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Applied Sport Psychology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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1 year (full-time)

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Please note: this programme has a limited number of places available all of which have currently been filled; however we are still open for applications as we operate a reserve list for this programme.  

Learn to apply theory to practice to optimise performance and wellbeing in sport with our Applied Sport Psychology master’s degree

Navigate the human mind and sport performance with our applied Sport Psychology master’s. You will develop a deep knowledge base and learn to apply theory to practice, critical analysis skills, and you will practice professional skills critical to practitioners while covering content such as:

  • well-being in sport and performance settings
  • motivation, confidence, stress and anxiety
  • psychological techniques
  • cultural and organisational psychology
  • motor skills
  • counselling skills
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Our postgraduate Sport Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

World-class facilities

We have built an international reputation in sport through our focus on elite athletic performance. With our postgraduate sport psychology course, you can access our specialist laboratories.

You’ll also access our world-class sporting facilities, including our:

Expert teaching and support

You will learn from experts committed to your well-being. Our student, Phoebe, explains that the lecturers gave students exceptional attention and were “an incredible source of support”.


Dr Carla Meijen

Course Lead - Applied Sport Psychology MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold or be working toward a 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sport Psychology or Sport Science.


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Additional requirement information

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a recognised stage 1 qualification for those wishing to pursue a career as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, whilst also fulfilling the requirements for graduates wishing to pursue professional training through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Only applicants who already hold, or are eligible for, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (eg: they have undertaken a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in psychology or sport psychology), or those who plan to obtain it by completing a BPS-accredited conversion course, are eligible to register for the BPS-accredited MSc programme.

For applicants without GBC, we only admit those whose undergraduate degree has a substantial sport psychology component (eg: Sport Science) and meet eligibility for the BASES professional training pathway.


Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding






Funding Information

A non-refundable deposit of £200 is required for Home/EU students to confirm their place.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 10% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding.  International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Assessments are varied including essays, case studies, group projects, role plays, oral presentations, reflections and guides for performers and coaches.

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. All modules are assessed by a variety of both written and oral forms of assessment. 

Career opportunities

With our Sport Psychology master’s is designed to prepare you for a career in sport psychology. During the MSc you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as critical analysis, problem-solving, reflective practice, adaptability, communication, and collaboration.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Applied Sport Psychology MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:

the sport sectorthe performing arts sectorthe health sectorteachingresearchbusiness

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