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 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 9 months, MSc part-time: 17 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Accreditations

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society accreditation logo for Sport Exercise Psychology    

Overview

 

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).

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

Last updated: 5 March 2020

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

Earn an accredited Masters in sports psychology from Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Sports University of the Year 2020. 

The course includes five modules and a dissertation project. You’ll need to complete them all to earn your Masters degree, although you can also graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate by completing limited elements of the course.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, tutorials, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and the University’s virtual learning environment. Individual tutorials are also available for providing feedback and for supervision of your research project.

Assessment

Assessment involves a mixture of coursework and presentations, and will vary according to the context of each module.

Classroom hours

For the full time course, in the first semester there will be taught classes most days, with some face to face teaching each week. In the second semester there will be some face to face teaching each week as well as individual weekly tutorials.

Course director

Dr John Mathers

+44 (0)1786 466496

j.f.mathers@stir.ac.uk

Dr John Mathers is a BASES Accredited Sport Psychologist, BPS Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He has provided sport psychology support to numerous elite athletes, various National Governing Bodies of sport and members of the University’s International Sport Scholarship programme for over 20 years.

Key staff

Dr Pete Coffee has worked with sports performers and teams as a researcher and consultant. Pete is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The course is also serviced by BPS Chartered Psychologists Dr Robert Morris, and Chris Hartley, and includes contributions from international staff who bring a breadth of experience to the MSc.

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Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£9,350£9,850
Students from the Republic of Ireland£9,350£9,850
Overseas (non-EU) students£20,845£21,345
European Union students£20,845£21,345

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

The course satisfies BPS Stage 1 training and enables progression onto BPS Stage 2 on route to becoming a sport and exercise psychologist. 

This course gives students a strong foundation for a career in psychology. It focuses on the field of sport and exercise psychology, but we expect graduates to choose a broad range of careers. You may go on to various sport and health roles, or to positions in the science industry, the civil service or government. Some of our students go onto study for a PhD.

  • Stand out with a British Psychological Society accredited Masters degree
  • Take advantage of our connections to sports bodies and industry networks
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17)

Testimonial quotes

I feel a lot more competent now when I talk about sports psychology. I feel a lot more competent in my writing, and I feel a lot more competent in approaching people and networking.

Simon Taylor
MSc Psychology of Sport

What our students said

Dongliang Li
China
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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