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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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On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the science underpinning performance enhancement through the key areas of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. Read more

Why take this course?

On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the science underpinning performance enhancement through the key areas of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. This will complement the practical skills and research expertise you will develop in applied settings, providing an insight into the way that scientific support is integrated into the real world of top-level sport.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop an interdisciplinary applied approach to enhancing and maintaining sports performance
Learn laboratory and field-based skills for assessing and evaluating sports performance
Develop the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and fitness companies
Coaching and training
Management roles
Sports science roles
Teaching
PhD study

Module Details

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode, with a mixture of core and compulsory units providing good flexibility for part-time students. You will study several key topics; however these are subject to innovation and progression within the field and may therefore change slightly over the years.

Here are the units you will study:

Applied Research Methods: This unit comprehensively prepares you for research in your chosen field. You will cover a range of research designs and approaches and will prepare you to undertake your MSc Research Project.

Research Project: Your final project will enable you to carry out an individual study in the area of sports/exercise performance.

Optional units include:

Applied Sports Physiology: On this unit you will examine various physiological factors that affect sports performance and learn to carry our physiological tests and measures of sports performance.

Applied Sports Psychology: You will examine various approaches to sport psychology delivery and ethical issues that might affect them in order to identify and develop a range of professional skills associated with applied practice (e.g. counselling, service evaluation and effectiveness, reflective practice).

Environmental Factors Affecting Sports Performance: This unit trains you to critically review various environmental factors that affect sports performance and links theory to practical applications for maintaining and enhancing performance in adverse environmental conditions.

Applied Sports Biomechanics: This unit provides an applied experience of biomechanics and conditioning, and encourages a focused understanding of the practical advantages and limitations of various biomechanical systems.

Professional Practice in Sports Performance: On this unit will gain experience of working in a Sports Performance setting allowing you to apply your knowledge in a professional environment.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught mainly in practical workshop sessions in which you directly apply the skills and strategies you have learnt working with athletes or each other.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-assessment and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Practical and written exams
Laboratory reports
Role plays
Presentations
Projects

Student Destinations

This course provides the skills necessary for range of careers in the sport industry, as well as providing opportunities to work toward BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist, and the theoretical basis for further specialised study.

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:

Strength and conditioning coach
Sports scientist
High performance sports coach
Personal trainer
Exercise specialist
Corporate fitness manager
University/college lecturer
Sports facility manager
PhD study
Clinical trials manager

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This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. Read more

This MSc is designed to give clinicians and practitioners a deeper understanding of sports medicine, sports injuries and exercise medicine. The programme covers the evidence-based management of sports medicine and musculoskeletal injuries, and emphasises the vital role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. This MSc can be taken full-time over one year, part-time over two years, or via flexible distance learning.

About this degree

The programme focuses on sports injuries and their prevention and treatment, and provides a thorough grounding in relevant areas of anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology and psychology, as well as the fundamentals of exercise in maintaining and improving health. Students develop essential research skills through an independent research project.

All students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Clinical sessions are spread over the year; commitment is equivalent to one half-day per week over three 12-week semesters. Clinic options include sports injury, physiotherapy and podiatry, exercise testing, and team visits.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Physical Activity
  • Sports Injuries I – Lower Limb
  • Sports Injuries II – Upper Limb
  • Sports Injuries III – Head, Neck and Spine
  • Advanced Sports Injury and Injury Prevention
  • Research Methods

Optional modules

  • Team and Event Medicine
  • Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project from a diverse range of available topics, which culminates in a dissertation, an oral examination and a presentation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, hands-on practical sessions, small group seminars, clinics and field trips, and will be delivered by lecturers who are highly experienced in their field. Up-to-date, evidence-based practice will be emphasised throughout and students' contribution through discussion is considered key. Assessment is through written examination, presentations, coursework and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), as well as the dissertation and viva voce (oral) examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of the programme will gain a deeper understanding and valuable insights into the key areas of sports injury prevention and management, health and physical activity, and will be able to prescribe exercise safely for a range of medical conditions. This will prepare them for potential work in many areas from elite sports medicine to NHS sports and musculoskeletal clinics, and exercise medicine services.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Physiotherapist and Chiropractor, Barclays
  • Doctor, NHS Health Education East Midlands
  • Rotational and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Senior Therapist, NHS Malta
  • Sports Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Princess Grace Hospital

