BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Sport and Exercise Psychology

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

This course focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain.

The course is aimed at students who hold or plan to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioners.

Programme description

This course focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain.

The course is aimed at students who hold or plan to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, either as researchers or Health and Care Professions Council registered practitioners.

Key Modules

Highly relevant curriculum: The course content aligns with the BPS regulations and capitalises on the extensive research and consultancy expertise of the teaching team.

Teaching excellence: The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences enjoy a prominent position within the University, building upon traditions that stem from Borough Road College – the oldest teacher-training college in the British Commonwealth. We have a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and an impressive record of research and publication which consistently attracts high-calibre students, including high level sportsmen and sportswomen who successfully combine study with training and competition.

Prestigious placements: Many of our graduates have secured outstanding work-experience placements after completing their course, including work with Fulham FC, Southampton FC, Wycombe Wanderers FC, Sutton Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Board, the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, and Chelsea FC Academy.

Quality sports facilities: Brunel University offers state-of the-art indoor and outdoor sports facilities including an international standard 400 metre, 6-lane track with full field event facilities and a Sports Hall housing an climbing wall and pump room – rated in the top 10 in the country by the British Mountaineering Council.

Module & Subject

Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports Performance primarily focuses on attentional processes relating to skill learning and expertise. The first half of the module considers current research on topics such as 'choking', direction of attention, and implicit motor learning. We then examine topics around perceptual expertise, including anticipation skill, perceptual training and deliberate practice. Throughout the module, we explore the applied implications of this work for performers and practitioners.

Social Processes in Exercise and Sport
applies the theoretical knowledge of social processes and group dynamics to sport and exercise environments. It increases your awareness and expertise in the areas of leadership and coach-athlete relationships, group cohesion and motivation, and the home advantage phenomenon. The module is designed to be relevant to those aspiring to become applied sport psychologists or sport/exercise scientists. The module content is particularly relevant if you intend to work with sport or exercise groups. It is common practice for the best work from this module to be presented as poster presentations at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Conference, the BASES Student Conference, or the British Psychological Society Conference.

Psychological Skills for Practitioners enables you to develop an understanding of key psychological theories that underpin performance and also to develop critical evaluation of current research. The module helps you to apply an effective programme of psychological skills and develop independent thinking.

Individual Differences in Sport & Exercise enables you to synthesise your knowledge of recent developments in individual differences theory and research; develop your ability to critically appraise and evaluate sport psychology literature; be able to synthesize a large and disparate literature; produce a scientific report in APA format; demonstrate your oral presentation skills in a supportive environment.

Research Methods and Data Analysis enables you to acquire the necessary skills to undertake a piece of research; develop competence in the range of quantitative and qualitative research methods available; critically assess the appropriateness of any research method in relation to a research question; effectively search for and utilise a variety of research sources; critically analyse personal research ideas; develop a critical appreciation of principles and techniques involved in analysing quantitative and qualitative data; apply statistical techniques using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); analyse qualitative data, including the use of software; undertake your MSc dissertation appropriately.

MSc Dissertation where you select an appropriate topic of study that is approved by your supervisor. These topics normally span the research interests of department staff.

Optional Modules

Professional Development enables you to develop areas/skills to enhance your professional development in the future. It allows you to engage in a work-based study. The topic area is agreed with the module leader and an appropriate supervisor. You negotiate and agree a learning contract and the procedures and assessment to be undertaken. The topic chosen must be different from the topic of the dissertation.

Performance Lifestyle focuses on high achieving athletes and those tasked to care for them as they strive to create an environment that facilitates success while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. The module has been endorsed by UK Sport and the content reflects the Performance Lifestyle support available to athletes through advisors at the English Institute of Sport. The module provides students with an opportunity to consider the performing athlete in a broader sense.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER