The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wish to enhance their understanding and develop their skills in the area.
Over the previous 20 years there has been a gradual acceptance and involvement in psychology within sport at all levels. The application of psychology with sports performers and coaches has been rapid and continues to develop.
Recognising this, the professional bodies of both sport science and psychology (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the British Psychology Society) have developed professional routes to recognition within the field.
The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has five specialised laboratories, in addition to a £8 million sports centre.
Why St Mary's?
This Applied Sport Psychology degree has been designed to enable students to attain professional recognition beyond the programme and to help those wishing to develop a career in sport psychology or aiming to enhance their understanding of the field.
The programme has a discipline-focussed curriculum, looking closely at developing knowledge and applied skills that are critical to practitioners.
Motor skills are an integral element of the programme, allowing students to enhance their ability to work closely with both performers and coaches.
The focus on sport and elite sporting performance at St Mary’s makes the University an ideal environment for students.
I decided to study this course as I wasn't happy with the direction my career was taking, and wanted to pursue my passion rather than getting trapped in a life of HR!
This course has expanded not only my theoretical knowledge and understanding, but also given me the opportunity to try it out in practice and receive invaluable feedback from experts.
All the tutors involved in the course were on hand whenever I had a question. They always seemed more than happy to talk things through, no matter how busy they were, and were very supportive and accommodating if ever I needed some extra help.
One of the best things for me has been the level of care and attention that the staff offer. I am still in regular contact with my thesis supervisor, who has been an incredible source of support and guidance even after I left the university.
St Mary's also have fantastic contacts within various sports organisations, which allowed me to get a rare placement within a Premiership rugby club.
We usually require a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree in Sport Science, Sport and Exercise Psychology or related discipline. In exceptional circumstances we may accept a student without such a qualification if s/he demonstrates an aptitude for this kind of study. Interviews will be conducted for all appropriate applicants.
Recipient: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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