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Why study at Roehampton. Accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS). Taught by Chartered Psychologists, with applied elements being delivered by HCPC registered Sport Psychologists. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • Accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS)
  • Taught by Chartered Psychologists, with applied elements being delivered by HCPC registered Sport Psychologists
  • Covers a variety of theoretical issues in sport and exercise psychology, 100% of our psychology research has an impact on societies around the world (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

Course summary

Learn how to optimise athlete performance and improve well-being and activity levels by studying the psychology behind sport at Roehampton. You will explore key factors that affect sports performance, well-being, and activity levels such as mental toughness, self-confidence, motivation, stress and anxiety, concentration, and the psychology of sport injury.

This innovative programme provides you with a thorough theoretical, conceptual and research informed grounding in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology. You will develop a strong scientific understanding of human behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. You will also enhance your understanding of relationships between the theoretical concepts and current techniques used in sport and exercise psychology assessment and support. This will include becoming familiar with the different types of approaches, assessment strategies, and psychological skills used by Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologists.

To support your professional development, this course will cover the idea of reflective practice, and codes of conduct. You will also develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, methodology and design of research within sport and exercise psychology, and gain research skills through the completion of a detailed, empirical research dissertation and benefit from the support of our staff’s wide areas of expertise.

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society to provide you with Stage 1 training in preparation for your professional career in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Successful completion of the course will grant access to Stage 2 training with the BPS, the next stage on the route to becoming an Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

Important information:

Please note that only applicants who already hold, or are eligible for, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (i.e., they must have undertaken a BPS accredited undergraduate degree), OR those who plan to obtain it by subsequently completing a BPS accredited conversion course, are eligible to register for the Psychology of Sport & Exercise MSc.

To have GBC, applicants must have successfully completed a BPS accredited undergraduate degree, usually in Sport Psychology or Psychology. For more information about BPS accreditation and to check the accreditation status of a course that you have completed please click here.

If you are not currently eligible for GBC and are interested in completing a conversion course, please click here for more information.

For applicants without GBC we would normally only admit those whose first degree has a substantial psychology component (e.g., Sport Science/Sport & Exercise Science). Should you want to discuss your eligibility before applying, please email .

Please note that the BPS does not accredit overseas institutions (apart from Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong) therefore applicants with an overseas degree in Psychology will need to apply for individual Graduate Membership of the BPS. If you are an international applicant you can contact the BPS to discuss your eligibility for GBC based upon your previous qualifications. For further information please contact the BPS Qualifications Team, +44 (0)116 252 9933 or " target="_blank">


In the module ‘Approaches to Psychological Support’ you will initially be introduced to the varied approaches within sport and exercise psychology, and undertake an in-depth review of the differences of the theories, looking at them in practice through a selection of case studies. Other modules, such as ‘Application of Psychological Support’, will allow you to link theory to practice, and students will have the opportunity to develop consultancy skills under the guidance/supervision of a BPS Chartered/HPCP registered member of staff.

Further modules will provide important knowledge with respect to sport performance as well as well-being and physical activity promotion. Within the ‘Psychology of Sport and Performance’ module you will gain a critical appreciation for various social processes and individual differences that influence performance. The ‘Psychology of Physical Activity, Health and Injury’ module will explore the determinants and outcomes of physical activity and inactivity and provide students with important insights towards preventing, treating and managing certain health conditions.

You will also gain insightful knowledge of contemporary issues concerning professional practice within sport psychology. The module ‘Professional Practice in Sport Psychology’ will explore the importance of ethics and reflection within your practice, whilst also exploring the challenges and opportunities that you may face when working with various athlete populations (e.g., team sport athletes, injured athletes, and young athletes).

Finally, you will have the opportunity to undertake research on your areas of specific interest for your dissertation project. During the year, you follow a coherent pathway of study to facilitate your future direction within the exciting discipline of sport and exercise psychology.


Here are examples of modules we currently offer:

  • MSc/MA Research Dissertation
  • Psychology of Physical Activity, Health and Injury
  • Approaches to Psychological Support
  • Research Methods
  • Application of Psychological Support
  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Psychology of Sport and Performance

Career options

Students go on to work as sport and exercise psychologists, fitness instructors, teachers, lecturers, counsellors and coaches, as well going on to further academic study.

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The course focuses on developing a student’s scientific understanding of the human mind, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these and the domain of sport and exercise. Read more
The course focuses on developing a student’s scientific understanding of the human mind, behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these and the domain of sport and exercise. It has been designed to be flexible and relevant to the student’s individual needs and interests, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within the modular structure all students undertake core/compulsory modules in:

Research Skills;
Independent Study (a one to one supervised programme of work leading to the development of the proposal for the Research Project);
Supervised Experience – a module tailored to the needs of the individual and could include directed work with a specified client group or individual;
Research Project relevant to the programme being studied.
Research Skills
Research Skills is a double credit taught module. Students study the broad nature of the research process that will allow them to complete, initially, an appropriate Independent Study (in which a research proposal for the Research Project is completed) and subsequently, a full Research Project. The module covers material relevant to the design and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research. It also provides a broad understanding of the benefits and limitations of various research methods, research designs, data collection instruments and data analysis tools. Students are given the opportunity to develop their ability to be critically evaluative.