Employability

A Master's-level degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise & Health from UCL will open many doors in the sports and exercise medicine world, from sports injury clinics to developing exercise medicine programmes for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and working with sports teams. UCL's MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health is led by local experts with active involvement in the NHS and elite sports and exercise medicine settings. A distinct feature of the programme is the wide variety and large number of distinguished external guest speakers, all experts in their own field locally, nationally and internationally. Students have unrivalled access to our guest speakers for career advice and potential opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings. The UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science is part of one of the most prestigious medical schools in Europe, with a team of nearly 400 people, from surgeons and oncologists to clinical trials specialists and researchers. This programme is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH). Our aim is to understand the causes of human disease and develop innovative therapies and technology to improve quality of life.

The MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL places a strong emphasis on improving health through exercise alongside the management of sports and musculoskeletal injury. The programme has significant clinical content and students benefit from attendance at numerous specialist clinics and opportunities for field visits to sports teams and events.

Graduate students on the MSc in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at UCL are from diverse backgrounds reflecting the true multidisciplinary nature of sports and exercise medicine.



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This programme is designed for graduates in any area who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. Completing this programme will qualify you for entry to further training, in areas such as forensic, occupational, clinical and sports psychology. Read more

This programme is designed for graduates in any area who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. Completing this programme will qualify you for entry to further training, in areas such as forensic, occupational, clinical and sports psychology. Whether you’ve studied psychology but didn’t gain accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS), or you’re looking to change career paths, this programme is suitable for you.

Converting your degree to a new subject area can be a considerable challenge. Participants on this course value the close and supportive relationship between staff and students, achieved during face-to-face interaction in the classroom, laboratory practicals and personal tutor meetings. You will also find that the other graduates in your cohort provide an important source of social support as you all undergo this intensive learning experience. Our philosophy on this course is to build on your existing graduate skills and attributes, and to focus on addressing your particular needs.

The course is taught by a team of chartered psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent student experience. They can also provide advice on career routes and academic progression, including specialisation in forensic psychology or occupational psychology.

Modules

  • Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Dissertation

Study style

Assessment is by research reports, essays, presentations, exams and a dissertation.

A step towards becoming chartered

This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. Our syllabus gives you the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career. Continuation routes available at the University of Gloucestershire include BPS-accredited MSc courses in occupational psychology and forensic psychology, as well as postgraduate research.

Student-focused, with excellent teaching and support

Following the core BPS curriculum, your studies will take a distinctive critical perspective, with strong coverage of conceptual issues, promoting strong engagement with your subject matter. You’ll be taught by staff that are experts in their given areas and are committed to providing an excellent learning experience.

Pursue your own interests

Through your dissertation you can focus on a research topic that particularly interests you, enabling you to develop specialist knowledge.

Careers

  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sport psychology
  • Clinical psychology


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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">

Content

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.

Modules

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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Summary. People are increasingly encouraged to undertake sport and exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle. Although this has a number of global health benefits, a related caveat is an increased risk of injury. Read more

Summary

People are increasingly encouraged to undertake sport and exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle. Although this has a number of global health benefits, a related caveat is an increased risk of injury. Currently, sporting injuries commonly present to the health professional; these injuries present a unique challenge in terms of their aetiology, management and potential for recurrence.

Sport and Exercise medicine is now recognised as a specialist area and there are growing numbers of physicians and allied health professionals seeking to work in this diverse and exciting area. The teaching faculty comprises a balance of respected academics and clinical specialists in relevant fields of Sports Medicine, Physical Activity and Sports Biomechanics.

