University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Our flexible study programme (1 day teaching) provides an advanced training in theoretical, methodological and empirical areas of sport and exercise psychology. A substantial component of the course is the advanced research project in which you are encouraged to develop your expertise in an area of special interest to you. We can tailor the course to provide a specialist education that is strong in both psychology and sport and exercise. There are opportunities to work with professional sporting organisations, participate in research conferences, peer reviewed publications or work as a research assistant. Our current students regularly publish alongside academics in peer-review journals. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society to provide Stage 1 training for full membership of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. You will be advised about progression to stage 2 training and how to become a registered sport psychologist as part of your course. Facilities: The Sport psychology laboratories are centred around a 25 person data collection facility/teaching room equipped with plasma screen, eye-tracker and a range of sports based measures. The laboratories include rowing machines, treadmills, table tennis table, a putting green and even a dart board. These permit various physiological measurements to be taken and should the research require larger facilities then you can use either the laboratories from our colleagues in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, or take advantage of the facilities in the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in psychology (or an equivalent psychology qualification) recognised by the BPS as conferring GBC. Students with a degree that does not confer GBC, but has a good match of curriculum, and/or with a relevant lower 2nd Class Honours degree, but showing a good final year performance, including a good quality dissertation/research project, will be considered on an individual basis. For students whose 1st language is not English: A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: Advanced methods in psychology; cognition and emotion in sport; social and motivational processes in sport and exercise; psychology of exercise and physical activity; applied sport psychology; advanced sport and exercise psychology project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is achieved through a combination of coursework assignments (essays, statistical exercises, presentations) and the research project.

Sponsorship information

Home/EU: Standard tuition fee discount of 20 per cent applies for UCLan award holders. International students: VC Award and early payment bursary apply.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 525 per Module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 525 per Module (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01772 892400