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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited master's degree will give you all of the theoretical and practical information, that you need to pursue a career path in sport and exercise psychology.

Sport and exercise psychologists seek to understand the ways in which thoughts and emotions can affect performance and exercise participation. They use this knowledge to provide psychological skills support, increase motivation and develop self-belief at all levels. Whether that’s encouraging the public to adopt a more active lifestyle or improving the performance of elite competitors.

Our Sport and Exercise MSc will develop your advanced psychological knowledge in order for you to understand critical issues in sport and physical activity, from recreational to elite level athletes.

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the first stage of practitioner training needed to become recognised as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

As the link between psychological well being and physical activity becomes more defined, the demand for exercise psychologists in the healthcare sector has increased. In particular in the areas of health promotion and rehabilitation. Similarly, there is a growing demand for sports psychologists to deliver support from grassroots level, through to performance athletes. This master’s degree programme will help develop the professional skills that will give you the edge in this evolving area of psychology.

Some of our recent graduates now work as teachers, coaches and consultants in the healthcare sector and for organisations including the English Institute of Sport and Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC).

For applicants who already possess the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) and who successfully complete the course, you can then go on to complete the BPS Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. After completing both Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications this will then enable you to become a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist practitioner, a legally protected title.

We also have many students which have gone on to further postgraduate opportunities such as Ph.D. study, whilst some have also secured placement opportunities in elite, amateur and recreational level sport.

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the first stage of practitioner training needed to become recognised as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

You will graduate with a wide range of professional skills, which include the ability to:

Critically evaluate current theories and evidence which can be applied to understand and solve complex issues in real world contexts.
Communicate your ideas and findings effectively to variety of audiences, whether it be coaches, parents, athletes or exercise enthusiasts.
Apply relevant ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks (such as those required by the BPS and HCPC).

Your transferable skills will include oral and written communication, critical evaluation, problem solving, time management, IT and advanced statistical and qualitative analysis techniques.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

  • University League Table

    52nd

  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 118 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    137 64%

    41st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%

    57th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    31st

    24

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