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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) MSc

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Mode of study

1-year full-time; 2.5-years part-time

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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) MSc


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

About the course

The course runs in parallel with our British Psychological Society (BPS) – accredited Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc. The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology) MSc focuses on the application of psychology in the sport and exercise domain.

The course is aimed at students with a background in sport sciences who wish to specialise in sport and exercise psychology, potentially pursuing a career either in research or as a sport scientist accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

It includes the module ‘Physical Activity and Health’ in which contemporary issues such as obesity and injury rehabilitation are examined from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective.


  • You will be provided with a coherent programme of study that prepares you for training to become accredited through BASES.
  • You will extend your knowledge and understanding in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
  • You will encounter a range of learning experiences designed to enhance critical analysis and independence of thought.
  • You will be given grounding in research methods and data analysis that prepares you for higher research-related degrees (e.g. PhD).


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Course Content

Compulsory Modules

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.

Physical Activity and Health investigates contemporary issues related to physical activity and health from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the biomechanical, psychological and physiological effects of ageing, multi-disciplinary considerations associated with injury, obesity, and cardiac health.

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 their supervisor. These topics normally span the research interests of department staff.

Optional Modules

Individual Differences in Sport and 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.

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.

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • 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.
  • The modules and content of our MSc Sport Sciences (Sport Psychology) course were re-designed to align with the criteria set out by the BPS’ Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • The course capitalises on the extensive research and consultancy expertise within the sport and exercise psychology teaching team. We currently have three staff members who are BPS-Chartered Psychologists registered as consultants with the Health Professions Council and have excellent consultancy links within football and tennis.
  • Many of our graduates have secured work-experience placements after completing their course and we are looking to further develop these opportunities. For example, recent graduates from our sport psychology courses have worked with: Fulham FC, Southampton FC, Wickham Wonderers FC, Sutton Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Board, IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
  • We have some of the best sports facilities in the UK which include an indoor and outdoor sports and fitness complex. For more information visit Brunel University Sport.

Teaching and Assessment


Your academic performance will be assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment procedures include essays, case studies, oral presentations, poster presentations, laboratory report writing and computer-based tests. Formal written examinations constitute part of the assessment in some modules.

In addition, you will need to submit, and pass, a research dissertation.

Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £8,500 full-time; £4,250 part-time

International students: £17,500 full-time; £8,750 part-time

Additional course related costs

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • The normal entry requirement is at least a UK second class (2.2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Sport Sciences; Psychology or a related discipline.
  • This includes graduates who have completed a joint course with Sport Sciences or Psychology as one of their subjects as well as single honours Sports Sciences or Psychology graduates.
  • Applicants may be required to attend a telephone interview.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.