M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sheffield Hallam University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,200 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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If you hold the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) this course will support you along the path to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist. You can choose to study to obtain GBC after completing the MSc if you decide to follow the full pathway to becoming a registered sport and exercise psychologist.

Successfully completing the course provides you with Stage 1 of the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP), and prepares you for stage 2, which is required for chartered status.

You gain core skills in the academic and intellectual understanding and researching of sport and exercise psychology. You also begin to consider applied practice in sport and exercise settings, enabling you to be supervised and taught by chartered practising psychologists.

The course provides you with opportunities to study psychology in both a sport and exercise setting. In this setting, you consider the role of psychological interventions for sport performers, coaches and teams as well as lifestyle behaviour change, such as exercise and physical activity adoption.

You develop your work-related and applied skills throughout the course whilst keeping a major focus on developing your core psychological skills, especially in the sport and exercise psychology subject area.

To gain the masters, you complete a major research project. It may be possible to study your project overseas if it satisfies the module aims and learning outcomes.

Professional links and experience

Our teaching team are chartered psychologists in the Division of Sport and Exercise and BPS supervisors for the QSEP. They also have substantial practice experience in both elite athlete and physical activity and exercise settings.

Sheffield Hallam are a skills development partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.

Research expertise

75 per cent of Sheffield Hallams sport research is of international standard according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Research Research ranks us as fourth in the country for sports research, based on the results of the 2008 RAE.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

If you do not hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, you can complete our Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (conversion course) before or after completing the MSc.


examinations portfolio group and individual presentations written reports practical assessments



Research methods

This module introduces the research process, its purpose and structure. It allows you to identify areas of investigation, critically evaluate and interpret others work and plan and present an empirical research proposal.

Data analysis

You explore statistical and measurement techniques commonly used in sport and exercise research and develop the skills to present and communicate research findings effectively. You also engage in qualitative research analysis.

Psychology of sport and performance

You study the psychology in sporting performance and contemporary issues and debates in sport psychology. In this module you will explore the integration between theories in sport psychology and how they underpin applied practice.

Physical activity and health behaviour

You look at theoretical and applied issues in physical activity and health from a public health and a client-focused perspective. Topics include physical activity and mental health exercise motivation adherence and models of exercise behaviour change. You develop communication and counselling skills, an important part of health behaviour change techniques.

Lifespan development perspectives in sport and exercise

You examine variations in health, exercise and sport at different ages and stages of life. You analyse different influences and perspectives on health, physical activity and sport across the lifespan, focusing on major theories of development in early life, mid life and later in life.

Applied techniques in sport and exercise psychology

You develop an understanding of the psychological knowledge and skills needed to enhance performance in sport and exercise. You explore some of the key issues associated with providing psychological support services to clients and client groups.

Individual differences in sport and exercise psychology

You examine psychoanalytic humanistic behavioural cognitive biological theories of personality in sport and exercise psychology. You also study applications and debates in individual differences, such as motivation gender arousal anxiety self efficacy self perception talent identification and special groups.

Developing professional practice in sport and exercise psychology

You develop your applied professional skills to understand the environment in which you practice in the future. You develop your theoretical knowledge of sport and exercise psychology as well as interacting with the key stakeholders in these settings.


You conduct an independent, in-depth investigation into a topic of your choice based on your specialist discipline


You need a 2.1 honours degree or higher in a related subject and British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

International students that have been granted BPS GBC also need an IELTS scores of 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each area.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



We are currently seeking accreditation from the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP).


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