Specific content includes: Statistical issues in quantitative research and design; Simple and multiple (forced entry, moderated and mediated) regression analyses; Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Repeated measures analysis of variance using the multivariate solution; Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions; Experiments and causal inference; External and construct validity; Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; Correlational and epidemiological research; Reliability and validity in quantitative and qualitative research; Issues in qualitative research and design; Interviews; Single case design and analysis; Observation; Narrative; Ethnography; grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Independent Study
The Independent Study should consist of a critical and concise review of the research literature pertaining to a particular research question. A rationale for the proposed research question must be provided, along with a sound methodology for exploring the research question, planned analyses, and expected outcomes. Further, anticipated problems such as resources, equipment, possible ethical issues, informed consent forms, a statement of feasibility of the project and expected costs must be discussed.

Supervised Experience
The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual’s personal applied support skills. Initially, students complete an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and set personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on Ethics in Research and consultancy, communication and counselling skills and how to conduct a needs assessment. Specific physiology and psychology workshops (eg Imagery) will also take place.

Students will complete a contract of intended activities agreed with their supervisor in the first four weeks of their programme of study. This contract may, where appropriate, include the intention to apply to British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) to commence a formally logged Supervised Experience.

A portfolio will then be developed; the portfolio records activities including meetings with supervisor, attendance at workshops, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thought/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (ie evidence of reflective practice).

Overview and Format of the Research Project module
The Research Project is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (ie equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Students work closely with their supervisor to develop the work on their research proposal submitted during the Independent Study module. As External Examiners have noted, throughout this module students receive excellent research training from leaders in the field, with the resulting projects being published in international, peer reviewed journals.

Specifically, this will involve a review of research evidence with the aim of formulating an appropriate research question, and will likely involve some refinement and pilot work. Once achieved, the student will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry. The supervisor provides excellent expert guidance throughout the process.

Mono-disciplinary studies and interdisciplinary work, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management. Students will be expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.

Students also undertake additional compulsory modules in Sport Psychology and Exercise Psychology, and choose one optional module from Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete or Effective Coaching.

The programme is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, practical work, tutorials and role play. Each module comprises approximately 200 hours (including formal contact).

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Why study at Roehampton. The PsychD programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • The PsychD programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • You will be taught by a team of experienced practitioners and trainers, including leading international figures in the field.
  • The programme offers a variety of opportunities to undertake clinical placements and research projects including at Roehampton’s bespoke therapeutic clinic. 
  • The programme provides high levels of support for trainees’ clinical and research development and an emphasis on employability. 
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact.

Course summary

This programme provides professional training that leads to eligibility for registration as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

This programme has recently been updated and re-validated to incorporate new BPS standards. It is at the leading edge of international developments in counselling psychology practice, research and theory; and brings together contemporary understandings from person-centred psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy. There is a strong emphasis on your identity and employability as a practitioner psychologist, including skills in assessment and formulation, leadership, service evaluation, psychological testing, qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The course is based on a relational pluralistic philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. This means that we respect and value a wide range of approaches to psychological intervention and research, view relationships as central to wellbeing, and seek to enable trainees to make a positive difference both at an individual and social level through their clinical and research work.

You will join a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers, who will help you achieve your goals, and enable you to make a valuable contribution to the field of counselling psychology. 


In years one and two as a trainee, you will focus on gaining clinical experience working in person-centred and psychodynamic models of therapy respectively. In year three, you will have the option of gaining experience working in a cognitive-behavioural, integrative or pluralistic model. By the end of the programme, you will have completed a minimum requirement of 450 supervised client hours in a range of placement settings.

Starting in your second year, you will work towards the production of a doctoral portfolio to showcase and integrate your learning as a counselling psychologist, across both professional practice and research domains. The portfolio contains elements, such as research papers, that you will be encouraged to submit for publication, thus further enhancing your professional contribution and employability.

During your training, you will develop key transferable skills as a practitioner psychologist, in research, psychological testing, service evaluation, team working and leadership. Your development will be closely supported and monitored throughout the programme, using formative and summative assessment, involving clinical tutors and research supervisors.

The programme is affiliated to the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). CREST carries out world-leading research into psychological therapies. You have the option of choosing an area of doctoral inquiry that is aligned with CREST research activities. CREST also has a dedicated therapy and research clinic located at the university. This provides unique opportunities for you to engage in cutting-edge research. You can also undertake practice placements within the clinic.


Here are examples of some the modules we currently offer:

  • Professional Practice and Development
  • Person-centred and Experiential Theory and Practice
  • Inclusion Ethics and social Justice
  • Assessment Formulation and Clinical Presentations
  • Research in Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced Practice and Resarch

Career options

As an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist you will be qualified to work in a range of settings, including the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice. As well as providing psychotherapeutic interventions, your work may include providing clinical supervision, service management, teaching, research and consultancy. Click here to find out more about the scope of counselling psychology and about careers on the BPS website.

