldwork.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.