About

This Masters programme has been developed in collaboration with various professional bodies. In particular, consultation with members of: the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine, the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists, the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine has informed our learning outcomes, module content and delivery. We have ensured that these are mapped directly to masters’ competencies as defined by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists.

The course is tailored towards clinical professionals working as medical doctors, or other health professionals including physiotherapists and podiatrists. It will provide the knowledge, critical awareness and transferable skills for physicians and allied health professionals aspiring to engage in the field of Sports Medicine. The primary focus will be to develop practitioners who understand the importance of evidence based and specialist reflective practice, who will enhance the health care of people who are involved in sport and exercise within the UK and Ireland and beyond.

Attendance

Full time or part time options are available. Students can enrol on the programme on a Full time (over 1 year; 3 semesters), or Part time basis (over 3 years; 6 semesters).

From September 2018 this course will be based at the Belfast campus.

Career options

All students enrolling on this course will already possess a relevant professional qualification (eg. medical doctor, physiotherapist, podiatry). It is anticipated that most students on this programme will be employed or will be seeking employment within the National Health Service, Social, voluntary sectors, or in independent practice. The programme therefore has significant clinical and vocational relevance. The specialist knowledge and postgraduate level skills gained will enhance students’ opportunities to progress in their careers.

We have also ensured that the content of the programme meets the postgraduate education requirements and levels of competencies for accreditation, set out by key professional bodies: 1). Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Physios in Sport UK) and 2). International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) statistics provided by the University Careers Service for the last three years show that a significant cohort of students graduating from Ulster with sport and exercise related undergraduate awards go on to full-time employment (statistics are available on request). It is anticipated that this programme will allow the Faculty and the USA to continue its excellent track record of producing multi-skilled graduates who are attractive to a range of employers. This will be achieved in conjunction with the Career Development Centre at the University, with all students encouraged to avail of the relevant employability training and support.

Academic profile

Many members of the teaching staff hold a PGCE, PGCHEP, PGCHET, PGCUT or other teaching qualifications and are members of the Higher Education Academy. Several of the staff are engaged with the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI; CB, GD, CMcC, MM). Teaching staff have considerable research and practical experience that informs their teaching. In addition, many staff are qualified members of health-related professional bodies such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The teaching faculty includes a range of academics and professionals across the following specialist areas: orthopaedic surgery, sports podiatry, sports physiotherapy, consultant sports physicians, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, biochemistry and sports medicine research.



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Are you intrigued by the study of people, interested in how the human mind works and hope to follow a career path related to these topics? This is an ideal conversion degree for graduates from any discipline who wish to develop their critical thinking, practical and research skills within the field of Psychology. Read more
Are you intrigued by the study of people, interested in how the human mind works and hope to follow a career path related to these topics? This is an ideal conversion degree for graduates from any discipline who wish to develop their critical thinking, practical and research skills within the field of Psychology.

Delivered by dedicated academic staff with strong teaching and research profiles across the core areas of psychology, you will gain an advanced understanding of cognitive and developmental psychology, biological and social psychology, individual differences and research methods.

You will graduate from our MSc with the opportunity to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

The timetable for the fulltime programme is 2 full days (9am- 5pm) per week on a Monday and Tuesday and for the part time programme is 1 full day per week (Tuesday for year 1/ Monday for year 2.) For more information on part time study please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/psychology-dtppcy6/

When deciding on which programme to apply for, we would ask applicants to consider carefully the time commitments for the course taking into account work and any other personal commitments. For full time students we would expect a commitment of approximately 35 hours per week and for part time around 17.5 hours per week. (For both programmes these hours include hours of study on campus.)

Learn From The Best

Our staff are active researchers; passionate about their subject and dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge through innovative and exciting research projects. You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased, with Northumbria ranked top 20 in the UK for research which has outstanding reach and significant impact on individuals and communities (REF 2014).

You will learn from dedicated academics with international backgrounds in research and experience in both higher education and industry. Current staff research projects include working memory, neurocognitive performance and function, psychobiological pathways and the psychobiology of stress and the nutritional influences on performance and mood.