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*Accredited by the British Psychological Society. *Aimed at. Psychology graduates wishing to specialise in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Read more


*Accredited by the British Psychological Society
*Aimed at: Psychology graduates wishing to specialise in Sport and Exercise Psychology
*Successful completion confers Stage 1 of training to become a Chartered (and HCPC-accredited) Sport and Exercise Psychologist
*Engaging course team with a wealth of teaching, practitioner and research experience


Research Methods and Data Analysis (45 credits)
Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports Performance (15 credits)
Social Processes in Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
Psychological Skills for Practitioners (15 credits)
Individual Differences in Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

Performance Lifestyle (15 credits) OR
Professional Development (15 credits)


*Outstanding Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (NSS equivalent) ratings
*Commended for the range of facilities underpinning the programme
*Commended for the knowledge base, research expertise and applied experience of the programme team
*Commended for the range of pedagogies and approaches to learning and teaching
*Commended for the approachability and supportive nature of the programme team
*2014: 100% of student respondents would recommend the course to another prospective student
(Formal commendations from BPS re-accreditation report, 2013)

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The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Read more
The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Choosing to study with us will not only provide you with an intellectually stimulating degree, but also by providing you with access to the latest research expertise and specialist equipment, we will develop your thirst for knowledge and inspire you to question, research and analyse your theories.

We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are employable professionals. It is increasingly important that your postgraduate degree programme develop the skills that employers are after and alongside the acquisition of academic knowledge, our students will develop and apply skills in:
-Verbal communication
-Professional report writing
-Analytical thinking

Adding value to your employability skills

Whilst there are no dedicated placement opportunities on this programme, our students have the opportunity to visit local courts and prisons to see their learning in practice.

“I really enjoyed the visit to the court. I think it was good experience to get to talk to the judge, barrister and the probation officer and have the opportunity to ask them questions. It was useful how they talked about their job roles and also talked about the work they have done with psychologists and how psychologists have helped them with their job”

“I really enjoyed the visit to Manchester Crown Court. I think that it is a fantastic opportunity to talk to those who work in this field and ask them direct questions about their job. The barrister, circuit judge and the probation officer were able to give us direct feedback of the work they have done in collaboration with psychologists and how much they value the work done with them. It enables us, as master’s students, to discuss our dissertation with the probation officer, barrister and circuit judge and hear ideas from a different perspective”

Student feedback, trip to Manchester Crown Court, Nov 2015

International Research

Research in the department primarily focuses on solving real world problems, ensuring that our theoretically strong work has an impact outside academia. Currently holding grants from the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council our research is not only relevant and underpinned by a unique blend of qualitative and quantitative orientations but has international reach and esteem.

Members of the Forensic Psychology team conduct applied and practitioner focused research. Particular areas of expertise are:
-The investigation of crime; homicide and police decision making
-Eyewitness and alibi evidence
-Expert witness evidence
-Juror decision making

As well as publishing hundreds of peer reviewed articles and journals, many of our staff have published popular and well established Psychology books in the areas listed below:
-'Preventing self-injury and suicide in women's prisons', Dr Tammi Walker
-'Body image', Professor Sarah Grogan
-'Mental toughness', Professor Peter Clough
-'Culture and Psychology', Dr Andrew Stevenson

Features and benefits of the course

-Accredited by the British Psychological Society, if students enter this programme with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from their undergraduate Psychology degree then successful completion of this programme will fulfil stage one of the requirements towards Chartered Membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.
-130 high quality academic papers in print over the last 12 months
-96% of students are satisfied with the quality of our teaching (NSS)
-We have a clear focus on student employability, offering psychometric testing and workshops to support students in their personal progression and future job applications.

Assessment details

Students are assessed utilising a variety of assessment formats including: essays, professional reports and presentations.

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The psychology of human performance in sport and exercise environments is fundamental to helping individuals to realise their physical, technical and health performance potential. Read more

Why take this course?

The psychology of human performance in sport and exercise environments is fundamental to helping individuals to realise their physical, technical and health performance potential.

This course aims to train you to understand how the mind can impact human behaviour and performance within competitive sport and everyday physical activity settings.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Be taught by our BPS Chartered Psychologists and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists who have a wealth of experience in research and applied practice in sport and exercise psychology
Use specialist facilities and benefit from our strong links with UK Sport and the Fuchs Foundation

What opportunities might it lead to?

The global sport industry is estimated to be worth in excess of £110 billion and is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, research, sport science support, or the health and fitness sectors.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means that graduates are eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). It also opens up a wide range of training and development opportunities.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

UK Sport
Sport governing bodies
Health and fitness companies
Private healthcare companies

Module Details

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.

Programme Assessment

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:

Scientific reports
Reflective accounts
Product development

Student Destinations

Specific careers directly related to this qualification include becoming an applied practitioner, and a researcher and/or a lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology. Researchers tend to be employed by commercial companies and academic institutions. Lecturers in this field are employed by further and higher educational establishments.

Given the range of general employability skills developed throughout the programme, you could go on to a variety of careers in other sectors, for example, business, the police and the armed services.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Sports and exercise scientist
Lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology
Researcher in sport and/or exercise psychology

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The Psychology MSc is a conversion course aimed at graduate students whose first degree was in a (relevant) subject other than Psychology. Read more
The Psychology MSc is a conversion course aimed at graduate students whose first degree was in a (relevant) subject other than Psychology. The Psychology MSc provides knowledge and understanding of the core areas in psychology and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.


-Confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership
-Gain entry to our BPS accredited masters programmes
-Study all of the main theoretical areas of psychology


Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing transferable skills, such as IT, groupwork, communication, report-writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

These skills enable our graduates to secure employment in areas other than psychology. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to develop your own approach to study and to take responsibility for planning and developing your own your own learning.

The course will improve your knowledge of Psychology and put you in a position where you can go on to further psychological study or give your career a greater focus on psychology. The course is academically challenging and provides a comprehensive foundation of psychological theory and research, offering insights into behaviour from a variety of perspectives. During the course you will build the knowledge and skills necessary to fully appreciate the depth and breadth essential to the study of psychology. There are many opportunities for you to practise and apply these skills with an emphasis on increasing your confidence and competence.

On this course you will study all of the main theoretical areas of psychology including:
-Biological Psychology which explores the relationship between the brain, the body and behaviour.
-Social Psychology considers how an individual’s behaviour is affected by the presence of others.
-Cognitive Psychology looks at how people perceive, remember, think and solve problems.
-Developmental Psychology is the study of how peoples thinking and social behaviour changes with age.
-Individual Differences looks at how people differ from one another, for example in terms of their intelligence and personality.

You will also study contemporary issues and debates in psychology, ethics in psychology and applied areas of psychology including counselling, clinical, forensic, educational, sport, work and health psychology.

Research Methods outlines the research methods and statistical analyses that are used in psychological research. You will both learn about these and put these into practice.

You will also conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice.


Aimed at students seeking to enter employment as professional psychologists, the programme is a first step towards chartered status as a professional psychologist (GBC).

Successful graduates with GBC will have appropriate academic evidence for further study on our BPS accredited Masters’ degree programmes in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Crime, Occupational Psychology or Health Psychology, each of which are important stages in career development within these fields.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Who is it for?. These courses are for high-performing, self-directed individuals who want to learn about complex problems of health and healthcare from a psychological perspective. Read more

Who is it for?

These courses are for high-performing, self-directed individuals who want to learn about complex problems of health and healthcare from a psychological perspective. Applicants will have the desire to conduct innovative research to understand these issues and develop and evaluate potential solutions. The programme is a Stage 1 Health Psychology qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It has been designed for students who would like to go on to a PhD or DPsych in Health Psychology.

The MSc Health Psychology is for students with an undergraduate degree accredited by the British Psychological Society. If you do not have Graduate Basis for Registration with the BPS but would like to undertake a Masters degree in this subject, we offer the MSc Psychology and Health as an equivalent programme with identical modules (but no accreditation by the BPS).


Health psychology explores the psychological and behavioural processes that influence the maintenance and promotion of health, the development of illness, and the delivery of healthcare through rigorous research that feeds into evidence-based practice.

Teaching at City promotes the scientist-practitioner model in which research influences how we practice, while allowing our experiences in practice to shape the research questions we address.

We recognise that great research will not make a difference to people’s lives unless the lessons learned feed into interventions for the public, patients and healthcare professionals.  You will learn how to make research evidence accessible to help maximise its impact.

Taught by a team of leading research-active academics, who are members of the Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR), the MSc Health Psychology/ Psychology & Health programme is designed to give you foundational knowledge to propel you to an exciting career in the discipline.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions the course considers:

  • How can psychological theory help us understand health and illness behaviours?
  • What can be done to promote and sustain health lifestyles?
  • How can we help people cope with a diagnosis?
  • What are the challenges facing individuals living with long-term conditions?
  • How can we make complex behavioural interventions more effective?


The MSc in Health Psychology has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1999 and confers the Stage 1 requirements towards becoming a Health Psychologist.

The MSc in Psychology and Health, which is not accredited by the BPS, was set up in 1999 for applicants who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, but who have an interest in psychological issues related to health.

Teaching and learning

The course uses a range of teaching methods including classroom teaching, seminars and workshops. You will also be able to learn from our on-site TECS lab. This is a dedicated smart home equipped with tele-health and tele-care applications and an adjacent monitoring system.

The purpose of the TECS lab is to enable researchers to monitor long-term conditions, and use technology to track an individual’s health in real time. For example seat and bed occupancy sensors enable health psychologists to monitor physical movement and intervene when routine behaviours are disrupted.


You will be assessed through a varied combination of formats throughout the programme including coursework, examination, a diary component, online discussion forums and a significant piece of empirical research.


The programme consists of eight compulsory modules and all the teaching takes place in the first two terms. In term one you will be introduced to behavioural medicine, lifestyle, gender and culture, theoretical foundations of health psychology and research design and statistics. In the second term you study understanding and managing long term conditions, developing complex interventions, professional practice and contextual issues in health psychology and advanced research design and statistics. The third term is dedicated to the dissertation.

You may have the opportunity to interact directly with patients or healthcare professionals at the dissertation stage of this Masters degree. You will be conducting your own independent research and this may, for example, involve interviewing patients or professionals about a particular subject, or delivering behaviour change interventions.

