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Dr Stacy Winter
Dr Stacy Winter

Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology
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Our MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wanting to enhance their understanding and skills in the area.

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Why study Applied Sport Psychology?

The Applied Sport Psychology master's degree at St Mary's University has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is designed to enable students to attain professional recognition beyond the programme and to help those wishing to develop a career in sport psychology or aiming to enhance their understanding of the field.

The programme has a discipline-focussed curriculum, looking closely at developing knowledge and applied skills that are critical to practitioners.

Motor skills are an integral element of the programme, allowing students to enhance their ability to work closely with both performers and coaches.

Why St Mary's?

Over the previous 20 years there has been a gradual acceptance and involvement in psychology within sport at all levels. The application of psychology with sports performers and coaches has been rapid and continues to develop.

Recognising this, the professional bodies of both sport science and psychology (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the British Psychology Society) have developed professional routes to recognition within the field.

Our focus on sport and elite sporting performance makes the University an ideal environment for students. The Faculty of Sport, Health and Applied Science has five specialised laboratories, in addition to a £8 million sports centre.

Key facts

  • BPS accredited programme
  • Discipline-focussed curriculum
  • Development of knowledge and applied skills critical to practitioners
  • Motor skills are an integral element of the programme
  • Research and practitioner expertise of staff

Course content


  • Applied Motor Skills 
  • Professional and Counselling Skills 
  • Psychological Skills 1 
  • Psychological Skills 2 
  • Research Methods 
  • Research Project 
  • Social Psychology of Sport: Interpersonal and Group Processes 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The specific focus of the programme on applied sport psychology enables students to focus their understanding and skills to enhance their opportunities for employment within the sport and performance sectors. The options on completion of the MSc are wide ranging but include moving onto BPS stage-2 training or BASES supervised experience through internships or development programmes, progressing into teaching or research positions within higher education, as well as building skills towards business ventures in the applied psychology field.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

A range of teaching methods are used on the programme including lectures, seminars, role plays and student-led discussions.

Students are expected to engage in discussion and enter into significant preparation and self-motivated research to be able to contribute and share knowledge in sessions.

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.


How the course is taught

Teaching takes place all day Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Qualifications available

In order to qualify for the Certificate, students will be required to achieve 60 credits and for the Diploma 120 credits. For the degree of Master of Science, students will be required to achieve 180 credits, 60 of which will be the Research project.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,660
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,280
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


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

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

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

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 contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. The effects of time-constraints as a function of anxiety manipulations on basketball free-throws
  2. Context: A mediating variable in motivational climate perceptions and the coach-athlete relationship
  3. Can physical activity be used as a vehicle for post-traumatic growth?
  4. An investigation into the pre-performance routines of elite long jumpers
  5. Going pro: Exploring adult triathletes' transitions into elite sport
  6. Investigating the predictive nature of past performances and leadership on collective efficacy
  7. Team halo effect - Does it exist in the world of professional rugby?
  8. The practice of sport psychology: A youth coaches' perspective
  9. Boxing between coaches: A case study of a coach-athlete-coach triadic relationship
  10. Organisational stressors, coping strategies, and effectiveness in elite track and field coaches