M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sheffield Hallam University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,490 / Year (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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This course is for people wanting to enter a career in sport or exercise psychology, who hold the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and are working towards becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist.

Subject to accreditation, 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.

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

The course provides opportunities to study psychology in both a sport and exercise setting. This enables you to 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.

We develop your work related and applied skills throughout the course although the focus is developing your core psychological skills. This includes your academic understanding in the sport and exercise psychology subject area.

If you do not hold GBC, you can apply for the MSc Sport and Exercise Science (psychology) which has similar modules but does not satisfy Stage 1 of the QSEP. If you want to gain GBC before starting this course, you can complete our Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology.

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.

Benefits of studying this course

The course is a collaboration between the sport and exercise science and psychology subject groups, benefiting from the specialist experience and knowledge from both fields

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

75 per cent of Sheffield Hallam´s 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 RAE.

Our sport subject area gained 24/24 for teaching in the last full quality assessment, and has a national reputation for the excellence of its teaching and learning.


Modules * research methods: planning and design
* research methods: analysis and presentation
* psychology of sport and performance
* physical activity and health behaviour change
* applied techniques in sport and exercise psychology
* movement coordination and skill acquisition
* lifespan development perspectives in sport and exercise psychology
* individual differences in sport and exercise psychology
* dissertation project


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 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in each area

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

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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