To become a qualified researcher and practitioner, you will need to be able to understand and critique published research and to understand practitioner issues, so you can conduct your own research from scratch. At City we will encourage you to conduct research on the front line working on projects that require ethical approval, where you are engaging with real people so you can have a direct impact on their lives.

Core modules

  • Theoretical foundations of health psychology (15 credits)
  • Behavioural medicine (15 credits)
  • Understanding and managing long-term conditions (15 credits)
  • Lifespan, gender & culture (15 credits)
  • Developing complex interventions (15 credits)
  • Professional and contextual Issues in health psychology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to research design & statistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced research design & statistics (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

Health psychologists work in academia as researchers and within the NHS and the wider healthcare sector. The nature of the work means you will be trying to influence public health policy in terms of the way that health care is practised. You will also be evaluating how health care professionals do their work while adhering to the best clinical standards.

Becoming a healthcare psychologist

As a UK student, because the Health Psychology MSc is accredited, it is known as Stage 1 of the standard training in healthcare psychology. By successfully completing this course you will be able to move on to Stage 2 training (a doctoral level qualification in health psychology). This leads to becoming a fully recognised health psychologist whereby you can apply for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Full membership of the Division of Health Psychology means you will also be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Chartered Health Psychologist. You can only use the protected title ‘Health Psychologist’ by registering with the HCPC, the statutory regulator.

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This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of the theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology. Our scientist-practitioner approach equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic psychology practice. Read more
This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of the theoretical and applied issues in forensic psychology. Our scientist-practitioner approach equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic psychology practice.

The MSc in Forensic Psychology offers comprehensive professional training in forensic psychology. You will gain an in-depth experience of offending and victim pathways, as well as the investigative process. Through the use of a structured framework, you will also study theory and conduct research relating to forensic psychology practice. The course has two different routes:

Forensic Psychology, MSc (Accredited)
This route is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), thereby accounting for Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology. Students enrolling on this route must have a first degree in psychology providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS. We will attempt to provide you with a placement within local forensic units (ie HM Prison Service, NHS, Police, or the Forensic Interview Laboratory within the School of Psychology), however, this is not always guaranteed for all students.

Forensic Psychology, MSc (Non-accredited)
This route is not accredited by the BPS and therefore does not fulfil Stage 1 of the BPS qualification in Forensic Psychology. If a student on this non-accredited route wanted to progress onto Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology in the future, they would need to go back and complete the necessary conversion programme to give them the requisite GBC with the BPS.

This route is aimed primarily at those students who do not possess a first degree in psychology providing GBC with the BPS, but whose degree covers research methods and statistics relevant to psychology (eg a joint or combined honours degree which includes psychology, or an international psychology degree that does not confer GBC with the BPS). Other qualifications/experience may be acceptable and will be considered by the Programme Director (eg mental health specialists, police officers, prison officers).

No placements will be provided on this route (with the exception of the Forensic Interview Laboratory within the School of Psychology - space permitting). You are, however, free to gain access to your own placement.

Northumbria Police are proud to support this course and to be working in collaboration with the School of Psychology at Newcastle University.

You will develop your understanding of forensic psychology in a multi-disciplinary and professional context. We promote collaborative teaching and research through our strong links with UK forensic psychology practitioners, including Her Majesty's Prison Service, the National Health Service (NHS) and Police.

You will gain demonstrable, advanced knowledge and critical understanding in:
-Theories and professional issues of forensic psychology
-The breadth and depth of forensic psychology
-The role of psychology within the legal system (civil and criminal)
-The National Offender Management system
-Legislation under which forensic psychologists work
-Investigative psychology and forensic interviewing
-Investigative process from pre-trial/conviction to through/after-care and restorative justice
-Legal, ethical and contextual issues in the evaluation of research and practice
-Debating and using evidence from appropriate literature
-Legal processes

You will also gain professional skills in:
-Writing parole board and analytical reports
-Developing forensic case formulations
-Independent learning
-Project planning
-Problem solving
-Time management

Your specialist skills and knowledge will be developed through a combination of:
-Written reports
-Reflective journals
-Interview guides
-Oral presentations


The School of Psychology provides high quality facilities to all our students, researchers and staff. We are located in the Ridley Building where you will have access to a postgraduate resources room with networked computers and printer.


This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The accreditation shows that the course meets the standards set by the BPS.

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Course content. The Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

Course content

The Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

It is a one-year full time (with part time routes available) programme of study designed for graduates from either Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences who are seeking to gain professional recognition through the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP).

Graduates would therefore practice as an Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist.

The MSc will also act as a suitable postgraduate qualification for those seeking research positions and other professions.

Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise psychologists (eg, working with individual athletes or clubs, teaching in further and higher education and health promotion).

Coupled with such growth has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has developed procedures for the accreditation of suitably experienced individuals that stipulate the possession of a relevant form of postgraduate qualification.

Similarly BASES require applicants for Supervised experience to also have a postgraduate qualification in a specialist discipline. 

