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MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS Stage 1)


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year or 2/3 Years Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline.

You will also be required to attend an interview.


2021/22 UK fee: £7,900

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Thomas Cooke
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology student

"Following the completion of my MSc in Sport & Exercise Psychology 18-19 at the University of Chichester, I have successfully made the transition into the applied field as the lead academy psychologist U9-U16 at Millwall FC and as a performance psychologist at InnerDrive. These roles have provided me with the opportunity to work with children, young adults, coaches and parents within the sporting and academic environment. I have approached these opportunities with confidence as a result of invaluable knowledge provided during my MSc with particular reference to the Professional Practice module I completed in my 2nd semester. This module enabled me the chance to hear the journeys of Sport Psychologists which provided examples of the types of pathways people take to the applied world. This expert level of teaching and organisation was matched throughout all my modules during my masters and enabled me to develop as an independent learner and a psychologist."

Kevin Rich
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology student

“After 20 years of teaching I was highly motivated to get a different perspective in my professional life and become a learner again. I had to adapt fairly quickly to the rigours of the course but that was part of the challenge. I hugely enjoyed the interactive nature of lectures - we were involved in our learning and I took huge amounts from the skill acquisition, social processes and health and well-being modules into my work as a teacher and coach. The process of learning Sport Psychology at Masters level was transformative and re-ignited my passion for the role of games and physical education in young people's lives. I have returned to teaching with a more sophisticated and critical sense of how we can impact people's lives through sport. This sits alongside some enhanced communication, mentoring and counselling skills that I gained throughout the course. Investing in your intellectual development and self-awareness, even as a mature student, is something that I simply cannot recommend enough.”

Course content


Our MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology seeks to provide you with an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of the discipline and to increase your skills in applying such knowledge in the context of sport performance and exercise for health and wellbeing. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a recognised stage 1 qualification for those wishing to pursue a career as a Practicing Sport and Exercise Psychologist (through the BPS, qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology) whilst also fulfilling the requirements for Sport and Exercise Science graduates wishing to pursue professional accreditation through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). 

Graduates from this MSc have also developed careers in other fields such as academia, teaching, research, coaching, health and wellbeing and business. By studying at Chichester you will have the opportunity to become involved in the wider research and consultancy work of the department which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology academics and consultants.

It is a one-year full time (with part time routes available) programme of study designed for graduates from either Psychology or Sport and Exercise Sciences.


This course starts in September


You can request a postgraduate prospectus here.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room


Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

The course prepares students for a range of graduate careers; our students have gone on to further work or training in a variety of fields including:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher research Degrees (PhD)
  • Teaching
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports coaching
  • Exercise Referral
  • Business management and recruitment

For those wishing to commence training for BPS QSEP Stage 2 and BASES SE, there are opportunities for supervision from academic staff who are qualified supervisors and associates of the Sports Performance Rehabilitation Unit.


Course accreditations

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a recognised Stage 1 qualification for those wishing to pursue a career as a Practicing Sport and Exercise Psychologist (through the BPS qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology).

Indicative modules

All students are required to complete six taught modules, five discipline modules and one in research methods and statistics. In addition, students will complete a research dissertation. 

  • Social Processes in Sport - With a focus on qualitative methods and narrative analysis, students explore current issues in sport that are impacted by social processes (for example group environment, athlete/leader interactions) and psychosocial phenomena that may threaten the performance narrative (such as injury, career transition).​
  • Cognitive Processes in Sport - This module attempts to identify the key cognitive factors responsible for the development and demonstration of expertise, and to explore the scope for the coach and the learner to enhance learning and performance through a better understanding of such processes.
  • Advanced Performance Psychology - The module examines psychological characteristics that have been proposed as important determinants of success in sport, with a specific focus on mental toughness.
  • Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology - Using approaches such as role play, the presentation of case studies and experiential learning, students focus on the development of practitioner skills and competencies involved in the practice of sport and exercise psychology.
  • Advanced Applied Research Skills - You will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in psychology literature.
  • Enhancing Physical Activity Participation and Wellbeing ​- Contemporary research and theory relating to the adoption and maintenance of physical activity participation for health and wellbeing will be explored. By understanding health behaviour change, motivation, and the impact of physical activity on self-concept and quality of life, students will be able to plan and evaluate interventions.
  • Dissertation - You will conduct and communicate independent research in an area of your own interest.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered in small groups and is interactive. Students are encouraged to debate topics and lead their fellow students through presentations and discussions. In a number of modules there is also a practical element to gain experience of delivering mental skills techniques and developing the skills needed for applied practice. 

Requirements for exit qualifications:

  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Course delivery

The full time course runs from the start of the academic year in September through to the following August. 

Students undertake 3 taught modules in the autumn (September to December) and spring (January to May) semester. 

The dissertation is conducted and completed over the summer semester (June to August). 

Part-time routes are available and those wishing to complete their studies part-time should contact the programme co-ordinator Dr Sarah Edmunds to discuss the options.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

• Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;

• A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;

• The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;

• Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;

• Access to support from our Careers Service;

• Disability and additional learning support;

• The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;

• 24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

• Accommodation and living costs;

• Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);

• General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;

• Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);

• The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;

• Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate); 

• Gym membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;

• Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;

• Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);

• If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here

• Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Courses with a DBS enhanced disclosure check charge of £44:

• FD & BSc Community Sports Coaching

• Early Childhood Studies

• FD & BSc Football Coaching and Performance

• Humanistic Counselling

• Mathematics for Teaching KS 2 / 3

• Physical Education & Primary Years

• Physical Education & Sports Coaching

• Physical Education & Secondary Years

• Primary Teaching

• Primary Teaching (Early Years)

• All PGCEs

• BA and MA Social Work

• Sport Development

• Sport Business & Management

• Sport Studies

• Sport Coaching & Science

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Postgraduate loan

Click here to find out more about the postgraduate loan here.

Graduate Success

Tauhid Choudhury, who graduated from our Masters programme in 2018, received the 2019 BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc Research Award. This annual prize recognises the best MSc dissertation submitted by a DSEP member. Tauhid’s dissertation explored British Muslim Athlete’s experience of training and competing in sport during Ramadan using a narrative analysis.