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MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

Extend your contemporary understanding and application of sport and exercise psychology in a dynamic and supportive environment.

Course overview

Contemporary psychological solutions for 21st Century sport and performance-related challenges

This flexible 1-year Master's degree is aimed at those looking to become qualified sport and exercise psychologists, or those looking to enhance their knowledge of contemporary psychology applied to sport and exercise contexts.

Study in small supportive classes and develop under our specialist academic staff. Our team of researchers and practitioners are experts in their fields and are incredibly well connected with global organisations and the profession worldwide.

Our contemporary curriculum features unique units in mental health, applied practise experience, sports vision and many more each taught by specialists in their fields.

This course does a brilliant job of preparing students for careers after graduation. If you have career aspirations of working as a sport and exercise psychologist, or further developing your sport and exercise psychology knowledge and expertise, then this course could be for you.

Why study Sport and Exercise Psychology at AECC UC?

  • Contemporary curriculum with unique units in sports vision, performance psychology, mental health, counselling skills, applied practise experience and others.

  • Be supported in your future career aspirations by expert researchers and practitioners who are engaged with global organisations and the profession worldwide

  • Small and close-knit classes allowing for intimate personal development with tutors and fellow students

  • With on-campus learning scheduled for one day a week, our flexible structure allows you to fit remaining elements of the course alongside your lifestyle and other responsibilities
  • State-of-the-art sports performance centre: Our onsite clinical facilities receive patients with a variety of health and performance needs. Throughout their time at AECC students may have opportunities to gain real-world experiences shadowing and observing our patients.

  • This course is also offered online delivery only, making it ideal for international students, those who need to learn from distance, or just seeking the most flexible study route. See the online version of this course

Key Information

Course title:
Sport and Exercise Psychology
1 year full-time
Study mode:
Full-time (September Entry)
Typical offer:
2:2 degree in a relevant subject
British Psychological Society (BPS)
AECC University College

Course leader

Course Leader Image

Stewart Cotterill

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.

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Course details

Course location

  • School of Rehabilitation, Sport & Psychology, Parkwood Campus.

What will you learn on the course?

  • This course will enable you to become an evidence-based practitioner capable of providing 21st century psychological solutions to challenges experienced in sport, exercise and performance. You will gain key skills through a variety of practical, analytical, theoretical, and real-world scenarios under the guidance of our expert lecturers and tutors.
  • Our contemporary curriculum includes units on mental health, sports vision, and more. Check out the unit breakdown below for more details.

How is the course taught?

  • This is a fast-paced intensive course but our small close-knit classes mean you will be supported throughout your learning and build strong relationships from day one.
  • Our academic team is made up of researchers and practitioners, experts in their respective fields and each engaged internationally with the profession and organisations. We pull from expertise around the university to deliver an interdisciplinary approach to sport and exercise psychology

Flexible Study

  • So that you can fit your studies alongside other commitments, you are only required to be on campus 1 day a week. This will be a dynamic day of lectures, practical’s and other sessions as we move through the modules of the course. For the remainder of the week you will be required to conduct your own learning via reading, assessments, using the online virtual learning resources.

State of the art clinical facilities

  • Observe real-world sport and exercise psychology scenarios in practice through our on-site Sport Performance Centre. Our on-site clinical facilities receive over 1000 patients on average a year allowing you the opportunity to gain unique real-world experiences throughout your programme.


What can you do with a degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology?

  • Graduates can go on to a broad range of careers including working specifically in sport and exercise settings, becoming fully qualified Sport and Exercise Psychologists, working in performance lifestyle, working in mental health and well-being, or going onto further study such as doing PHD's or professional doctorates. Graduate can also apply the skills that they've got from the course in business and coaching settings.

 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

Student Case Study

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

Andy Thomson is currently studying on the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course. He says: “I chose the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology course because of the opportunities that it gives you. “All the classes so far have been absolutely tremendous and the online resources are second-to-none. The communication side of things has been great too.”

He tells us more about studying long-distance from his home in Scotland, why he’s enjoying the course, and where he hopes his Masters will take him: Read Andy’s student story.

Unit breakdown

“What goes on in the brain affects everything else that the body does physically, so it’s really vital that Psychology underpins our courses and how we think about health.”

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do I need?

Normally a first or second-class (2:1 or 2:2) Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study.

If you’re not sure about anything listed here, talk to our Admissions team on the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

How do I apply?

Applications for MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology are now open, please follow the link below to our online application system.

Applications close end of summer 2023

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International Students

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. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and immigration page.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see our latest policies

Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course are per annum and are shown below.

Home/ROI/Channel Islands

£8,209. These are the fees for the full MSc (180 credits)


£15,639. These are the fees for the full MSc (180 credits)

International students will be required to pay a non-refundable £1,000 tuition fee deposit to secure their place on the course. These deposits will need to be paid by August 31st 2023 and more details will be provided in your offer email. Further details about how to make this payment can be found on our Fees and Funding Information page.

Information on additional costs associated with this course can be found on our additional costs page.

Please note that these fees are for the 2023-24 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register and search for our name.

Our tuition fees policy can be found here on our latest policies page.

Should you have any questions on course fees please see our Fees and Payment Information page or contact our admissions team on the form below.



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