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology therefore seeks to provide students with an opportunity to study at a postgraduate level to fulfill the initial requirements for BPS and BASES accreditation, to develop their specialist knowledge of the psychology and to increase their skills in applying such knowledge in both sporting and exercise populations.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.  Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

The course prepares students for a range of graduate careers; our students have gone on to further work or training in a variety of fields including:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher research Degrees (PhD)
  • Teaching
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports coaching
  • Exercise Referral
  • Business management and recruitment

For those wishing to commence training for BPS QSEP Stage 2 and BASES SE, there are opportunities for supervision from academic staff who are qualified supervisors and associates of the Sports Performance Rehabilitation Unit.

Indicative modules

All students are required to complete six taught modules, five discipline modules and one in research methods and statistics. In addition, students will complete a research dissertation. 

Modules currently available are: 

  • Social Processes in Sport
  • Performance Psychology 
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Enhancing Physical Activity and Wellbeing 
  • Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology 
  • Advanced Applied Research Skills for Sport
  • Research Dissertation 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered in small groups and is interactive. Students are encouraged to debate topics and lead their fellow students through presentations and discussions. In a number of modules there is also a practical element to gain experience of delivering mental skills techniques and developing the skills needed for applied practice. 

Requirements for exit qualifications:

  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a sport science support placement.

Course delivery

The full time course runs from the start of the academic year in September through to the following August. 

Students undertake 3 taught modules in the autumn (September to December) and spring (January to May) semester. 

The dissertation or supervised experience is conducted and completed over the summer semester (June to August). Taught classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Part-time routes are available and those wishing to complete their studies part-time should contact the programme co-ordinator to discuss the options.

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Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the . Read more

Our MSc in Health Psychology is designed for students interested in a career in health psychology and has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). 

Health psychologists are interested in the psychological processes underlying health, illness and healthcare. They seek to develop interventions that enable people to maintain good health, as well as improve outcomes for people with health conditions and improve the experience of undergoing diagnostic and healthcare processes.

On successful completion of a BPS-accredited MSc in Health Psychology, students who hold BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership can continue to Stage 2 training to become Chartered Psychologistswith the BPS and to become registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Health Psychologists.

You will learn from staff at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology , covering topics such as:

  • key theories in health psychology and how to apply them;
  • current approaches to changing health-related behaviour at individual, population and regulatory levels;
  • the interaction between psychological processes (cognitions, emotions, behaviour) and disease and illness;
  • the ways in which social-cultural factors contribute to health;
  • advanced research methods and analysis techniques in both quantitative and qualitative research;
  • the role and scope of health psychology within academic and healthcare settings.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through face-to-face interactive sessions consisting of some lecture material with discussions and group work, as well as audio-visual stimuli.

All course units are supported by the use of Blackboard (a virtual learning environment) through which you can access lecture slides, reading lists and other accompanying material. 

Each course unit on Blackboard also has its own discussion board, where you can post questions and interact with staff and other students on the course.

A significant amount of teaching and learning will take place through the dissertation unit (60 credits), where you will be expected to take a lead role in developing a research project with regular support, input, and mentorship from their project supervisor.

Coursework and assessment

We use a wide range of methods to assess your progress on the course, including:

  • the dissertation (in the format of a paper prepared for publication in a scientific journal);
  • oral presentations;
  • poster presentations;
  • systematic reviews;
  • case reports;
  • portfolio of tasks;
  • research poster and writing for a lay audience;
  • essays and examinations;
  • a reflective log, in which you will reflect on your learning and development as you progress along the course.

You will also be required to prepare a CV and application for a job or further training, providing you with the opportunity to gain feedback on the way you present yourself to maximise employability or progression to further training at the end of the course.

Course unit details

Full-time students will take four 15-credit taught units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2. Two of these units will be taught on Mondays, the other two on Thursdays. Part-time students will take two taught units each year of their studying (such that they will be expected to attend classes on one day of the week each year).

In addition, all students will be allocated a supervisor for the dissertation (60 credits), a unit that runs for the full year (students are also expected to work on the dissertation over the summer). The dissertation consists of an independent piece of research.

Note: we are aware that you may have other commitments outside of the MSc (eg employment) and we fit teaching into two days of the week to help you to manage multiple commitments. However, this is an intensive, demanding course, so you need to make sure that you are able to fit in full-time (or part-time) studying hours around external commitments. 

Semester 1:

  • Research Methods 1
  • Professional Issues
  • Facilitating Change (Part 1)
  • Health and Society

Semester 2:

  • Research Methods 2
  • Mind and Body
  • Health Behaviour Change
  • Illness and Healthcare

This course is taught in parallel with the  MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology and students on both courses take the same units for the first semester. Students enrolled on the MSc Health Psychology may transfer to MSc Clinical and Health Psychology at the end of Semester 1 should they wish to do so.


You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service 

Career opportunities

Health psychologists work in a range of settings including academia, health authorities and the NHS. Find out more about health psychology careers on the BPS website .

Our MSc also provides a strong grounding in health psychology and research skills, producing students who are strong candidates for roles or training in research (eg PhD study). Find out more about research careers in psychology on the BPS website .

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which has commended various aspects of the course. Its comments include:

  • The programme team are highly accessible to students, as well as being enthusiastic and supportive programme leaders.
  • The programme has a variety of innovative and rigorous assessments that allow students to apply their knowledge to real-life tasks which will help them with their future employment or study, and with engaging with a wide variety of audiences.
  • There is a broad range of skills and experience within the Health Psychology team who, along with the range of external speakers that are involved, give students an excellent teaching and learning experience.

