Taught course

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Institution
Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

All students should normally possess the Graduate Basis for Registration by the British Psychological Society.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is the first stage of practitioner training for Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologists. The course develops strong analytical skills, research and writing skills. Students study modules in the areas of performance, from recreational to elite levels, as well as exercise, physical activity and health, producing a diversity of career options. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Sport and Exercise Psychology is a relatively new field of applied psychology, which is rapidly growing and evolving. Increased media interest in both elite performance and physical activity has drawn attention to the need to truly understand how and why people engage in sport and physical activity.

As such there is an increasing demand for psychologists who have expertise in sport and exercise. In performance sport, most National Governing Bodies now recognise sports science support as an important part of training and competition and many now employ sports psychologists to assist in the mental training of their athletes for World Class competition. Similarly, in the exercise domain many primary care trusts are now appointing exercise specialists with expertise in psychology to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Now that physical activity has become part of the NHS national service framework, the demand for exercise specialists is set to increase.

Postgraduate study in sport and exercise psychology provides an opportunity to specialise in an exciting and developing branch of sport and exercise science. The programme allows students to study pertinent modules in the areas of performance, from recreational to elite levels, as well as exercise, physical activity and health, thus providing students with a diversity of career options.

Teaching will comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals and presentations. Assessment can take the form of examinations, written assessments, practical reports, portfolios, oral presentations and presentation logs.

The programme aims to equip students with a solid knowledge foundation, key practitioner skills, and research skills that effectively prepare them for a career in sport and exercise psychology.There is an increasing demand for psychologists who have expertise in sport and exercise. In performance sport, most National Governing Bodies now recognise sports science support as an important part of training and competition and many now employ sports psychologists to assist in the mental training of their athletes for World Class competition. Similarly, in the exercise domain many primary care trusts are now appointing exercise specialists with expertise in psychology to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Now that physical activity has become part of the NHS national service framework, the demand for exercise specialists is set to increase.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
ar.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk
Phone
0191 227 4444