M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Psychology

University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
The psychology of human performance in sport and exercise environments is fundamental to helping individuals to realise their physical, technical and health performance potential. This course aims to train you to understand how the mind can impact upon human behaviour and performance within competitive sport and everyday physical activity settings.

Description of Sport and Exercise Psychology


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
  • NHS
  • a variety of private healthcare companies

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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. Here’s how we assess you:

  • essays
  • scientific reports
  • reflective accounts
  • presentations
  • projects

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
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.

Requirements for Sport and Exercise Psychology

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.

Work Experience for Sport and Exercise Psychology

No work experience is required.

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