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Our MSc Organisational Psychology course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to work organisations. Read more

Our MSc Organisational Psychology course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to work organisations. The course develops your understanding of psychology as well as equipping you with practical skills for working as a psychologist within organisations.

The course at Alliance Manchester Business School:

  • Is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society, providing the basis for achieving Chartered Psychologist status
  • Covers the seven core areas of organisational psychology, giving you a broad basis for future practice
  • Includes Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B) qualifications for psychometric testing at work, enabling you to enroll on the British Psychological Society's Register of Qualifications in Test Use
  • Is delivered by research-active staff, who draw on their expertise to engage you with the most up-to-date psychological research and methods
  • Develops commercial awareness and business skills necessary in a competitive work environment

The course runs over one year (two years for part-time students) and comprises two taught semesters plus a research dissertation. The taught modules use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, group work, case studies and practical exercises, and are assessed using a range of techniques, including examinations, essays, applied coursework and presentations.

Special features

MSc Organisational Psychology course was re-accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a further six years, with no conditions. We are only one of 20 schools in the UK to be accredited by the BPS to offer the Masters course that allows students to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

Additional course information

Read Sheena Davidson's article discussing older workers in the workplace.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, report, course work, practical assessments and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

Course unit details

The course provides psychology graduates who are intending to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), in the following seven required areas: 

  • Psychological Assessment at Work
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • Well-Being and Work
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
  • Research Design, Advanced Data Gathering and Analytical Techniques
  • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Customers pay our wages: a diary study examining how to optimise customer interaction and employee wellbeing in the service sector
  • Client verbal aggression: an examination of emotional labour and associated outcomes for employees in the legal sector
  • Effects of job stressors, organisational commitment and individual attributes on Malaysian Chinese primary school teachers' burnout
  • Corporate psychopathy: the truth behind the hype
  • Improving safety using a combination of transformational and transactional leadership: a longitudinal study
  • Creativity in the workplace: a self-report measure and unanticipated costs
  • Leader effectiveness and leader-member relations: the role of interpersonal emotion regulation, follower attributions and leader empathy

Please contact us for more information on the part-time two-year route.

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates pursue the practical experience required to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists. This is usually carried out within consultancy firms or within specialist sections of large organisations. Graduates are employed as internal consultants in large commercial and industrial organisations, in HR departments, in the Police, the NHS and as management consultants. Recent recruiters include: Saville Consulting, Occupational Psychology Group, Civil Service and ORC International.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

Accrediting organisations

MSc Organisational Psychology course was re-accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a further six years, with no conditions. We are only one of 20 schools in the UK to be accredited by the BPS to offer the Masters course that allows students to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

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The MSc in Sport Psychology and Applied Sport Psychology provide students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of sport psychology within a supportive student centred environment. Read more

Course Overview

The MSc in Sport Psychology and Applied Sport Psychology provide students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of sport psychology within a supportive student centred environment. The programmes are designed to be flexible, meet students' needs and develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance their employability. The programmes are delivered by a team of dedicated sport psychology staff, many of whom are at the forefront of international research and professional practice developments in their respective fields. The application of theory to professional practice is a key strength of the programmes.

Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 31st July. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.

Please note: Due to a periodic programme review in March 2016, programme and module content may change. Please refer to our website at that point for the most up-to-date information​.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Applied-Sport-Psychology.aspx

​Course Content​​

​Core Modules: (Relevant to both MSc Applied Sport Psychology and MSc Sport Psychology programmes)
- Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative Pathway)
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
- Research Design in Sport Psychology
- Professional Development and Practice in Sport Psychology
- Counselling Skills for Sport Psychologists
- Dissertation Project

Core Modules (Relevant to MSc Sport Psychology only):
- Lifespan Development: Considerations for Sport Psychology

Option Modules (Relevant to MSc Applied Sport Psychology only).
Pick one option from:
- Understanding the Coaching Environment
- Working with Elite Performers
- Lifespan Development: considerations for sport psychology.

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (dissertation) module are 20 credit modules. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lecture, seminars, practical laboratories/ workshops, professional visits and individual and group tutorials.

Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type, seminar and practical based sessions. Group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is usually the Programme Director of your course.​


With the exception of the independent research project (dissertation), all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, needs analyses and the design of interventions, research reports, case studies, presentations, role play, and video analysis and critique.

In addition, all students are required to submit an independent research project (dissertation), which can be presented in either a traditional 12,000 word or publishable paper (8,500 word) format.

Employability & Careers​

The MSc in Sport Psychology (BPS accredited) and MSc in Applied Sport Psychology are ideally suited to those aspiring to become practicing sport psychologists, as well as teachers, lecturers and coaches. Successful completion of the MSc Sport Psychology forms Stage 1 training towards BPS Chartered Status and will enable students to progress onto Stage 2 training.

