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MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Studying Sport and Exercise Psychology at ARU

Develop an advanced understanding of the theory and applied practice of sport and exercise psychology to pursue a career in consultancy, education, or research, by studying for our Masters in Cambridge.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Why Sport and Exercise Psychology at ARU?

  • Develop your theoretical understanding and applied practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Study on a course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) (subject to approval), preparing you for a career as a sport psychologist.
  • Discover our high-performance specialised labs endorsed by BASES.
  • Join a university with a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

In this Masters degree you'll gain knowledge of the practical use of psychology in sport and exercise contexts. You'll develop a critical understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and applied practice in the psychological factors influencing sport performance and exercise participation.

The course supports you in developing the necessary practical and professional competencies to conduct needs assessments and develop interventions to support athletes across the lifespan and taking into account cultural contexts. These skills and experiences form part of the required Stage 1 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and prepare you optimally to start your Stage 2 training to become a registered sport psychologist.

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Specialist facilities

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.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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BPS and BASES dual accreditation pending

We’re currently pending accreditation from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) to provide you with the required Stage 1 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Following graduation, you can complete Stage 2 training to become an accredited Sport and Exercise Psychologist and register with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). The route you take to this depends on your undergraduate qualification.


Throughout your course, you'll develop a range of professional skills that will prepare you for an academic career or a career as a consultant sport and exercise psychologist.

You'll learn how to tackle complex problems through critical evaluation, and be able to use your research skills to evidence and solve research questions in real-world contexts. You’ll practise communicating your ideas and findings effectively to variety of audiences and build counselling skills to use when working with coaches, athletes, or professionals.

As a MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate, you'll be able to make use of our professional bodies' professional frameworks and ethical guidelines. You could combine your Stage 2 applied practice with a position as trainee sport and exercise psychologist in psychological service organisations. You might also consider developing a career as a health and wellbeing consultant, or starting your own practice in sport and exercise psychology consultancy.

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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