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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

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course provides you with the opportunity to extend your understanding and application of sport and exercise psychology in a dynamic and supportive environment.

This course draws on the research and applied practice strengths of the sport and exercise psychology team, to provide you with a course that supports your career aspirations of working as a sport and exercise psychologist, or further developing your sport and exercise psychology knowledge and expertise.

The course will enable you to become an evidence-based practitioner who is an active problem-solver, providing the best psychological solutions to the challenges you encounter. The MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course has been designed for both individuals who are seeking to become qualified sport and exercise psychologists, and for other graduates of other courses, which contain psychology/sport and exercise psychology.

As well as delivering a contemporary curriculum, the course offers the opportunity to gain applied experience and see sport and exercise psychology in action through our on-site Sport Performance Centre. Our academic staff are expert researchers, practitioners, and are engaged internationally with the profession and organisations. Our on-site clinical facilities allow you the opportunity to observe sport and exercise psychology in practice.

How do I apply?

Applications for the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course are now open, please follow the link below to our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference.

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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
AECC University College

Course leader

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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 Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, Parkwood Campus

Why study for a MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at AECC University College?

We offer an innovative curriculum designed to meet the needs of aspiring practitioner sport and exercise psychologists, researchers and psychologically informed professionals. AECC University College has a strong sport and exercise psychology provision across undergraduate and postgraduate levels with staff who are expert researchers, practitioners, and engaged internationally with the profession and organisations of sport and exercise psychology. We also deliver on-site services through our Sport and Performance Psychology service and the new Physical Activity Referral Centre, both offering fantastic opportunities for our students to see sport and exercise psychology in practice.

Structure of study with key unit highlights.

We utilise a diverse range of delivery approaches to maximise learning in individual units. Delivery modes include: seminars, workshops, practice sessions, placement opportunities peer and expert observations, online learning and laboratory sessions.


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 and essay assessments students will also write blogs, produce short videos, engage with social media, write consultancy reports, engage in role plays and debates.

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.

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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 here.

Unit breakdown

‘the course is designed to develop the awareness and application of contemporary psychological expertise in sport, exercise and performance settings’

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.

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 here: Visas and immigration.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here.

Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology course 2022 entry are per annum and are shown below.

Home/ROI/Channel Islands

£7,826. These are the fees for the full MSc (180 credits)


£14,908. 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 2022 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 here.


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 contact our admissions team on the form below.



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