An undergraduate degree or conversion course in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered status (GBC), and a BPS accredited masters degree which confers Stage I of the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Should an applicant not have completed these prior degrees, it is possible that they could complete these pre-requisites within the department before progressing onto the Professional Doctorate. Applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
Months of entry
Why take this course?
This course was the first Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology to be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On completion of this course you will hold a doctoral degree and be eligible to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.
The course offers a unique blended learning opportunity for those who wish to achieve both the highest level of academic degree and vocational qualification to practice as a psychologist within the sport and exercise domain. Holding these dual qualifications is increasingly important for both career and professional development in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
What will I experience?
On this course you will:
- Gain advanced research skills through the completion of a doctoral level programme of research.
- Be supervised by BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologists, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologists, and British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientists. All supervisors are experienced researcher-practitioners with extensive applied experience.
- Develop advanced ethical, communication, and consultancy competencies in applied sport and exercise psychology practice.
What opportunities might it lead to?
Specific careers directly related to this qualification include becoming an applied practitioner, researcher, or lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology. Applied practitioners tend to be self employed or employed by national governing bodies, sport institutes, or private sport organisations.
Researchers tend to be employed by commercial companies and academic institutions. Lecturers in this field are employed by further and higher educational establishments.
You will not only be qualified for a career in applied sport and exercise psychology, but also in sports and exercise science, and management roles within the world of sport, for example, national governing bodies. Alternatively, given the range of general employability skills developed throughout the course, you could also go on to a variety of careers in other sectors, for example, business, the police and the armed services.
The Professional Doctorate comprises two stages:
Stage 1 relates to the completion of a British Psychological Society accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course (conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Status) and a British Psychological Society accredited Masters degree (conferring Stage 1 of the BPS’s Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology). If you have completed the requirements for Stage 1 (i.e. Stage 1 BPS QSEP), you will be compensated for this through APEL and will enter the programme at Stage 2 of the Professional Doctorate.
Stage 2 of this course contains three core units: Publication and Dissemination (30 credits), Proposal for Professional Research and Development Project and Professional Practice and Research (30 credits), and Professional Research and Development Project in Sport and Exercise Psychology (360 credits). These units are made up of component parts and are assessed through portfolio work, presentation, and viva voce examination.
You will be assigned one or more University supervisors, depending on the area of research and professional development. Access to specialist advisors in the workplace will be required for Part 2 of the programme and will vary according to the area of investigation. We have excellent support systems for our Professional Doctorate students and you will be assigned a Personal Tutor for Part 1 as well as two Supervisors for Part 2 of the course. There are further opportunities to attend research seminars and workshops organised by the University's Graduate School.
The Professional Doctorate consists of coursework and research and is credit based. The coursework component is designed to help build on professional expertise by exposing students to challenging and innovative ideas in their field.
Assessment is by coursework (including preparation of manuscripts for publication and documents for review in line with the BPS QSEP) and oral presentations. This should normally take 36 months to complete.
This course is specifically tailored for individuals seeking to become a sport and exercise psychologist and hold a doctoral research degree. It's the first course to provide this blended approach to gaining the qualifications in one programme of work. The course is designed for those interested in a career in academia such as research and lecturing, and/or applied practice in the domain of sport and exercise psychology.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Research Team - Faculty of Science
- 023 9284 2994