Master of Sport Psychology

Release time: 2020-03-25 11:53

Master of Sport Psychology

Our Sport Psychology offers a unique opportunity to combine research in a specialist field and work-based learning experience.

Why study this course?

Our Master of Sport Psychology degree is a one-year, 180-credit degree that gives you the opportunity to conduct your own research as well as providing you with an introduction to the practice of teaching in higher education.

You will carry out a research project in an area of sport and exercise medicine of your choosing and gain experience of teaching and learning in higher education – this includes spending 120 hours shadowing teachers and assisting them with their teaching of sport and exercise medicine modules at the University.

More about this course

This course places an emphasis on research methods developed in the field of sport psychology, you'll explore current debates on the nature of research and knowledge in relation to current teaching practice. 

This degree will give you the opportunity to research areas such as contemporary interventions to enhance competitive performance, mindfulness, perceptions of discomfort and pain management in endurance sport, strategies to enhance exercise participation, as well as adherence and manipulation of perceived pressure to enhance performance. Your degree will usually focus on one of these areas but we welcome cross-discipline research projects.

Your supervisor will be able to advise you on career development and on relevant professional bodies to help support progression in your chosen field. You'll be encouraged and supported to attend at least one relevant conference and produce at least one publishable paper.


Assessment will be primarily focussed on the Master of Sport Psychology thesis. Other modules will contain a range of assessments including essays, presentations, log books, work experience and exams.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

+Facilitating Student Learning (core, 20 credits)

+Health Sciences Research Project (core, 120 credits)

+Higher Education Work Placement (core, 20 credits)

+Research Methods and Statistics (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Graduating from our MRes course opens up career opportunities in research as well as roles as university lecturers or graduate teaching assistants. You could also go on to work in professional research settings, private clinics or professional sports teams.

In addition to a wide range of research and teaching related careers, completing an Master of Sport Psychology  also opens up further opportunities to advance your research by going on to study an MPhil or PhD.