About the Psychology of Sport & Exercise Postgraduate course
Accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and endorsed by the Health & Care Professions Council, this course focuses on the study of psychology within a range of sport and exercise settings, providing an essential stepping-stone to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist.
You will learn about complex issues such as the initial assessment of prospective clients, maintaining professional boundaries and analysing data sets, as well as developing a systematic, evidence informed and ethical approach to your work. To support your career goals, we will offer the opportunity to gain work experience with clients across a range of sporting pursuits, from recreational to elite performance. Gaining hands-on professional development will enhance your communication skills and will provide direct experience of ethical and evidence-informed practice.
SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
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Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
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MODULES & LEARNING
Examine the broad range of cutting-edge issues and trends that appear within contemporary sport psychology literature, as you gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the sporting environment.
Study the effects of exercise on behaviour and mental health. You will consider both the positive and negative results of exercise, exploring the its beneficial impact on well-being and cognitive function, as well as the negative implications of exercise dependence.
Learn the core skills you will need to be a successful sports psychologist. You will have the opportunity to apply the techniques you've studied and explore traditional and modern approaches to psychology consultancy.
Analyse the research that reveals how sport and exercise psychology has been investigated at different stages of the lifespan. Topics may include expertise, learning, cognitive development and decline.
Engage in a range of applied activities to prepare you for your future career as a sport or exercise psychologist.
Focus on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.
Complete a research project of your own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.
The University is recognised as a leader in the field of Sport and Exercise Science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in Sport-Related Studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2008 in which we were ranked 6th nationally in terms of quality and 3rd when accounting for both quality and quantity of staff submitted. Much of our outstanding Sport & Exercise Science research pervades our taught MSc modules providing the opportunity for those working or intending to work in the field of sport & exercise psychology to upgrade their academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.
Professor Sue Backhouse Professor Sue BackhouseProfessor
Our distinctive course offers you the opportunity to engage in applied experience under supervision, enriching your experience and allowing you to put theory into practice as a sport and exercise psychologist.A registered sports psychologist, Susan joined our University in 2003 after completing her PhD at Loughborough University. She is an active researcher within the Carnegie faculty, focusing her interest on anti-doping policy and practice. Recently, Susan has collaborated with colleagues in the UK, Australia, Greece and the US to develop a number of projects spanning the social sciences of doping in sport.
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An amazing place to spend your days
Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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Leeds lies at the heart of the UK with excellent transport links to most major cities. It was also voted best UK University Destination and is home to 200,000 students.
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