University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course presents the UK�s 1st integrated Professional Doctorate and stage II of the BPS qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. On completion of this course you will hold a doctoral degree, become a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist. The course offers a blended learning opportunity for those who wish to achieve both the highest level of academic degree and vocational qualification to practice as a psychologist within the sport and exercise domain. Holding these dual qualifications is increasingly important for both career and professional development in the field of sport and exercise psychology.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or conversion course in psychology or sport and exercise psychology which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered status (GBC), and a BPS accredited masters degree which confers Stage I of the BPS Qualification in sport and exercise psychology. Should an applicant not have completed these prior degrees, it is possible that they could complete these pre-requisites within the department before progressing onto the Professional Doctorate. Applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

The Professional Doctorate comprises 2 stages: Stage 1 relates to the completion of a British Psychological Society accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course (conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Status) and a British Psychological Society accredited Masters degree (conferring Stage 1 of the BPS�s Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology). If students have completed the requirements for Stage 1 (i.e. Stage 1 BPS QSEP), they will be compensated for this through APEL and will enter the programme at Stage 2 of the Professional Doctorate. Stage 2 of this course contains 2 core units: Initial Practice Development (120 credits) and Professional Practice and Research (240 credits). These units are made up of component parts and are assessed through portfolio work, presentation, and viva voce examination.

Assessment methods

Students will be assigned 1 or more University supervisors, depending on the area of research and professional development. Access to specialist advisors in the workplace will be required for Part 2 of the programme and will vary according to the area of investigation. We have excellent support systems for our Professional Doctorate students and they are assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as 2 Supervisors for Part 2 of the course. There are further opportunities to attend research seminars and workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2555