Develop an advanced understanding of the theory and applied practice of sport and exercise psychology. Pursue a career in consultancy, education or research.
In this Masters degree you will gain knowledge of the practical use of psychology in sport and exercise contexts. You will develop a critical understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and applied practice in the psychological factors influencing sport performance and exercise participation.
Our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree supports you in developing the necessary practical and professional competencies to conduct needs assessments and develop interventions to support athletes across the lifespan. These skills and experiences form part of the required stage 1 training in sport and exercise psychology. They also prepare you to start your stage 2 training to become an accredited sport psychologist.
Accreditation for our MSc course by BPS and BASES (seeking approval in 2024), ensures that we can support students from both a sport and exercise science or psychology background to progress towards Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, after stage 2 completion.
As well as the applied elements, our course offers the benefit of developing practical research skills, such as storey telling and interviewing, used for clinical and research purposes, as well as statistical data analysis and data visualisation.
For your dissertation you'll have the opportunity to independently research an area you're passionate about. You are supported by lecturers who are prominent researchers in the field of sport and exercise psychology, sport and exercise science, and cognitive psychology and neuroscience – and longstanding members of ARU’s world-renowned research community.
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As a Sport and Exercise Psychology student at ARU you'll have access to a full range of sport and exercise science and psychology laboratories, including a 3D motion capture suite, EEG laboratory, biomarker and haematology lab, (mobile) eye-tracking equipment, and a sport therapy clinic and interview rooms.
We're seeking accreditation from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide you with stage 1 training in sport and exercise psychology. Following graduation, you can work to complete stage 2 training to become an accredited sport and exercise psychologist, and register with the Health and Care Professionals Council.
Throughout your MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course, you'll develop a range of professional skills to prepare you for or a career as a consultant sport and exercise psychologist, or for an academic career.
You'll gain the skills to tackle complex problems through critical evaluation, evidence and solve research questions in real-world contexts, and communicate your ideas and findings effectively to variety of audiences. You can use your counselling skills when working with coaches, athletes, or professionals.
In your future career, you can use the professional frameworks and ethical guidelines described by our professional bodies.
As a graduate, you can also combine your stage 2 applied practice with a position as trainee sport and exercise psychologist in psychological service organisations. Or you may consider developing your own practice in sport and exercise psychology consultancy; or as a health and wellbeing consultant.
Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with our Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.
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