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Deepen your knowledge of psychology within sport and exercise contexts

1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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Gain an advanced understanding of psychology in both sport performance and exercise for health and wellbeing

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course provides you with an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge of the discipline and to increase your skills in applying such knowledge in the contexts of sport performance and exercise for health and wellbeing.

For graduates wishing to pursue a career as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council there are currently two routeways; British Psychological Society (BPS), and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

The course is accredited by BPS as a recognised Stage 1 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology, thereby enabling graduates to enter the BPS Stage 2 training routeway.

The course is also accredited through the BASES Postgraduate Endorsement Scheme. This endorsement enables graduates to enter the BASES SEPAR training routeway.

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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.

The Course

Study the principles and application of psychology within sport and exercise

Throughout you course, you will study six taught modules, five discipline modules and one in research methods and statistics. In addition, students will complete a research dissertation.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Advanced Applied Research Skills

You will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in psychology literature.

Advanced Performance Psychology

This modules examines psychological characteristics that have been proposed as important determinants of success in sport with specific focus on mental toughness.

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.

Enhancing Physical Activity Participation and Wellbeing

This module deepens your knowledge of health behaviour change in the context of exercise and physical activity.

You will explore aspects of physical activity behaviour change that enable positive psychological and physical well-being outcomes for individuals.

You will also explore key concepts of self-concept, motivation, and behaviour change, whilst appreciating the range of psychosocial barriers and facilitators that can result in positive or maladaptive affective responses, cognitions, and behaviours.

Professional Practice in Sport & Exercise Psychology

Effective practice in sport and exercise psychology relies on the appropriate application of psychological knowledge to assess and understand human behaviour, and intervene to change behaviour. However, it also is contingent on the creation of a good working relationship between practitioner and client. Foremost in this is that the practitioner possesses key skills and qualities, and has an awareness of a range of ethical and practical issues related to the practitioner-client relationship, and the context in which practice takes place. This module, therefore, aims to develop the your understanding of the practice process and ‘effective practice’, and of a range of ethical and practice issues that might impact on this. It also aims to begin to develop some of the requisite practice skills and competencies for working as an applied sport and exercise psychologist.

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).

The Research Dissertation

This module is the culmination of previous learning and is the major element of your independent enquiry on your programme.  The module requires that you reflect on, and utilise the knowledge base, context, and application of taught modules, as well as placement experiences. It is designed to encourage you to generate and explore your own ‘problem’ assisted by supervision from a tutor.


Discover a wide range of excellent sporting facilities that support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


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 several modules there is also a practical element to gain experience developing the skills needed for applied practice.

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

Students undertake three taught modules in the autumn semester (September to December) and three in the 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 Jenny Smith to discuss the options.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, portfolios, lab reports, role play, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology, you need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment, or equivalent.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Psychology, you need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment, or equivalent.
  • To gain an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, you need to complete six modules, and a Research Dissertation.


Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment within the sport, health and wellbeing industries

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

Typical careers include:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • PhD research and academia
  • PE teaching
  • Coaching
  • Health and Wellbeing eConsultant
  • Local Council Wellbeing Team member
  • Charity sector roles

Student View

"Something that I simply cannot recommend enough"

We welcome students from a range of backgrounds, from those directly continuing from their undergraduate studies to those who are returning to academia after setting out on their own careers.

Hear what our students have to say about this course and how it has helped them find their future career or develop the one they currently have.


MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate
"Following the completion of my MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2019at 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 second 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."


MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate
“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 mMasters 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 Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.
International fee

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview (this can be online and face-to-face).

If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification


If you have any questions about this course, please contact Acting Programme Coordinator Dr Jenny Smith, either via jenny.smith@chi.ac.uk or 01243 793487.

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