Teaching And Assessment

You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of psychology, exploring social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, as well as individual differences, philosophies and research methods through discussion-based sessions, interactive lectures, tutorials and online discussions. Research workshops will allow you to enhance qualitative and quantitative methods competence, data collection and analysis. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, demonstrating applied understanding and knowledge at the forefront of the discipline and learn to defend your work effectively to a wide range of audiences.

Assessment is varied, either seen-exam based or through written assignments such as laboratory reports, research article critiques, data analysis assignments, presentation or conventional essay format and through the production of a major research thesis.

Module Overview
PY0760 - Psychological Research Experience (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0761 - Psychological Data Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0762 - Biological and Social Psychology (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0763 - Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0764 - Individual Differences (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0765 - Research Philosophies and Planning (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0776 - MSc Thesis (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

You will learn in a professional research environment with access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with industry standard equipment. You will be able to collect and analyse your data using the most current software tools and will benefit from technology enabled learning with use of the eLearning Portal where electronic reading lists, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools support your learning.

You will be immersed in an active research environment with access to Northumbria’s innovative research centres including The Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. You will have access to a designated working space for Master’s students and you will benefit from working with staff who are at the cutting-edge of their fields in innovative research areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research is embedded into the structure of this degree, and from the very beginning you will experience a mix of research-led, research-tutored and research-based teaching. You will learn how knowledge in psychology is developed through research and how to design and carry out research studies using a range of methodologies. Developing your own advanced research skills and critical understanding, you will have the opportunity to work alongside active researchers at the forefront of research in the psychology fields. You will be encouraged to ask and explore innovative research questions, reflecting upon the research process and knowledge creation, culminating in the production of a research thesis.

Give Your Career An Edge

You will graduate from our MSc Psychology degree with the opportunity to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress onto the Stage 1 phase in Forensic Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Health Psychology, and Sports and Exercise Psychology. In addition it enables you to pursue a pathway in Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology and academic research and teaching.

Your Future

The MSc Psychology has been designed with your end employability in mind. You will graduate equipped with the advanced research knowledge needed to progress onto Stage 1 Psychology Practitioner programmes, and where appropriate, continue onto to PhD level study, undertake further research or teaching. These are transferable skills desired by employers in fields not just related to psychology research. Previous graduates have secured specialist roles in management, advertising, marketing and human resources, with many moving into the public sector for careers in the police and prison services, health and social services or education.

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The University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) course is a 60-credit introductory course for graduates with insufficient, inappropriate or no prior study of psychology at degree level. Read more
The University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) course is a 60-credit introductory course for graduates with insufficient, inappropriate or no prior study of psychology at degree level. Satisfactory completion of the course allows entry onto the MSc in Applied Psychology course which confers graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

More about this course

The University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (by Distance Learning) course is a 60-credit introductory course for graduates with insufficient, inappropriate or no prior study of psychology at degree level.

Satisfactory completion of the course allows entry onto the MSc in Applied Psychology or PGDip in Applied Psychology course which, subject to accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS), confers graduate membership and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

GBC is a pre-requisite for entry onto postgraduate training in applied areas of professional psychology such as counselling, clinical, educational, forensic, health, occupational and sports psychology.

All assessment takes place online. The assessment for Introduction to Psychological Research Methods consists of two practical reports relating to research studies in which the students participate. For all other modules, the assessment consists of a mid-term short-answer exam and end-of-term multiple-choice test.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (core, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Developmental Psychology (core, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Individual Differences (core, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Psychological Research Methods (core, 10 credits)
-Introduction to Social Psychology (core, 10 credits)
-Introduction to the Biological Bases of Behaviour (core, 10 credits)

After the course

This course is ideal for students who are not able to attend the university due to work or other commitments, but wish to gain sufficient grounding in psychology before progressing to an accredited conversion course to gain the GBC qualification.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society, highly flexible, and geared to excellent peer learning with practical experience and placement opportunities, this Master’s provides a strong theoretical background to sports psychology in practice. Read more

Key fact

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, highly flexible, and geared to excellent peer learning with practical experience and placement opportunities, this Master’s provides a strong theoretical background to sports psychology in practice.

