MSc Psychology of Sport (Accredited)

Study with us and gain a Masters in sports psychology, the only one of its kind in Scotland with an accreditation from the British Psychological Society.

Psychology of Sport (Accredited)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 9 months, MSc part-time: 17 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules


Accredited by the British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society accreditation logo for Sport Exercise Psychology  
Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence  


We offer the only sports psychology Masters in Scotland that’s accredited by the British Psychological Society. Our interdisciplinary course is designed to meet the current needs of this growing industry and prepare you for a range of rewarding jobs.

You’ll develop a critical understanding of contemporary sports psychology theory and research that you can draw on to facilitate better performances by individuals and teams. You’ll graduate with a broad knowledge of the field, as well as clear insights into the areas that interest you most. You’ll also benefit from the presence of elite-level athletes and sports agencies based right here on the University campus.

Our expert teaching staff includes Chartered Psychologists, registered Sport and Exercise Psychologists and practitioners and supervisors accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. All of their knowledge and research has been incorporated into this Masters course, so you can be confident you’ll leave Stirling with the best possible preparation for a career in sports psychology.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to ensure you can:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories in sports psychology, including a broad knowledge of psychological skills, strategies and techniques to facilitate performance enhancement within individuals and teams
  • apply a variety of assessment methods in order to develop comprehensive profiles for performance enhancement work
  • identify areas of practice that could benefit from research and design
  • conduct and evaluate an investigation in sport or exercise psychology
  • develop and utilise quantitative and qualitative research skills

An unrivalled environment

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we’re closely aligned with many sports bodies and have links with a growing number of organisations who can the National Swimming Academy, the GB National Tennis Academy and Triathlon Scotland. As you study for your Psychology of Sport Masters, you’ll also have a chance to develop your experience by working with some of the elite athletes who make use of these facilities.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It meets the requirements of BPS Stage 1 training and enables progression onto Stage 2 on route to becoming a sport and exercise psychologist.

Work placements

Students will engage with a client group in module SPSP061 (Public Engagement in Sport Psychology) from the early part of the course and be given an opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding to a specific client group within a sport setting - students will have an opportunity to help coaches, athletes and teams to achieve their specific goals.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Faculty facilities

The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and we recently invested £20 million in our outstanding sports facilities. We’re consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK for our sports facilities, making Stirling the perfect destination to study sport or the science behind it.

Research overview

The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences was ranked 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

What our students said

Dongliang Li
MSc Psychology of Sport
Studying here at Stirling, and also this course, will definitely help me with my future career because I have acquired all the knowledge about how to be a sports psychologist.
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Meredith Schertzinger
Meredith Schertzinger
MSc Psychology of Sport
Working with world-class athletes, alongside the mentoring of my professors, was the optimal environment to apply learned theory for the first time. With this experience, I now feel prepared and confident continuing my work with athletes following graduation.
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