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The award
MRes

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Sport and Exercise Psychology at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

Become an expert in the fields of sport and exercise psychology. Apply your psychological knowledge to enhance the personal development and performance of athletes and coaches. 

The focus is on developing research expertise, with a project conducted over the entire year of study. The aim is to develop and submit work of publishable quality. Current practical, technical and research skills are embedded in the course to reflect the needs of sport-related careers and industry. You'll learn a strong complement of applied and research skills, balanced with how to communicate key information to relevant sport industry partners.

This Sport and Exercise Psychology Masters is a great stepping stone to a PhD if your career goals are more aligned to academia.

Develop your range of practical and empirical skills that are transferable across industry, sport and health sectors

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

Contact details: Email us
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

You will undertake three core modules and one optional module, including an extensive research project. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

  • Modules

    Core Modules:

    • Sport Science Research Methods (15 cp) - You will learn how to design and conduct a research project including a proposal, ethical approval, methodological design and writing for publications. You will develop your skills in the use of software packages for statistical analysis of data and be introduced to qualitative data analysis.
    • Sport Science in Action (15 cp) - This module aims to enhance your employability providing the relevant knowledge and practical skills for your chosen field. The module includes a variety of teaching methods and sessions aimed at developing you as a practitioner and researcher.
    • Sport Research Project (120 cp) - As the core aspect for the Masters by Research (MRes) you will undertake an extensive research project in sport or exercise psychology, under the supervision of our expert staff. You will design and conduct the necessary theoretical and practical research work, and present the findings in the formats of a scientific paper and poster.

    Optional modules:

    Choose one module from the following:

    • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (30 cp) - This module will enable you to critique current research from high impact journals across a range of key areas such as imagery, goal setting and sport confidence. It requires you to examine both qualitative and quantitative research in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Applied Sport Psychology (30 cp) - This area of study will enable you to apply psychological knowledge to enhance the personal development and performance of athletes and coaches.
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • enhance your communication skills
    • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
    • boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Where you'll study

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Sport students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and CELS buildings.

    We offer outstanding facilities such as the Sports Science Environmental Chamber, which is British Olympic Association Approved, and 3-dimensional imaging equipment used to digitally capture human motion for technique analysis.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you're taught

You will experience a mixture of seminars, lectures, laboratories and you will also have several opportunities to present in front of peers and academic staff.

Assessment includes:

  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • journal articles
  • an interview

Careers and employability

Graduates of the MRes have pursued careers in:

  • sports marketing and management
  • sports injury and rehabilitation
  • sport psychology research

Employers have included Manchester United FC, Northumbria University, Institute of Youth Sport, Kings College and English Institute of Sport.

This Sport and Exercise Psychology postgraduate degree can provide a platform for students who are considering a PhD, and want to gain further experience and relevant qualifications before committing to a research degree.

We also offer international (non-EU) scholarships and bursaries for this course. Visit our scholarships page for more information.

This course does not currently offer placements.

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 awardMResHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500
  • Part-time study: £2,200 year one, £4,300 year two

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800
  • Part-time study: £TBC

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) in a sport science related subject including biology, biochemistry or psychology.

Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

International students please see the English language requirements section.

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