The MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology is aimed at students who have completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited undergraduate degree in psychology and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or practitioners. Aims
To provide students with a coherent programme of study, consistent with the BPS accreditation criteria, which prepares students for Stage 2 of training to become a sport and exercise psychologist. To extend students’ knowledge and understanding in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology. To provide students with a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought. To provide students with grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares them for higher research-related degrees (e.g., PhD).
The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College – the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition.
The modules and content of our MSc Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) course were re-designed to align with the criteria set out by the BPS’ Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. The course capitalises on the extensive research and consultancy expertise within the sport and exercise psychology teaching team. We currently have three staff members who are BPS-Chartered Psychologists registered as consultants with the Health Professions Council and have excellent consultancy links within football and tennis. Many of our graduates have secured work-experience placements after completing their course and we are looking to further develop these opportunities. For example, recent graduates from our sport psychology courses have worked with: Fulham FC, Southampton FC, Wickham Wonderers FC, Sutton Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Board, IMG Bolletieri Tennis Academy.
I chose Brunel University because of the amazing career opportunities that past graduates from my chosen programme of study have been privy to. These opportunities have not only demonstrated the high quality relationships between Brunel staff members and notable sporting organisations (e.g. The English FA, Sutton Tennis Academy), but also indicate the calibre of student that is produced by Brunel in this discipline. Additionally, the excellent sporting facilities at Brunel strongly appealed to me, as I am an avid athlete with an interest in many sports.
The things that I like most about studying at Brunel are the professional and supportive nature of members of staff, the wide range of academic support services offered to students, and its ideal location - right on the outskirts of the international hub that is London, a dream set-up for any international student!
The accommodation here at Brunel is first-rate. The rooms are sufficiently equipped for student life, outfitted with a study desk, bookshelves, your own private shower (for en suite rooms) and even a poster board to fit important reminders or a timetable. The kitchen area is also well taken care of by the Residence staff on a daily basis.
I would advise any new student at Brunel to learn not only module content, but to learn from module leaders' experience, as Brunel has lecturers that are world leaders in their respective fields. Additionally, I would encourage any new student to try something new, as there are various avenues through which students can, for example, try a new sport or exercise class without any hassle or commitment, for example Active Brunel. At Brunel, I am a member of the on campus gym - More Energy Fitness. I am also a member of the Brunel Tennis Club.
I would like to pursue a career as a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. My MSc degree represents stage 1 in the British Psychological Society's required training to attain my aforementioned career occupation; thus my degree here at Brunel will lay the foundation necessary for me to be a practitioner of the highest quality.
The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) is no longer required before taking this course; however, students wishing to enrol on Stage 2 practitioner training must have GBC either by virtue of their undergraduate degree or successfully completing a BPS-accredited conversion course.