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Psychology of Sport & Exercise
Postgraduate course
MSc

Psychology of Sport & Exercise

Overview

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 & Exercise Psychologist.

You will learn how to conduct initial assessments of clients, how to maintain professional boundaries and how to analyse data sets as you develop a systematic, evidence-informed and ethical approach to your work.

To support your career goals, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with a range of clients, from recreational to elite performers, across a variety of sporting pursuits. This hands-on approach will aid your professional development and understanding 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.
Our course makes you eligible for stage 2 of the qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology and after completing BPS Stage 1 and Stage 2 qualifications you will be able to use the titles of Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Registered Psychologist or Practitioner Psychologist. Members of our highly experienced team are qualified to provide BPS Stage 2 supervision.

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.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Sport & Exercise Science, Physical Sciences, Physical Activity, Health Sciences, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Physical Education or Medicine, a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our 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.

Requirements:Applicants should either have a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Sport & Exercise Science, Physical Sciences, Physical Activity, Health Sciences, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Physical Education or Medicine, a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
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Careers

Laura Carey

Careers

Laura Carey
Network Performance Psychologist sportscotland institute of sport

MSc Sport & Exercise Science

“I help athletes and coaches prepare for and perform at competitions. The theory combined with the practical experience I gained on my placement with a Sport Psychologist from the English Institute of Sport and the Leeds City Diving Team, helped me develop the skills required to support athletes, teams and coaches.

Modules & learning

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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.

Professor Susan Backhouse
Professor Sue Backhouse
Director of Research
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.
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.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Headingley Campus

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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