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Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

About this course

How do athletes overcome setbacks? What is the best way for coaches to develop a great team dynamic? How do referees and officials deal with criticism? What factors influence people to take part in exercise?

Sport and exercise psychologists seek to understand the ways in which thoughts and emotions can affect performance and exercise participation. They use this knowledge to provide psychological skills support, increase motivation and develop self-belief at all levels, whether that’s encouraging the public to adopt a more active lifestyle or improving the performance of elite competitors.

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Masters degree will develop the advanced psychological knowledge to understand critical issues in sport and physical activity, from recreational to elite level.

"The MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the first stage of practitioner training needed to become recognised as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist."

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Who would this Course suit?

This MSc level course is targeted at individuals who are interested in becoming sport and exercise psychologists through the formal BPS accredited routes (Stage 1 and Stage 2 training).

This course is also suitable for sports performers, coaches, sports scientists, and exercise and health promotion practitioners who want to increase their subject specific knowledge and competencies with a view to understanding their athletes’ or clients’ behaviours.

The course will be ideal if you are looking to understand and explain behaviours related to sports performance and exercise participation. However, if you wish eventually to become a Sport and Exercise Psychology practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you will need to complete BPS Stage 2 training after this course. Stage 2 training requires a psychology degree accredited by the BPS conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). If your first degree does not have GBC, you might consider a conversion course such as our MSc Psychology.

Visit the Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All students should normally possess the Graduate Basis for Registration by the British Psychological Society.

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