Introduction

Sport and Exercise Psychology is a relatively new field of applied psychology that's growing rapidly thanks to an increasing global focus on elite performance and physical activity in general particularly in light of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Today, the psychologist's contribution to our understanding and enhancement of sport and exercise is ever more varied and important.

Supporting athletes and wider society

National governing bodies now recognise sports science as an important part of training and competition for high-performance sports. These days many teams, sports organisations and local health authorities employ sports and exercise psychologists to help train athletes and promote physical activity to the wider population. Meanwhile, many primary care trusts are now appointing exercise specialists with psychology expertise to work in areas such as chronic conditions and health promotion.

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology gives you a critical understanding of contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology, and applies this directly to practice and future roles in sport and exercise psychology. The course team brings extensive experience of counselling, motivational interviewing and other applied skills, along with the psychological tools you'll use when working with athletes, teams and other groups. Working with teams and individual athletes features heavily in the course.

Therapeutic processes form a central theme in this course, and as a result you'll develop a solid foundation in the therapeutic skills required to work effectively with individuals in sport or exercise contexts.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

You'll develop your skills and knowledge through block teaching days, and we provide an excellent virtual learning environment to support you throughout. This innovative teaching and learning approach suits full-time and part-time study and means you can study in the most flexible and convenient way, around your professional and personal commitments.

Study facilities

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Careers/Further Study

Our links to practice are excellent, and all course tutors work professionally with sports teams and individual athletes. So, as well as excellent context to your learning, you will enjoy useful links to potential employers through placement opportunities with, for example, Bristol Rovers FC, Bristol Rowing, and Bristol Rugby.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

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Are you interested in pursuing a career in research, or looking to progress into specialist areas of professional psychology? Our programme will enable you to develop the skills and technical knowledge required to advance in these areas. Read more

Are you interested in pursuing a career in research, or looking to progress into specialist areas of professional psychology? Our programme will enable you to develop the skills and technical knowledge required to advance in these areas.

Our MSc Psychology Research Methods programme provides you with hands-on experience, fantastic teaching, and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised PhD-level research teaching. Throughout the year, you will benefit from research led teaching delivered by world-leading academics.

You will complete compulsory modules to develop your skills and expertise. You will extend and enhance your ability to analyse and interpret psychology data. And you will gain a high-level of advanced psychological research skills. A solid foundation in these skills will be invaluable as you progress into research or into specialist psychology roles, such as clinical or forensic psychology.

You will choose two optional modules to study. This will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your interests and will ensure you have a detailed understanding of the discipline in specific areas of psychology.

Within the degree programme, you will be taught vocational skills that you will need to obtain and sustain a career in psychology and other fields, such as CV writing, interview skills, team work and presentation skills.

At the core of your experience, you will undertake an independent research project, supervised by a member of our research-active staff. This dissertation will allow you to apply all that you have learnt to a dissertation topic of your choice. As well as developing your conceptual understanding, research design, data-analysis, and communication skills, this project will be an exciting learning experience that will give you the opportunity to prove your skills, interests, and enthusiasm. What you achieve in your project will be important evidence of your skills and knowledge for prospective employers or postgraduate research student selection committees.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment

We teach using a mix of lectures, seminars and practical lab sessions, encouraging increasingly independent study as your degree progresses. You will carry out regular web assessments to make sure your learning is on track, as well as practical work, essays, written examinations, practical lab reports, and presentations.

As a university, we commit to providing you with timely feedback on all aspects of your work.

Our community

Our students are key members of a thriving academic community. We offer an excellent staff-to-student ratio and an open door policy to enable you to really get to know your lecturers. We believe this fosters a productive learning environment, helping you to achieve your potential.

In your time at Lancaster, your programme director will serve as your academic tutor. They will be here to make sure that you reach your personal goals. You will also be able to call on help, with any aspect of your studies, from the Director of Studies, from teaching coordinators, and from student learning advisors. We strive to inspire and encourage our future psychologists.

