Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc)

the United Kingdom

For more information about Sport and Exercise Psychology at University of Portsmouth, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Sport and Exercise Psychology at University of Portsmouth

The mind plays a huge role in sports and exercise performance, by helping - or preventing - people from achieving their physical and technical potential. If you're a sports or psychology graduate or current practitioner who wants to advance your sports science career, our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll learn about the effect of the mind on human behaviour and performance, in and out of competition. You'll develop knowledge and skills that are critical to practitioners, and study the key themes including the psychology of elite performance, applied sport psychology and the psychology of exercise and physical activity.

We'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. When you graduate, you'll be prepared for a career in sports psychology with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics.

Entry requirements

When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an applied practitioner, researcher or lecturer in sport and exercise psychology.

You'll also have the transferable skills for a career in other sectors, like business, the police or the armed forces.

What can you do with a Sport and Exercise Psychology degree?

Our previous graduates have gone on to work in organisations including:

  • UK Sport
  • NHS
  • Sport governing bodies
  • Health and fitness companies
  • Private healthcare companies

What jobs can you do with a Sport and Exercise Psychology degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Sports and exercise scientist
  • Lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology
  • Researcher in sport and/or exercise psychology

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the sport and exercise industries.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory workshops
  • tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September to December - teaching block 1
  • January to May (early February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only) - teaching block 2

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • scientific reports
  • reflective accounts
  • product development
  • presentations
  • projects

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.

Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,950
  • Part-time: £3,080 a year (subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £7,950
  • Part-time: £3,080 a year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £15,500 
  • Part-time: £7,750 a year (subject to annual increase)

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Start your application by following the link below:

September 2021 start

  • Part time (2 year)

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

Accredited: Yes

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-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees (2021 start)

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £7,950
  • Part-time: £3,080 a year (subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £7,950
  • Part-time: £3,080 a year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £15,500 
  • Part-time: £7,750 a year (subject to annual increase)

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Portsmouth to find course entry requirements.

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