Sport and Exercise Psychology is a relatively new field of applied psychology, which is rapidly growing and evolving. Increased media interest in both elite performance and physical activity has drawn attention to the need to truly understand how and why people engage in sport and physical activity.
As such there is an increasing demand for psychologists who have expertise in sport and exercise. In performance sport, most National Governing Bodies now recognise sports science support as an important part of training and competition and many now employ sports psychologists to assist in the mental training of their athletes for World Class competition. Similarly, in the exercise domain many primary care trusts are now appointing exercise specialists with expertise in psychology to work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion. Now that physical activity has become part of the NHS national service framework, the demand for exercise specialists is set to increase.
Postgraduate study in sport and exercise psychology provides an opportunity to specialise in an exciting and developing branch of sport and exercise science. The programme allows students to study pertinent modules in the areas of performance, from recreational to elite levels, as well as exercise, physical activity and health, thus providing students with a diversity of career options.
Year 1 Modules
PY0109 Counselling (, 10 Credits)
PY0112 M.Sc Thesis (Full-time) (, 60 Credits)
PY0709 Exercise Psychology (, 20 Credits)
PY0710 Motor Processes in Sport (, 10 Credits)
PY0711 Psychological Skills for Sport Performance (, 30 Credits)
PY0712 Social Processes in Sport (, 10 Credits)
PY0714 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (, 20 Credits)
PY0717 Professional Skills (, 20 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
Teaching will comprise lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals and presentations. Assessment can take the form of examinations, written assessments, practical reports, portfolios, oral presentations and presentation logs.
The programme is currently undergoing the BPS approval process to become a recognised training route for status as a chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.