Northumbria University Newcastle - Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

Northumbria University Newcastle

Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

The Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, which when accompanied by the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will provide a basis for professional development as a practitioner in the form of Stage 2 training, as well as further study, employment and enterprise.

Facilitated by an expert team of researchers, and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered practitioners, this employment focused MSc provides you with key knowledge and practical skills to pursue a career path in sport and exercise psychology. Drawing on research led teaching, practical experiences of staff using real-life examples and innovative assessment strategies, we will ensure that you and your learning are at the forefront of a growing field.

Sport and Exercise Psychologists seek to understand the ways in which thoughts and emotions can affect performance and exercise behaviour. Practitioners use this knowledge to provide psychological skills support, increase motivation and develop self-belief at all levels. Whether that is encouraging members of the public to adopt a more active lifestyle or optimising the performance of sports competitors.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Psychology that provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, or a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related field with relevant experience.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

You will graduate with a wide range of professional skills, which include the ability to:

▪ Critically evaluate current theories and evidence which can be applied to understand and solve complex issues in real world contexts.

▪ Communicate your ideas and findings effectively to variety of audiences, whether it be coaches, parents, athletes, or exercise enthusiasts.

▪ Apply relevant ethical, legal, and professional practice frameworks (such as those required by the BPS and HCPC).

This master’s degree programme will help develop the professional skills that will give you the edge in this evolving area of psychology. Your transferable skills will include oral and written communication, critical evaluation, problem solving, time management, IT, and advanced statistical and qualitative analysis techniques. Graduates with Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications who are interested in Sport Psychology will be in a strong position to work with major sports teams or field-based consultation at major sporting events.

Course Details

Based in our well-equipped laboratory facilities and the state-of-the art Sport Central, you will be given the opportunity to work with athletes and client groups.

You’ll find that many modules use real-world scenarios, providing an opportunity to satisfy your intellectual curiosity as you work your way through evidence that often seems contradictory or controversial. You may find yourself helping to solve a real-life athlete issue; implementing intervention strategies to assist with performance; or developing a strategy to encourage behaviour change.

Assessment methods are varied and include exams, critical reviews and essays. Much of the course-based assessment has been developed to illustrate how the principles of sport and exercise psychology are applied in real world contexts. These may include reflections, case study reports, client/athlete needs assessments presentations, and handouts to coaches.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Psychology Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Exercise Psychology (20 Credits)
Motor Processes in Sport (20 Credits)
Psychological Skills for Sport Performance (20 Credits)
Counselling and Interpersonal Processes in Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (20 Credits)
Professional Skills (20 Credits)
MSc Thesis (Core,60 Credits)

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