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Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at Winchester seeks to develop evidence-based practitioners who are active problem-solvers and can provide the best psychological solutions to the challenges they encounter.

Programme Content

The course has been developed for individuals who possess Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The programme is accredited by the BPS, and therefore provides the first stage in a training process towards becoming a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology provides students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical understanding of sport and exercise psychology within a supportive student-centred environment.

This programme draws on the strengths of a research-active sport and exercise psychology team to provide students with an academic programme that supports students' career aspirations of working as a sport and exercise psychologist.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-sport-and-exercise-psychology.aspx


- Psychology in Practice
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Research Methods
- Sport and Performance Psychology
- Physical Activity and Exercise Psychology
- Research in Practice
- Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including seminar and workshop sessions interspersed with more formal lecture-style presentations from teaching staff and guest lecturers. Fostering critical self-reflection, and the ability to share these reflections with others, is central to learning on the programme. It encourages active participation, autonomous learning and passion for the subject and the process of learning. Students draw on their own experiences in a variety of ways throughout the programme.


A wide variety of assessment types are used. These include written assignments (including essays and case studies); presentations (including oral and poster presentations); portfolios (a flexible combination of assessment types which usually include providing evidence of acquired skills/competencies and critical reflection on personal development); projects; and research proposals. Students also complete a substantial independent research project.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology is the first step (Stage 1) in gaining Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Registered Practitioner status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology students can progress to Stage 2 of training in Sport and Exercise Psychology which is also offered by the Department of Sport and Exercise at the University of Winchester.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

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