M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Psychology

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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On this course you can:

* Be taught by our BPS Chartered psychologists who have a wealth of experience in research and applied practice in sport and exercise psychology
* Use specialist facilities and benefit from our strong links with UK Sport and the Fuchs Foundation
* Complete a professional practice placement as a trainee sport and/or exercise scientist

What opportunities might it lead to?

With an estimated worth in excess of £110 billion, the global sports industry is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, research, sport science support, and the health and fitness sectors.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

* various sporting governing bodies
* health and fitness companies
* UK sport
* a variety of private healthcare companies


You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode. You will study several key topics and have the unique opportunity to complete a professional practice placement, where you will be required to perform the role of a trainee sport and/or exercise scientist within a related setting.
Here are the units you will study:

* Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology: This unit will provide a theoretical, research and practical understanding of the expertise psychology, the psychology of expertise and it's application to business.
* Exercise Programming and Behaviour Change: This unit provides a theoretical, research and practical understanding of health behaviour change.
* Applied Sport Psychology: For this unit you will identify and develop a range of professional skills associated with applied practice.
* Applied Research Methods: You will generate suitable research designs and be able to select and use the appropriate form of data analysis.
* Research Project: This unit will provide you with an opportunity to independently investigate a particular topic related to sport/exercise psychology.
* Professional Practice Placement: You will have the opportunity to observe and, where possible, participate in the delivery of psychological principles and techniques within sport or exercise settings. However, please note that this is subject to availability and appropriate screening and selection processes.

Teaching and Assessment

Our teaching approaches include lectures, seminars, laboratory workshops, tutorials and a placement experience in a relevant field setting.

How are you assessed?

The varying teaching formats are reflected in the assignments. Heres how we assess you:

* essays
* scientific reports
* reflective accounts
* presentations
* projects


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 proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 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.

75 (Grade B)

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