The MSc in Sport Psychology and Applied Sport Psychology provide students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of sport psychology within a supportive student centred environment. The programmes are designed to be flexible, meet students' needs and develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance their employability. The programmes are delivered by a team of dedicated sport psychology staff, many of whom are at the forefront of international research and professional practice developments in their respective fields. The application of theory to professional practice is a key strength of the programmes.
Due to the popularity of this programme you should submit your application at the earliest opportunity, and at the very latest by 31st July. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the programme has not reached full capacity.
Please note: Due to a periodic programme review in March 2016, programme and module content may change. Please refer to our website at that point for the most up-to-date information.
See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Applied-Sport-Psychology.aspx
Core Modules: (Relevant to both MSc Applied Sport Psychology and MSc Sport Psychology programmes)
- Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative Pathway)
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
- Research Design in Sport Psychology
- Professional Development and Practice in Sport Psychology
- Counselling Skills for Sport Psychologists
- Dissertation Project
Core Modules (Relevant to MSc Sport Psychology only):
- Lifespan Development: Considerations for Sport Psychology
Option Modules (Relevant to MSc Applied Sport Psychology only).
Pick one option from:
- Understanding the Coaching Environment
- Working with Elite Performers
- Lifespan Development: considerations for sport psychology.
Learning & Teaching
All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (dissertation) module are 20 credit modules. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lecture, seminars, practical laboratories/ workshops, professional visits and individual and group tutorials.
Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type, seminar and practical based sessions. Group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is usually the Programme Director of your course.
With the exception of the independent research project (dissertation), all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, needs analyses and the design of interventions, research reports, case studies, presentations, role play, and video analysis and critique.
In addition, all students are required to submit an independent research project (dissertation), which can be presented in either a traditional 12,000 word or publishable paper (8,500 word) format.
Employability & Careers
The MSc in Sport Psychology (BPS accredited) and MSc in Applied Sport Psychology are ideally suited to those aspiring to become practicing sport psychologists, as well as teachers, lecturers and coaches. Successful completion of the MSc Sport Psychology forms Stage 1 training towards BPS Chartered Status and will enable students to progress onto Stage 2 training.
The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology provides a platform from which students can pursue Supervised Experience through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Both programmes provide an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD study.
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For Sport Psychology, applicants must have a BPS accredited degree in psychology (2.1 or above). For Applied Sport Psychology applicants must have an undergraduate degree in sport psychology or sports science with a significant sport psychology element. Applicants who do not hold an initial degree must have substantial experience in sport and mainstream psychology for either qualification.