Careers

Our Masters in Psychological Research Methods will equip you with transferable skills valued by all employers: in communication; critical thinking; numeracy; and self-management. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns and the science of the mind makes psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.

Helping you to prepare for your future career is important to us. We will help you decide on your career path and give you the chance to develop the right skills. There are three Academic Employability Champions within the Psychology Department whose role is to ensure that our students become highly sought after, employable, graduates. This includes providing students with information about pathways to various careers inside and outside of psychology, and advice about further study. We offer one-to-one careers sessions, regular drop-in Psychology Careers cafés, and careers fairs.

Some psychology graduates go on to become chartered psychologists, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology. You will be equipped, also, to engage in opportunities in new and emerging areas such as environmental psychology, consumer psychology, and business intelligence. The workplace is a fiercely competitive field. In graduating with a Masters from Lancaster, you will be given a wider range of opportunities, and gain an edge when applying for new roles. This advanced qualification will also support your career progression as you move into more senior positions.



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Providing you with an advanced understanding of the specialist discipline, this programme ensures you are ideally placed to excel in your career. Read more

Providing you with an advanced understanding of the specialist discipline, this programme ensures you are ideally placed to excel in your career. Whether you pursue research, practice professional psychology or something else, you will be in a strong position to advance into senior roles.

Lancaster is home to one of the world’s largest centres for developmental psychology research. Specialising in infancy and childhood development, our department is one of the UK’s leading research groups in the discipline. This programme will provide you will advanced insight into psychology and offer you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that will be hugely beneficial in any career. You will benefit from the world-leading research being conducted by our staff, and our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised PhD-level research training.

Throughout the course, you will study five taught modules and one substantial research project. This will ensure you receive the breadth of skills and depth of knowledge to engage with a wide range of careers, or to progress into further research and study.

You will complete two compulsory modules to develop your skills and expertise. You will extend and enhance your ability to collect, analyse and interpret psychological data. A solid foundation in these skills will be invaluable as you progress into research or into specialist psychology roles, such as clinical or forensic psychology.

In three subject specialist modules, you will focus on enhancing your discipline specific knowledge, providing you with a deeper understanding of developmental psychology, and of the disorders of development. As a result, you will graduate with a state-of-the-art understanding of developmental psychology.

Within the degree programme, you will be taught vocational skills that you will need to obtain and sustain a career in psychology and other fields, such as CV writing, interview skills, team work and presentation skills.

At the core of your experience, you will undertake an independent research project, supervised by a member of our research-active staff. This dissertation will allow you to apply all that you have learnt to a dissertation topic of your choice. As well as developing your conceptual understanding, research design, data-analysis, and communication skills, this project will be an exciting learning experience that will give you the opportunity to prove your skills, interests, and enthusiasm. What you achieve in your project will be important evidence of your skills and knowledge for prospective employers or postgraduate research student selection committees.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Assessment

We teach using a mix of lectures, seminars and practical lab sessions, encouraging increasingly independent study as your degree progresses. You will carry out regular web assessments to make sure your learning is on track, as well as practical work, essays, written examinations, practical lab reports, and presentations.

As a university, we commit to providing you with timely feedback on all aspects of your work.

Our community

Our students are key members of a thriving academic community. We offer an excellent staff-to-student ratio and an open-door policy to enable you to really get to know your lecturers. We believe this fosters a productive learning environment, helping you to achieve your potential.

In your time at Lancaster, your programme director will serve as your academic tutor. They will be here to make sure that you reach your personal goals. You will also be able to call on help, with any aspect of your studies, from the Director of Studies, from teaching coordinators, and from student learning advisors. We strive to inspire and encourage our future psychologists.

Careers

Our Developmental Disorders Masters will equip you with transferable skills valued by all employers: in communication; critical thinking; numeracy; and self-management. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns and the science of the mind makes psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.