The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology provides a platform from which students can pursue Supervised Experience through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Both programmes provide an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD study.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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Complete a BPS-accredited Masters in Sports Psychology under the guidance of world-leading academic staff. The School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University conducts internationally recognised research and attracts world-class sports people, researchers and postgraduates. Read more
Complete a BPS-accredited Masters in Sports Psychology under the guidance of world-leading academic staff. The School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University conducts internationally recognised research and attracts world-class sports people, researchers and postgraduates.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•British Psychological Society accredited for applicants with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
•Route to HPC Registered Sport Psychologist status
•High levels of academic and pastoral support and access to world-class facilities in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
•Academic team possess Approved Supervisors status for the Stage 2 qualification
•Excellent career opportunities

This MSc programme is relevant for students who hold British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Certified Membership (GBC) and are looking to complete a BPS accredited Masters degree in Sport Psychology.

Applications are also invited from students with alternative qualifications, such as sport science degrees that do not confer eligibility for GBC. Please see ‘Entry Requirements’ for further details.
This ‘Stage 1’ qualification is required for progression onto ‘Stage 2’ of BPS professional training, which is the route to HCPC Registered Sport Psychologist status. Members of the programme team possess Approved Supervisors status for the Stage 2 qualification, and are available to provide supervision to those who wish to continue with their professional training post MSc.

The programme philosophy seeks to critically engage you with a broad spectrum of Sport Psychology perspectives, drawing on a range of research and applied methodologies. Founded on an academically rigorous knowledge base, studies focus on the impact that research and psychological theory has on applied practice.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Research methods and technique in sport psychology
Performance and development issues in sports psychology (such as stress, anxiety and coping, peak experience and flow, athlete identity, transition and development)
Frameworks, skills and approaches in sport psychology (including philosophy and ethics of practice and approaches to applied work, including mental skills training and the importance of identity and culture in sports organisations)
Professional practice in sport psychology
Research project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Summary. The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. Read more


The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. It trains and equips students wishing to:

  • Enter further professional training in Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Forensic Psychology;
  • Become more employable for positions in the public and private sector (such as Assistant and Associate Psychologist posts, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner posts, and Research Assistant/Analyst posts);
  • Pursue PhD research in the area of mental health.

In addition, the course has gained full AFT accreditation for Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and full BPS accreditation for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training. These can be taken as routes within the MSc programme.

This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and course content/modules are subject to change. 

Structure and content

To complete the Masters programme, students are required to successfully complete 180 university credits. Programme Routes: There are three different ‘routes’ that students can take during their time on the programme, depending on their interest or the experience they would like to gain from their training. These routes have been designed because feedback from students suggests that some people like to maintain a broad range of skills and experience, whereas others prefer to focus on a particular area of practice. The route students choose may depend on the kind of work or further training that they want to pursue beyond the MSc course itself (note that all 3 routes include the carrying out of an MSc Research Project):

  • The ‘Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’ route – This route incorporates training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), which is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. PWPs work in primary care mental health services, delivering low intensity psychological interventions (with a CBT focus) for people experiencing mild to moderate emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. This is a well-established role in mental health services in England, and services in Northern Ireland are developing to include a focus on this way of working. Students taking this route will spend time on clinical placement during the course, arranged by the course team (more on this below).
  • The main course route, entitled ‘Mental Health and Psychological Therapies’ – This route offers a breadth of experience in theory and skills training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Family Therapy & Systemic Practice skills modules, Advanced Research Methods, and a choice amongst key Mental Health and Professional Issues modules.
  • The ‘Mental Health with Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’ route – this incorporates elements of the main course route (e.g. CBT, Mental Health modules, research methods), as well as Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (fully accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice). The training focuses on approaches implemented when supporting families, but also on how these approaches and concepts can be applied to working with individuals. Students on this route must have secured their own work in a therapeutic setting (to enable them to practice systemic therapy skills), including supervision by an accredited therapist.

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)  

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Work placement / study abroad

The programme has a number of opportunities to connect clinical placement experiences with studies on campus. The BPS-accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training (which composes part of one of the course routes), includes a 9-month clinical placement in low-intensity psychological therapies services, arranged by the course team. The AFT-accredited Foundation Level Training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (which composes part of another course route), includes a module that explores and assesses students' clinical experiences in this area of practice - placement for this module is arranged by students themselves. Finally, the MSc presents a further placement opportunity for students who have completed the course, in the form of a 15-credit standalone placement module ('Clinical Placement in Applied Psychology'). A selection of clinical placements have been secured in Psychology Services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust, in specialisms including Adult Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatric Psychology, Older Adults, Personality Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Services. This post-MSc module is only open to those students who have completed the MSc at Ulster, and students who enrol on this module will be working as the equivalent of Assistant Psychologists on a voluntary basis in these services (length of placements are typically between 6 months and one year).

Career options

Currently, our graduating students are successful in acquiring Assistant Psychologist positions, which with experience is allowing people to apply for Associate Psychologist positions. Others are successful in gaining entry onto Professional Doctorate programmes in Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology, or PhD scholarships in Psychology across UK and Ireland. In addition, students who undertake the accredited Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training strand within the course will be able to seek accreditation with the BPS for working as a PWP. Finally, students who undertake AFT Foundation Level Training will have completed Stage 1 of 3 in their training to become a qualified Systemic Psychotherapist.

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