University of Chichester

University of Chichester

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Please note this course is now closed as we have filled all of our places.

The British association of sport and exercise sciences (BASES) has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification. The course, therefore, seeks to provide students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfil the initial requirements for professional BASES accreditation. The field of sport and exercise psychology in the UK has evolved rapidly in the last decade to reflect the increased interest in sporting excellence and physical activity for health and wellbeing. Sport and exercise scientists provide support and psychological skills training to athletes to help them meet the demands of training and competition. In addition they can be found working with coaches and officials, advising on leadership, group dynamics and communication skills. In the health sector, physical activity is now recognised as an effective intervention for a range of health and social issues. Opportunities now exist for exercise specialists to work in cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, cancer and obesity support. Wider employment exists within the business sector and local government in areas of health promotion, employee wellbeing and project evaluation. Through studying a range of modules students will develop their knowledge and critical appraisal of sport and exercise psychology theory, research and application.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree (2.1) which confers the British psychological society's graduate basis for chartership (GBC status); students are normally invited to attend an interview; the interview seeks to establish the candidate's ability to complete the MSc and any potential gaps in knowledge that may hinder progress; where such gaps are identified candidates may be referred to preparatory study prior to the start of the course; all judgements are based on the expectation that the candidates are able to benefit from and successfully complete the programme.

Course modules

Sport psychology; psychology of exercise and health; sport psychology intervention; professional practice in sport and exercise psychology; research methods and statistics I; research methods and statistics II; the research dissertation; independent study module.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on assignments and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 5,510 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bishop Otter Campus Chichester PO19 6PE South East

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