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Psychology of Sport & Exercise (MSc)

Course Description

Accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and endorsed by the Health & Care Professions Council, this course focuses on the study of psychology within a range of sport and exercise settings, providing an essential stepping-stone to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist.

You will learn about complex issues such as the initial assessment of prospective clients, maintaining professional boundaries and analysing data sets, as well as developing a systematic, evidence informed and ethical approach to your work.To support your career goals, we will offer the opportunity to gain work experience with clients across a range of sporting pursuits, from recreational to elite performance. Gaining hands-on professional development will enhance your communication skills and will provide direct experience of ethical and evidence-informed practice.

Sport and active lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/psychologyofsport_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


A growth in the number and variety of career opportunities for sport and exercise psychologists has increased the need for qualified and accredited individuals. Following successful completion of this course, you can go on to complete the BPS Stage two Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which allows you to legally use the titles of Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Registered Psychologist or Practitioner Psychologist.

- Practitioner Sport and Exercise Psychologist
- Physical Activity Behaviour Specialist
- Lecturer/Researcher in Higher Education
- Academic Journalist/Publisher

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the website - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course makes you eligible for stage 2 of the qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology and after completing BPS Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications you will be able to use the titles of Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Registered Psychologist or Practitioner Psychologist. Members of our highly experienced team are qualified to provide BPS Stage 2 supervision.

The University is recognised as a leader in the field of Sport and Exercise Science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in Sport-Related Studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2008 in which we were ranked 6th nationally in terms of quality and 3rd when accounting for both quality and quantity of staff submitted. Much of our outstanding Sport & Exercise Science research pervades our taught MSc modules providing the opportunity for those working or intending to work in the field of sport & exercise psychology to upgrade their academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.


Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (20 credits)
Examine the broad range of cutting-edge issues and trends that appear within contemporary sport psychology literature, as you gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the sporting environment.

Psychology of Exercise & Health (20 credits)
Study the effects of exercise on behaviour and mental health. You will consider both the positive and negative results of exercise, exploring the its beneficial impact on well-being and cognitive function, as well as the negative implications of exercise dependence.

Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
Learn the core skills you will need to be a successful sports psychologist. You will have the opportunity to apply the techniques you've studied and explore traditional and modern approaches to psychology consultancy.

Learning & Development in Sport & Exercise (20 credits)
Analyse the research that reveals how sport and exercise psychology has been investigated at different stages of the lifespan. Topics may include expertise, learning, cognitive development and decline.

Practicum (20 credits)
Engage in a range of applied activities to prepare you for your future career as a sport or exercise psychologist.

Research Methods (20 credits)
Focus on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Major Independent Study (40 credits)
Complete a research project of your own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Psychology of Sport & Exercise (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups.

Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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