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5417f - Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

Start in: September 2021

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to advance in Sport and Exercise Psychology. You'll learn to improve performance and wellbeing in individual and team-based sports


Sport and exercise psychologists work with athletes, either as individuals or as teams. They develop strategies that improve performance. We will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to develop better performance in individual and team-based sports.

Newcastle University is the first Russell Group University to develop an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. We have expert academics and clinical staff from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

You'll develop your understanding of psychology in a sport and exercise context. This includes the theory, evidence and practice. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become a reflective practitioner. We'll prepare you for further professional training. This is a route towards eligibility to practice as a sport and exercise psychologist.

Students will prepare for:

  • careers in sport and exercise psychology
  • higher research-related degrees (for example a PhD)


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What you'll learn

During the course, you will learn how to:

• apply and evaluate psychological theory, strategy and techniques to facilitate performance enhancement and behaviour change
• critically evaluate psychological research evidence in sports and exercise
• use a range of quantitative and qualitative skills as well as use advanced statistical and analytical methods
• assess and devise appropriate interventions for performance enhancement
• apply appropriate psychological skills and counselling techniques


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Transferrable skills

You will achieve a 'psychological literacy', leading to a range of successful careers and further study. You’ll develop a diverse set of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • experience of working with athletes in a real-life environment
  • the ability to use advanced statistical packages
  • planning, managing and implementing tasks at a professional level
  • formulating hypotheses and applying research skills to create new knowledge
  • communicating effectively and confidently in both verbal and written formats
  • collaborating effectively in academic and non-academic environments

Your future

Career development

The course is for graduates who are looking to develop a career as a:

  • sport and exercise Psychologist
  • performance psychologist
  • sport and exercise scientist
  • sports director
  • sports coach
  • academic researcher

Further Study

Our MSc also provides a route into sport and exercise psychology at PhD level.

Networking opportunities

As part of your professional development as a sport and exercise psychologist, you will have the opportunity to meet with external agencies and guest lecturers. These provide real-world examples and networking opportunities.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The Dame Margaret Barbour Building is the new home for the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. This bespoke facility is the newest addition to the Faculty of Medical Sciences and offers psychology facilities such as:

  • forensic interviewing suite
  • nutrition and food preference unit
  • media and behaviour lab
  • medical consultation rooms
  • psychological testing cubicles

In addition to this, we've invested £32m in state-of-the-art teaching facilities for sport and exercise, including:

  • psychological testing cubicles
  • exercise physiology lab
  • biomechanics lab
  • gait track
  • high-performance lab
  • nutrition kitchen
  • blood preparation and analysis lab
  • an environmental chamber that enables the simulation of altitude, temperature and humidity


Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

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Open days

The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

Find out about upcoming postgraduate open days


We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Questions about this course?

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School of Psychology


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