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Description

The course is aimed at students who hold or plan to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioners.

Aims
  • You will be provided with a coherent programme of study, consistent with the BPS accreditation criteria, that prepares you for Stage 2 of training to become a sport and exercise psychologist.
  • You will extend your knowledge and understanding in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
  • You will encounter a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought.
  • You will be given grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares you for higher research-related degrees (e.g. PhD).
The Sport and Exercise Psychology is offered by Brunel University London.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 17200 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 8350 Year (EEA)
  • UK/EU students: £4,175 part-time
  • International students: £8,600 part-time
Start date
Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 30 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Compulsory Modules
  • Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports Performance (15 credits) primarily focuses on attentional processes relating to skill learning and expertise. The first half of the module considers current research on topics such as 'choking', direction of attention, and implicit motor learning. We then examine topics around perceptual expertise, including anticipation skill, perceptual training and deliberate practice. Throughout the module, we explore the applied implications of this work for performers and practitioners.
  • Social Processes in Exercise and Sport (15 credits) applies the theoretical knowledge of social processes and group dynamics to sport and exercise environments. It increases your awareness and expertise in the areas of leadership and coach-athlete relationships, group cohesion and motivation, and the home advantage phenomenon. The module is designed to be relevant to those aspiring to become applied sport psychologists or sport/exercise scientists. The module content is particularly relevant if you intend to work with sport or exercise groups. It is common practice for the best work from this module to be presented as poster presentations at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Conference, the BASES Student Conference, or the British Psychological Society Conference.
  • Psychological Skills for Practitioners (15 credits) enables you to develop an understanding of key psychological theories that underpin performance and also to develop critical evaluation of current research. The module helps you to apply an effective programme of psychological skills and develop independent thinking.
  • Individual Differences in Sport & Exercise (15 credits) enables you to synthesise your knowledge of recent developments in individual differences theory and research; develop your ability to critically appraise and evaluate sport psychology literature; be able to synthesize a large and disparate literature; produce a scientific report in APA format; demonstrate your oral presentation skills in a supportive environment.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (45 credits) enables you to acquire the necessary skills to undertake a piece of research; develop competence in the range of quantitative and qualitative research methods available; critically assess the appropriateness of any research method in relation to a research question; effectively search for and utilise a variety of research sources; critically analyse personal research ideas; develop a critical appreciation of principles and techniques involved in analysing quantitative and qualitative data; apply statistical techniques using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); analyse qualitative data, including the use of software; undertake your MSc dissertation appropriately.
  • Research Dissertation (60 credits) where you select an appropriate topic of study that is approved by your supervisor. These topics normally span the research interests of department staff.
Elective Modules (choose one)
  • Professional Development (15 credits) enables you to develop areas/skills to enhance your professional development in the future. It allows you to engage in a work-based study. The topic area is agreed with the module leader and an appropriate supervisor. You negotiate and agree a learning contract and the procedures and assessment to be undertaken. The topic chosen must be different from the topic of the dissertation.
  • Performance Lifestyle (15 credits) focuses on high achieving athletes and those tasked to care for them as they strive to create an environment that facilitates success while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The module has been endorsed by UK Sport and the content reflects the Performance Lifestyle support available to athletes through advisors at the English Institute of Sport. The module provides students with an opportunity to consider the performing athlete in a broader sense.

English Language Requirements

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Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) is no longer required before taking this course; however, students wishing to enrol on Stage 2 practitioner training must have GBC either by virtue of their undergraduate degree or successfully completing a BPS-accredited conversion course.

Students who hold a good Honours degree in an unrelated subject who have successfully completed a BPS-accredited conversion course (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology) are also eligible to apply.
Note: In the UK, GBC is attained either by completing a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology (minimum lower 2nd class Honours) or by completing a BPS-accredited conversion course. If you have completed a degree in Psychology outside of the UK the BPS will consider applications for GBC on an individual basis.

The Society will consider whether you hold a degree from a recognised university or comparable institution and if it is of an equivalent standard to a British bachelors degree at a minimum lower 2nd class Honours level (in addition whether your degree includes at least 50 per cent psychology).

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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