M.Sc. Sport and Exercise Psychology

Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences | University of Jyväskylä | Jyväskylä , Finland
Sport and Exercise Psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and exercice contexts, and the practical application of that knowledge. Sport and exercise psychology builds on the scientific fields of psychology, education, and sport and health sciences.
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Sport and Exercise Psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and exercice contexts, and the practical application of that knowledge. Sport and exercise psychology builds on the scientific fields of psychology, education, and sport and health sciences.

Programme aim

The aim of the Master's Degree Programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology is to provide high-quality research-oriented master's-level education, through English, in the multidisciplinary field of Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP).

The programme will equip the student with the necessary knowledge and competences required to move into the academic field of sport and exercise psychology. This is done by developing students’ knowledge and skills in working with the issues of motivation, high performance, behaviour regulation, cognition, exercise counselling, and preventive interventions within the contexts of sport and exercise. The broad educational aim is to train professionals to serve individuals and communities in accordance with best professional practice.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for experts in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Graduates from the programme will be employed in the private and public sectors as, for example, psychological health and well-being consultants, performance enhancement consultants, or academic researchers in sport and exercise psychology.

As the programme is research-oriented, many of our graduates have continued or wish to continue to PhD studies.The graduates who have entered the working life have had e.g. following titles: coach, personal trainer, entrepreneur, research assistant, programme assistant and trainer/educator.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 22
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

* There is no tuition fee in the programme as most of the higher education in Finland is free of charge as the Finnish government supports the universities and their educational programmes. The government wants to invest in the education of both Finnish and international students by providing them with high class education without tuition fees.

Start date September 1
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Degree structure

The Master's Degree Programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology consists of 120 ECTS credits spread over two years of full-time academic study. Each student will draft an individualised study plan in co-operation with the programme director. Completing the Master’s programme requires the successful completion of all modules included in the individualised study plan.

Aside from the regular programme modules the Master’s programme also gives students the opportunity to complete a practicum period, gaining valuable experience and expertise to increase their career opportunities upon graduation. The practicum can also be completed abroad. Additionally, students have the possibility to participate in a two-week international Intensive Course organised by one of the partner universities of the University of Jyväskylä.


  • 1. Introduction to the Master's Programme, Individualised Study Plan and Portfolio
  • 2. Language modules
  • 3. Intercultural competence
  • 4. Research methods
  • 5. Expertise in specific academic fields
  • 6. Optional studies
  • 7. Professional development and practicum
  • 8. Master's thesis and seminars
Total number of credits (minimum): 120


Previous studies - Bachelor's degree in a relevant field

Previous studies qualifying applicants for entry into the programme include a Bachelor's degree in

  • Psychology (including Sport and Exercise Psychology, Social Psychology, general Psychology),
  • Sport Sciences (such as Physical Education, Sport Administration, Coaching),
  • Health Sciences or
  • another related field.

Knowledge of research methods

The applicants must possess basic knowledge of research methodology. This is assessed through

  • courses taken in research methodology mentioned in the application form and attested by the transcript of records or other certificates, and
  • a preliminary research proposal for the master's thesis

Proven interest in issues related to the programme

Proven interest in the field of sport and/or exercise psychology may take the form of

  • work experience
  • research experience and/or
  • voluntary work

in a sports and/or psychology setting. Proof should be provided in the form of testimonials or other written confirmation from a relevant professional (e.g. employer, supervisor) who can attest to the applicant's interest in the field of sport and exercise psychology.

Reasons for applying, i.e. motivation

In the application form the student is asked to write about his/her motivation to the apply to the programme, to study in the field and to become an expert in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

English language proficiency

The language of instruction in the Master's Degree Programme in Sport and Exercise Psychology is English. Selected candidates must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English at the time of application.The required level of English proficiency can be proved by the following means:

  • previous education (bachelor’s or master’s degree, high school or upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based). TOEFL ITP (Institutional Test) is not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum score of 6.5
  • PTE (Academic) minimum score of 59
  • CAE or CPE with grade A, B or C

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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