University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited)

Overview The mind plays a huge role in sports and exercise performance, by helping - or preventing - people from achieving their physical and technical potential. If you're a sports or psychology graduate or current practitioner who wants to advance your sports science career, our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course is for you. On this course, you'll learn about the effect of the mind on human behaviour and performance, in and out of competition. You'll develop knowledge and skills that are critical to practitioners, and study the key themes including the psychology of elite performance, applied sport psychology and the psychology of exercise and physical activity. We'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a career in sports psychology with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means you'll be eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). What you'll experience On this course, you'll: Learn from our team of BPS Chartered Psychologists and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists, who are experienced in research and applied practice in sport and exercise psychology Use our psychology laboratory with specialist equipment including an ASL mobile eye-tracking system and PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles, to test how quickly performers respond to visual or auditory cues Benefit from our links with UK Sport and the Fuchs Foundation Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style Have 24/7 access to our library's electronic resources, including thousands of ejournals, books and newspapers Get to use our biomechanics, physiology, psychology and kinanthropometry labs, which feature professional facilities, such as an immersion pool, visual 3D software and climatic chambers Careers and opportunities When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an applied practitioner, researcher or lecturer in sport and exercise psychology. You'll also have the transferable skills for a career in other sectors, like business, the police or the armed forces. Our previous graduates have gone on to work in organisations including: UK Sport NHS Sport governing bodies Health and fitness companies Private healthcare companies Career opportunities include: Sports and exercise scientist Lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology Researcher in sport and/or exercise psychology We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice. ?What you'll study Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits. Units currently being studied Close all Year 1 Changes to course content We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit. Work experience and career planning We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the sport and exercise industries. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

Course modules

You can choose to study for this course in either full-time or part-time mode. You will study several key topics and have the valuable 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: Psychology of Elite Performance: This unit will provide an advanced theoretical, research and practical insight into the psychology of expertise and the role of psychology in optimising performance across a range of elite domains. Applied Sport Psychology: For this unit you will study contemporary approaches to applied practice and develop a range of professional skills associated with the theory to practice transfer in sport and exercise. Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity: This unit covers the emerging field of psychology in physical activity and exercise settings. You will study topics relevant to understanding how psychological theory can influence the promotion and prescription of exercise and physical activity to optimise health and wellbeing. Applied Research Methods: This unit will provide you with an opportunity to independently investigate a particular topic related to sport/exercise psychology. Research Project: This unit will provide you with an opportunity to independently investigate a particular topic related to sport/exercise psychology.

Assessment methods

Our teaching approaches include lectures, seminars, laboratory workshops, and tutorials. The varying teaching formats are reflected in the assignments. Here's how we assess you: essays, scientific reports, reflective accounts, product development, presentations, projects.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 13,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 6,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2019 3,750 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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