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Sport and Exercise Psychology PG Dip / MSc

Course Description

This course is designed for students wishing to specialise within the discipline of sport and exercise psychology, in order to gain professional training in the provision of psychological support to clients, acquire vocationally related psychological skills, develop a critical thinking approach to the existing knowledge base and conduct research, all within a science practice model.

Key benefits

- Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this makes up Stage One of the training in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course detail

- Description -

This MSc was developed in the context of the increasing professionalisation of sport and exercise psychology, the accreditation criteria for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the need for a university level course on the island of Ireland.

- Purpose -

The MSc will provide graduates with competencies in applying interventions professionally and ethically. As such, the programme will provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills that are central to the knowledge base of sport and exercise psychology.

- Format and assessment -

The programme is organized around 3 main themes:

(1) theory-practice
(2) Individual content
(3) stability-change

which permeate throughout each of the taught modules. These themes are embedded to serve as a heuristic tool to enable students to apply and underpin critical thinking in the field. This thematic approach also supports and reflects the critical philosophy that underpins the programme as a whole and is central to teaching, learning and assessment.

Career options

Graduates should expect to possess professional skills in consulting, advanced research skills, relevant personal skills and a deep understanding of the high performance environment.

Graduate destinations:

- Teaching/research in sport sciences and consulting;
- Teaching/research in psychology and also consulting;
- Clinical/Counseling services to various populations including athletes;
- Health promotion and working with clients but not necessarily athletes;
- Further PhD research study.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Sport and Exercise Psychology PG Dip / MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Harriso

"I have found the course to be rewarding, informative, challenging and above all beneficial to my current role as teacher, coach and aspiring sport psychologist. I particularly enjoyed the Applied module, and I found our class group interacted well and shared some honest discussions. The Motor Cognition module was useful for my coaching, and made me re-examine aspects of my own ideas on coaching/practise design and how people learn. The lecturers have always had an open door policy, and were available through skype, e-mail or one-to one meetings. The workload was certainly challenging, but this is expected at Masters level. Overall, I would recommend this course and I feel I have developed cognitively as an individual, with a much better depth of knowledge in theories and the hands on elements of sports psychology."


Entry Requirements

Applicants for British Psychological Society Accredited (BPS) MSc inSport and Exercise Psychology must (i) have gained a 2nd class hons degree or better inpsychology or sports science a related discipline from a university of the UK or the Republicof Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards,the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or (ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in aGrad Diploma, Grad Certificate, Postgrad Certificate or Postgrad Dip or approved alternative qualification or (iii) demonstrate their ability to undertake course through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). English language entry requirements: View Website

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