Helping you to prepare for your future career is important to us. We will help you decide on your career path and give you the chance to develop the right skills. There are three Academic Employability Champions within the Psychology Department whose role is to ensure that our students become highly sought after, employable, graduates. This includes providing students with information about pathways to various careers inside and outside of psychology, and advice about further study. We offer one-to-one careers sessions, regular drop-in Psychology Careers cafés, and careers fairs.

Some psychology graduates go on to become chartered psychologists, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology. You will be equipped, also, to engage in opportunities in new and emerging areas such as environmental psychology, consumer psychology, and business intelligence. The workplace is a fiercely competitive field. In graduating with a Masters from Lancaster, you will be given a wider range of opportunities, and gain an edge when applying for new roles. This advanced qualification will also support your career progression as you move into more senior positions.



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This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the. Read more

This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the British Psychological Society and wish to develop a career as a psychologist.

The course gives you

  • a thorough knowledge and scientific understanding of the British Psychological Society core areas of psychology
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered membership
  • the skills and knowledge needed for a career in psychology
  • the skills needed to complete pyschology research
  • improved independence and employability through enhanced evaluative and reflective skills
  • learning opportunities addressing issues at the forefront of psychology
  • a supportive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging learning experience

With an emphasis on research experience, this course is ideal if you are considering further training in areas such as educational or clinical psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Course structure

Full-time – one day per week for one year

Part-time – typically one day per week for two years

Modules

The modules you study reflect the core components of psychology as stipulated by the Britsh Psychology Society.

  • Cognitive psychobiology
  • Research issues in applied developmental psychology
  • Social psychology and individual differences
  • Statistics
  • Research dissertation and continuing professional development

Option modules

One from

  • clinical neuropsychopharmacology
  • theory and practice in counselling and psychotherapy
  • healthy and clinical ageing

Assessment

  • research experiments
  • practical reports
  • presentations
  • coursework essays
  • examinations
  • information packs
  • research proforma
  • individual research project

Employability

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to

  • begin a research career in psychology, such as research worker posts or doctoral research.
  • progress on to further professional training routes including clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling or even sports and exercise psychology.
  • gain lecturing or teaching posts in psychology.

The major career routes you can choose as a qualified psychologist are in • clinical psychology • educational psychology • occupational psychology • health psychology • forensic psychology • counselling psychology • research.

Further work experience in a relevant setting is usually required before you can begin a postgraduate training course in one of these areas.

Our careers central website contains useful careers information for students studying psychology.



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The curriculum is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. Read more

Sports & Exercise Medicine Courses

The curriculum is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. It therefore meets the highest standards for SEM education and would enhance national and international employability. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Sports & Exercise Medicine courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Sports Medicine including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Sports & Exercise Medicine can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine

The course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students have:
- a systematic understanding of the basics of Sports medicine, exercise physiology including the behavioural and life science basis.
- a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with certain sports related injuries and the tailored benefits of exercise.
- an advanced knowledge of Sports and Exercise Medicine including physiology and anatomy of exercise.
- an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts. The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to:

Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors and Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma course is based on the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Training curriculum. It therefore meets the highest standards for SEM education and would enhance national and international employability. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Module 2 - Exercise and Sport in Relation to Chronic Disease and Populations
Module 3 - Common Sports Injuries and Investigation
Module 4 - Management and Rehabilitation Planning of Sports and Exercise Related Injuries
Module 5 - Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Return to Exercise
Module 6 - The Multidisciplinary Team in Exercise and Sport
Assessment

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%

MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine

The Sports and Exercise MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine course offered by the University.

The Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

On completion of the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course, you will be able to demonstrate:

An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of Sports and Exercise Medicine informed by current scholarship and research.
Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine
Module 2 - Professional Project
Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Sport and Exercise Medicine

MSc teaching methods for this module of our Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

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The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour. Read more
The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour.

As well as modules that will develop knowledge of the aetiology and treatment of a range of psychological disorders and abnormal behaviours, this programme includes a substantial research element.

