MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (Online)
Develop a contemporary understanding and the innovative application of sport and exercise psychology, in a supportive online learning community. Network and engage in the profession regardless of where you are located in the world.
Extend your understanding and application of sport and exercise psychology in a focused and supportive online learning community.
The online version of our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course (British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited). This course has been designed for individuals who are seeking to become qualified sport and exercise psychologists, and for other graduates of courses that contain psychology/sport and exercise psychology.
This course is taught online only in a focused and supportive online learning community. As well as delivering a contemporary curriculum, the course facilitates the development of a network of fellow sport and exercise psychology-focused online learners.
You will have the opportunity to engage in remotely mentored applied practice experiences as well as existing AECC University College research projects. Our academic staff are expert researchers, practitioners, and are engaged internationally with the profession and organisations. As a result, we are able to provide opportunities for you to engage with the sport and exercise profession regardless of where you are located across the world. Our course staff currently supervise training sport and exercise psychologists located in different countries across the world.
- Become a qualified sport and exercise psychologist
- Become an evidence-based practitioner
What makes this course unique?
- Learn in an online environment offering flexibility with your lifestyle and location.
- Engage in remotely mentored applied practise, and/or existing AECC research projects.
- Learn under expert researchers and practitioners who are engaged with global organisations and the profession worldwide.
- Opportunity to network and engage with the profession no matter which part of the world you are working in.
How do I apply?
Applications for September 2023 entry will open in November 2022. To register your interest now or ask any questions about the course, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.
- Course title:
- Sport and Exercise Psychology (Online)
- 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
- Study mode:
- Online (September Entry)
PhD Psychol AFBPS HCPC FBASES FHEA – Head of School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology, Professor of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
Stewart is Head of School of Rehabilitation, Sport and Psychology at AECC, and a Professor of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. He is a HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist, and BASES accredited sport and Exercise Scientist, with over 15 years’ experience as a consultant psychologist across a wide range of professional/ amateur sports, as well as across a broad range of performance domains.
- Online, utilising AECC University College online platforms.
What you will learn on the course
- You will develop an understanding of contemporary sport and exercise psychology theory, practice and challenges
- This course will enable you to become an evidence-based practitioner, and an active problem-solver providing the best psychological solutions to the challenges you encounter.
- For students studying full-time you are looking at around 8 hours per week of self-paced learning. In addition, there will be an optional 2-hour workshop fortnightly on a Wednesday evening. For part-time study the workload will be half of that for full-time students.
How the course is taught
- Online learning delivery modes include: online seminars and workshops, self-paced learning tasks, (including video bites and quizzes) group forum activities, video tutorials, and the opportunity to engage in remote skill development.
- The course utilises a range of contemporary approaches to assessing learning, whilst also seeking to develop key applied skills and communication approaches. So alongside more traditional dissertation-style and essay assessments students will also write blogs, produce short videos, engage with social media, write consultancy reports, engage in role plays and debates.
Course Spec Download
- Need more info about, learning aims and outcomes, curriculum content, teaching methods and assessment, credits per unit? Take a look at our Course Specification to find out more.
In this unit you will explore a range of contemporary topics and issues relating to the field of sport and exercise psychology. In particular, these topics will be considered from a diverse range of perspectives. You will develop a critical awareness of the broad range of contemporary methods and approaches being applied in sport and exercise psychology. You will also explore contemporary approaches to psychological practice and associated frameworks of intervention and professional practice. Recent topics have included: mental health and wellbeing, doping, cyber psychology, positive psychology, athlete transitions, sex and gender, head injuries, and exercise dependence and addiction.
This unit will provide you with the opportunity to gain an advanced critical understanding of the psychological factors both influencing and determining performance across a range of performance domains. Building upon a strong theoretical foundation, you will explore a range of psychological skills and their application in a range of practical workshops and performance laboratory-based activities. Crucial factors impacting upon performance will also be explored including: decision-making, resilience, confidence, motor control, emotions, and performance under pressure.
Studying this unit you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of those psychological factors that determine the individuality of the client/patient. You will develop an understanding of contemporary counselling theory, and crucially spend time developing your practical counselling and communication skills in on campus workshops. This process will also allow you to develop greater self-awareness of your interpersonal interaction strengths and areas for development.
This unit will enable you to develop an understanding of mental health and mental ill-health. In particular, the unit will enable you to develop an understanding of common mental health challenges faced and consider some of the specific challenges that are more prevalent in specific populations. You will also explore key symptoms relating to a range of conditions, and crucially develop an understanding of specific interventions and referral options whilst also reflecting on the boundaries of your own professional competence relating to client mental health challenges.
In this unit you will have the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the psychological factors both influencing and determining an individual’s response to injury, rehabilitation, and recovery, as well as exploring the psychology of pain. Building on a strong conceptual foundation, you will explore a range of psychologically focused interventions and their application across the full rehabilitation journey through to return to performance.
There will be a particular focus on the psychological support required through rehabilitation and recovery and crucially to ensure psychological readiness once the physical healing process is complete.
This unit will provide you with the opportunity to gain an advanced knowledge of psychological, biological and physiological factors underpinning visual perception and action. Building upon a foundation of perception, action, and decision-making theoretical knowledge, you will learn how to identify underlying visual issues with athletes as well as ways to integrate sports vision training into other coaching practices. The unit will also consider other ways in which vision can impact on the athlete such as the links with concussion and rehabilitation. You will have the opportunity to learn screening methods and design training programmes appropriate to a range of athletes from different sports.
In this unit you will critically examine a range of psychological issues relating to the exercise and physical activity domains. The unit will enable you to consider a range of contemporary behavioural and psychological theories within the context of exercise and physical activity. You will also explore the psychological benefits of engaging in physical activity. Finally, you will critically appraise specific intervention programmes and initiatives used to promote physical activity and exercise across different populations and settings.
The unit will provide you with the opportunity to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of working effectively with individuals and groups within your chosen sport, exercise or research domain. You will have the opportunity to evaluate and apply the underpinning theoretical knowledge, ethical practices, and practical skills within your chosen sport, exercise, or research setting. You will be responsible for identifying your own applied practice experiences, and all experiences will need to be approved by the unit leader.
This unit will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and independent empirical study in a topic of interest related to sport and exercise psychology. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate originality in the development and application of knowledge and research skills. A research proposal will initially be produced that will outline the chosen focus for the research and the specific method/methodology to be adopted. The final research submission will be in the form of a research journal article.
This unit will develop your understanding of the principles and techniques of research methods typically used in the analysis of research. After exploring the philosophical underpinnings of research strategies, you will explore research design and data collection strategies through the contextualisation of the ‘research process’. The detailed tools of both qualitative and quantitative design and data analysis will be explored and applied to the types of data typically collected. You will also explore more advanced methodologies and analysis techniques. You will consider research ethics and ethical challenges facing the postgraduate researcher.
This unit will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth systematic review of current knowledge and understanding in a particular subject of interest. You will, in negotiation with the unit leader, agree a programme of work for the completion of the review. In terms of the approach, you will be required to adopt a systematic approach to the review of literature and to be able to comprehensively summarise current understanding in your chosen field.
What qualifications do I need?
Normally a first or second-class (2:1 or 2:2) Honours degree (or equivalent) or professional experience in the area of study.
Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. You'll need a minimum IELTS (academic) overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each section.
For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page. As this is an online course you can study from your home country.
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£7,826. These are the fees for the full MSc (180 credits)
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