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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)

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 9 months, MSc part-time: 21 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Accreditations Accredited by the British Psychological Society

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 appropriate investigation
    • 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 help to facilitate research projects, work experience and guest lectures. Our campus is also home to the National Tennis Centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a golf course and a host of other five-star facilities. 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 accreditations

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

  • 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

    1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for good sports facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017).

  • Research

    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).

  • 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 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 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) 60 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    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.

Earn an accredited Masters in sports psychology from Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

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.


The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

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

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.











    Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology



    Research Methods for Sport





    Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise



  • Course director

    Dr John Mathers

    +44 (0)1786 466496

    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.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

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

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    EU 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

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

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.
Dongliang Li
MSc Psychology of Sport
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Meredith Schertzinger
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.
Meredith Schertzinger
MSc Psychology of Sport
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