You will receive extensive training in research methods via a postgraduate statistics module and will complete a postgraduate dissertation in a related topic. Links with a number of agencies and the University of South Wales’ Psychology Clinic means that suitable students should have the opportunity for access to client groups in order to complete an applied dissertation.

We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, the University of South Wales has recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology draws on the research and applied expertise of psychologists in the fields of developmental, clinical, health, sports and forensic psychology. You will learn about a wide range of developmental disorders including autism and conduct disorder, as well as dependence issues such as alcohol addiction and eating disorders. You will also explore interventions such as pharmacological and behavioural treatments, as well as research on depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/836-msc-clinical-and-abnormal-psychology

What you will study

You will study 180 credits comprising of the following modules:
- Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues (40 credits)
- Psychopathology Through the Lifespan (20 credits)
- Interventions (20 credits)
- Addiction, Dependence and Deviance (20 credits)
- Current and Historical Perspectives on Psychopathology (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Learning and teaching methods

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology is delivered through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some of these sessions will be led by members of the teaching team and some by external experts in clinical psychology practice. There will also be student-led sessions and some elements will be delivered online.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

While completion of this programme will not qualify you to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK, nor guarantee acceptance onto a DClinPsy course; the skills that you will develop should enhance your applications for professional training programmes, Assistant Psychologist posts, or Research Assistant posts in clinical settings.

Career options:
Graduates of this masters programme will possess a diversity of skills that will enhance their applications for a range of popular training, employment, and research opportunities. These may include:

Clinical psychology doctorate programmes: These are extremely popular and competitive training courses and successful applicants are likely to have work experience in an appropriate setting as well as suitable qualifications. Applied research experience including the collection of psychological data in a clinical setting should be a useful addition to an application for further training. The extensive research training and applied dissertation completed in this MSc programme should contribute to more robust applications to Clinical doctorate programmes.

Assistant Psychologist posts: These are sought after positions with many applicants for every post; not least because experience as an Assistant Psychologist can help support an application to clinical doctorate training programmes. Successful completion of this MSc programme will suggest a commitment to a career in clinical psychology as well as the development of skills and knowledge that are more advanced than those gained during an undergraduate degree. This may help to help enhance applications for Assistant Psychologist posts.

Research Assistant posts: Excellent psychological research is extremely important in the field of clinical psychology. The extensive research focus and the dissertation completed in this programme will provide graduates with a range of research skills including the ability to critically evaluate literature, research, and applications in the field of clinical psychology, as well as experience in designing, conducting, writing up and disseminating good quality psychological research. These are transferable skills that should be valued in a range of Research Assistant posts.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including examinations, essays, a systematic literature review, research reports, and case study analysis. You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000- 20,000 words. The range of teaching and assessment methods used will foster a range of skills that are transferable to the workplace and/or further professional training.

Facilities

As a student in the School of Psychology, you’ll have access to the latest learning technologies, facilities and equipment, including excellent designated facilities.

These include observation and interview rooms equipped with two-way mirror, CCTV and audio and allow research and interview practice sessions to be conducted and recorded onto DVD. We also have a custom-built air-conditioned PC laboratory which provides access to specialist software for running psychology experiments and conducting careers guidance interviews. More specialist equipment is also available in our cognitive suite and more details about this are given below.

- Cognitive suite
The cognitive psychology suite houses specialist psychology equipment. This includes eye tracking equipment which is capable of studying the eye movements of individuals whilst they complete cognitive tasks. The suite includes EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) facilities for recording electrical activity in the heart and scalp. There is also a driving simulator which is currently being used by postgraduate students to complete a study which examines the effects of stressors on driving performance.

- Psychology clinic facility (PAWB Wales)
As well as our excellent dedicated teaching facilities, the School of Psychology offers a wide range of psychological services to the general public. These are offered through our new PAWB Wales clinic facility and include play therapy, behaviour analysis, health and sport psychology interventions. The clinic activities support our wide range of postgraduate opportunities and undergraduate students can also get involved in some of the clinic’s work.

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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.

Facilities:

  • 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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