My main reason for choosing to study at Brunel was the excellent reputation of the sport science courses and it is one of the top ranked universities for this subject area. In addition, the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology was the only course in London that was BPS accredited, and this was important for me as I wanted to complete the BPS Stage two training to become a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
The teaching team has extensive expertise in research and consultancy which meant that each module had a strong emphasis on the application of theory and research to professional practice, and I benefited from their different experiences. I liked that they adopted a creative and flexible approach to their teaching and assessment designed to engage you and get the most out of the modules, whilst making the learning environment collaborative and enjoyable. The level of support from the lecturers was excellent and they were always available to see you and provide guidance to help with assignments and your research project.
My favourite module was Psychological Skills for Practitioners as it not only provided the theoretical knowledge that underpins performance but also the fundamental assessments, skills and techniques that practitioners use. This module was invaluable in helping me to understand the importance of ethical and professional practice, how to develop rapport and build relationships with clients and for enhancing my self-awareness and personal skills.
I am currently completing my BPS Stage two training and I believe that this course has been immensely beneficial in providing the necessary foundation to prepare me for this experience and in shaping my development as a trainee sport and exercise psychologist. Through the lecturers’ consultancy links, I have been able to secure placements working with professional football club academies, the British Junior Real Tennis Academy and the English Table Tennis Association. I would highly recommend this course and Brunel as a place of study.