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.
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 School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has five specialised laboratories, in addition to a £8 million sports centre.
Teaching takes place all day Monday and Wednesday mornings. 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.
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. 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.
- 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