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MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course Description

Please note, this course is only open for applications for September 2016 and will close for September 2017.

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 students with a thorough theoretical, conceptual and research informed grounding in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology. Students will develop a strong scientific understanding of human behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. You will enhance your understanding of relationships between the theoretical concepts and current techniques used in sport and exercise psychology assessment and support, whilst also becoming familiar with the different types of approaches, assessment strategies, and psychological skills used by Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologists. There is an emphasis on students critically analysing and evaluating these complex concepts, theoretical approaches, and specialised assessment and support techniques throughout the programme.

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, drawing upon our staff’s wide expertise.

Please note that we also offer a BPS accredited Psychology of Sport and Exercise programme which grants access to Stage 2 training with the BPS.

Visit the website: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/postgraduate-courses/sport-psychology/index.html

Course detail

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 e.g., ‘Applications of Psychological Support, will allow you to link theory to practice, and students will have the opportunity to develop consultancy skills under the guidance and 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 the modules:
• Research Methods
• Psychology of Sport and Performance
• Approaches to Psychological Sport
• Application of Psychological Support
• Professional Practice in Sport Psychology

Career options

Completion of the course can be the next step towards a career in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Enrolment onto an accredited Psychology Conversion Course will provide complementary psychology knowledge and will make you eligible for GBC with the BPS. This is a requirement for Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology for those wanting to become qualified applied practitioners. Graduates can also continue onto further postgraduate study or a PhD.

Why study at Roehampton?

• You'll receive current, practical and professional level experience in sport & exercise psychology assessment and support techniques.
• 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.
• Ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate-entry-requirements/


For information on funding, please visit the following website: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Finance/Student-Funding/

Visit the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology page on the University of Roehampton website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Francesca Cavallerio

“I totally loved my MSc experience! I already have a masters degree in Psychology and I have always been involved in sport, first as an athlete and then as a coach. I decided to try and put together my two big passions and so I started looking around for a masters in Sport Psychology. As it is still quite a new field in Italy, I decided it was time to have an experience abroad, and even though leaving home meant a lot of sacrifices, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about my choice. The thing I loved the most was the chance to finally experience in a practical way all the things I had studied for such a long time on a theoretical level. Finally, I realized that “Yes! This is the job I want to do!” and that was because I was actually doing it, and not just studying and talking about it. When I left home (Italy) I wasn’t sure about how things were going to be, being in a different country, with different ways of studying, different types of assessment and a different language. But after the first day at Roehampton University, I started spending my week waiting for the next lessons and enjoying every minute of them, thanks to the passionate and qualified staff and to the friendship that developed with my classmates. My masters degree experience turned out to be even more awesome than I could have imagined!

-Francesca Cavallerio (MSc Sport Psychology Student)


Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 or higher Bachelor degree in Sport Science or a related science-based degree. Candidates offering appropriate experiential knowledge and skills may also be considered.

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