University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course presents the UK's first 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 apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist. The course offers a unique 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 two 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 you have completed the requirements for Stage 1 (i.e. Stage 1 BPS QSEP), you 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 three core units: Publication and Dissemination (30 credits), Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project and Professional Practice and Research (30 credits), and Professional Research and Development Project in Sport and Exercise Psychology (360 credits). These units are made up of component parts and are assessed through portfolio work, presentation, and viva voce examination.

Assessment methods

You will be assigned one 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 you will be assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as two Supervisors for Part 2 of the course. There are further opportunities to attend research seminars and workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.

The Professional Doctorate consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.

Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of manuscripts for publication and documents for review in line with the BPS QSEP) and oral presentations. This should normally take 36 months to complete.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
Professional doctorate Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years

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Contact: 
Research Team - Faculty of Science
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023 9284 2994