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MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS Stage 1)

 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £7040*

2019 international fee: £13,600*

*Alumni receive a 15% discount 

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline
  • You will also be required to attend an interview

 

Student view

Alice Wearn
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology student
At the beginning of my master's, I was just hoping to pass the year so coming out with a distinction at the end of it is unbelievable and I can only thank the team for it. The support from all the tutors was phenomenal and I couldn't have got through the year without it. The master's not only increased my knowledge in Sport & Exercise Psychology, but it helped me in many other ways as well, and has given me so much more confidence in myself that I am able to achieve much more than I give credit to myself for.

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.

 

 

 

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 (to be completed by September 2019)

Image below is for illustrative purposes only for colours. (not actual astro at Chichetster)  Line markings and surrounding layout will be different.

Blue and green astro - image of different institution to see style

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 as 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 - you will 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)
  • Performance Psychology - examine psychological characteristics that have been proposed as important determinants of success in sport, with a specific focus on mental toughness
  • Motor Learning and Control - investigate the processes that underpin skilled perception, decision making and movement execution in sports performers
  • Enhancing Physical Activity and Wellbeing  - contemporary research and theory relating to the adoption and maintenance of physical activity participation for health and wellbeing will be explored
  • Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology - using approaches such as role play, the presentation of case studies, and experiential learning, you will focus on the development of practitioner skills and competencies involved in the practice of sport and exercise psychology
  • Advanced Research Skills for Sport - you will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in psychology literature
  • Dissertation - you will conduct and communicate independent research in an area of your own interest

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

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.