Taught course

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Exercise and Sport Science

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree - at least a 2.2 - typically in a related area or in an area of study accompanied by professional or personal experience. Applicants with relevant extensive professional experience in this field will be considered for Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accredited Prior Experience (APE) entrance, even if they do not have the required qualifications.

IELTS score required for international students 6.5 with no element below 5.5.

Months of entry


Course content

Sport and exercise are more sophisticated than ever before. From the impact on our bodies to the impact on our communities, our understanding of the subject is growing every day. With that growth comes a whole range of specialist fields and niche subjects, not to mention a variety of career paths. This masters course can prepare you for those possibilities, offering the mix of critical thinking, expert knowledge and professional skills vital for new areas of health, exercise intervention and sports education.

It’s a course built on solid scientific and practical foundations. We provide an interdisciplinary perspective – giving you the chance to touch on areas like sport and exercise genetics and neuroscience in sport and exercise. As such, this is a flexible course that offers two pathways.


  • MSc Sport and Exercise (Sport and Exercise Psychology)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise (Sport and Exercise Physiology)

So whether you see your future working in the lab, in the community or by the track, pitch or pool, we offer a route to the knowledge and skills you’ll need.

Core Units for MSc Sport and Exercise - Psychology are:

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

Career Prospects

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a specialist future in sport and exercise, whether that means professional roles or continued studies. While many of our graduates pursue their PhD after achieving their masters, many others have gone into senior roles within education, from international professors to PE teachers to senior managers. It’s also a qualification that can take you far within healthcare, whether working in rehabilitation, health promotion or as a physiologist with the NHS or private provider.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 161 247 6969