Taught course

Exercise and Sport - Psychology

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good UK honours degree (or international equivalent) typically a first or upper second classification in a related area or in an area of study accompanied by significant professional or personal experience. Applicants with a 2:2 will be called for interview. Those with sector-based expertise, but without traditional qualifications, are actively encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Important information: academic review of Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire campus

Manchester Metropolitan University has been undertaking a review of the long-term future of academic provision at its Cheshire campus. It has now been confirmed that the University will withdraw from the Cheshire campus. This means that we expect the campus to close in the summer of 2019.

As the withdrawal from the campus will be a phased process we are still pleased to receive applications for one year full time postgraduate taught courses starting in 2017 on the Cheshire campus. We also continue to welcome applications for part time postgraduate courses of two years in duration in the Exercise and Sport Science department starting in 2017. Applications for courses that are expected to take longer than two years to complete are currently on hold.

Please visit our website for the latest information on the review: www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/campusreview

Intellectually challenging and discipline-focussed, this British Psychological Society accredited programme prepares you for a career within your chosen sub-discipline of exercise and sport at an advanced level. Underpinned by research and practitioner expertise, an interdisciplinary perspective is encouraged. Opportunities for interaction across biomechanics, physiology and psychology, coaching studies, sport development and sports injury are included.

The course is flexible: major and minor in chosen subjects for your desired combination e.g. MSc Exercise and Sport (Psychology with Biomechanics).

Study pattern

Full-time: Attendance at the University for 2 days per week from September to Easter. From Easter until completion attendance depends on the research project.

Part-time: University attendance for one day per week from September to Easter. In the second year, one day a week for Terms 1 and 2 and then Easter to completion of research project as necessary.

Masters graduates have the potential to progress from research programmes to positions in sport science/coaching within a sport governing body or with the English Institute of Sport and Scottish and Welsh Sports Council. For those who progress to achieve BPS Chartered status and HPC registration there are also many opportunities to practise in an applied environment either in exercise or sport. There are also consultancy and teaching opportunities at institutes of further and higher education. This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Special Features:

  • Taught in a brand new £10 million Exercise and Sport Science Centre.
  • Our sport development unit provides students opportunities to obtain additional qualifications and volunteering opportunities.
  • Flexible programme allowing you to combine subjects
  • Find out more about our courses by watching a short introductory film by the Head of Department Neil Fowler

You will study units from the following:

  • Foundation Psychology
  • Cognition and Emotion in Exercise and Sport
  • Needs Analysis in Consultancy
  • Neuroscience in Exercise and Sport
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Social Psychology of Performance Sport
  • Professional Skills
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Research Project

Information for international students

International students please see www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
For more information on fees people follow www.mmu.ac.uk/13518
International students
For more information on fees people follow www.mmu.ac.uk/13518

For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969