Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc (MSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4030

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International course fees
GBP 12190

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About Sport & Exercise Psychology MSc at Brunel University London

The MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology is intended for 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. This course is accredited by the BPS and constitutes Stage 1 of training to become a chartered sport and exercise psychologist. Reflecting the research expertise of the teaching team, there is currently a greater focus on sport psychology; however, topics from exercise psychology are addressed in several of the modules and supervision is available for students wishing to conduct exercise-related research in their dissertation.Entry RequirementsUsually a 2:1 in a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology course that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Students who hold a good honours degree in a related discipline and who have successfully completed a BPS accredited conversion course (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology) will also be considered. Where possible, an interview will take place.Course Aims1.Provide students with a coherent programme of study, consistent with the accreditation criteria specified by DSEPTC, which prepares them for Stage 2 of training for becoming a BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. 2.Extend students’ knowledge and understanding in the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 3.Provide students with a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought. 4.Provide students with grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares them for higher research-related degrees (e.g., PhD).Course ContentModules include: Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports PerformanceThe purpose of this module is to enable you to develop your understanding of psychological aspects of sports performance. The primary focus of the module is on attentional processes in relation to skill learning and expertise. We will examine theories in topics such as "choking" and will consider the applied implications of this work. In addition, we will examine perceptual aspects of sports performance, considering theories relating to anticipation skill and perceptual training.Social Processes in Exercise and SportThe purpose of this module is to apply the theoretical knowledge of social processes and group dynamics to sport and exercise environments. It will increase your awareness and expertise in the areas of leadership and coach-athlete relationships, group cohesion and motivation, and the home advantage phenomenon. The module is designed to be relevant to those aspiring to become applied sport psychologists or sport/exercise scientists. The module content is particularly relevant to those who intend to work with sport or exercise groups. It is common practice for the best work from this module to be presented as poster presentations at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Conference and at the BASES Student Conference.Individual Difference in Sport and ExerciseThe purpose of this module is to allow you to develop knowledge and understanding and engage in critical analysis of selected theories in the psychological domain of individual differences. Some of the key themes that are covered on the module include personology, psychometric assessment, motivation, psychophysical effects of music and competition anxiety. The module is designed to be relevant to those aspiring to become applied sport psychologists or sport/exercise scientists. There is a particular emphasis on oral presentation skills and this will involve you grappling with the key issues and theories presented by the lecturing team.Psychological Skills for PractiitionersThis module is designed to develop an understanding of the application of key psychological frameworks that underpin sport psychology practice. Through workshops, seminars and lectures you will explore a range of psychological skills and their application to enhance and support athletes.Professional DevelopmentThis module enables you to develop areas/skills to enhance your professional development in the future. It will allow you to engage in a work-based study. The topic area will be agreed with the module leader and an appropriate supervisor. You will negotiate and agree a learning contract and the procedures and assessment to be undertaken. The topic chosen must be different from the topic of the dissertation.Performance LifestyleThis module focuses on high achieving athletes and those tasked to care for them as they strive to create an environment that facilitates success while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The module has been endorsed by UK Sport and the content reflects the Performance Lifestyle support available to athletes through advisors at the English Institute of Sport. The module provides students with an opportunity to consider the performing athlete in a broader sense.Research Methods and Data AnalysisThis module aims to enable you to develop the necessary skills to undertake a piece of independent research and is designed to cover a range of both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches and data analysis techniques. The work completed on this module leads directly into the MSc Dissertation.Research DissertationThe purpose of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate that you have a secure grasp of critical theoretical principles and/or their application by conducting an extended, in-depth piece of research. You will need to demonstrate the ability to use appropriate research resources and methods in the examination of a self-chosen topic related to one or more of the scientific disciplines covered within the course. You will work closely with your supervisor to develop a research/project theme and analytical techniques. In addition to this, regular seminars are available in which aspects of the dissertation/research project can be discussed with other students on the module and a member of staff.Sport Organisation, Policy and the Law*The purpose of this module is to locate forms of sport organisations in the UK within their cultural and political contexts. This module will examine the role of the state and the effects of legislation on sport organisation and sporting provision. The module will also assess the significance of national and international politics, and the role of the law in the regulation of sport.*MSc Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) onlyAdditional Information: The MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology programme will run in parallel with the existing MSc Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) programme. Graduates of both programmes will be eligible for seeking accreditation through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). WebsitesBPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology BPS accredited psychology coursesSpecial FeaturesSchool of Sport and EducationThe School enjoys 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. Our students have varied backgrounds and interests - some are keen to gain knowledge about sports performance, others are keen to explore the links between sport and, for example, community, education, health, and politics. Sport is a hugely popular form of culture around the world and the academic study of sport has grown in popularity to meet the demands of the global sports industry. In parallel with these developments, sport sciences courses at Brunel are up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking. If you are interested in studying sport or forging a sport-related career, we welcome your application to study for a postgraduate degree at Brunel.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4030International course feesGBP 12190
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2015International course feesGBP 6095

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