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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
You'll be taught using a range of methods, including:
- small group work
- case studies
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Observation of professional practice
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- PC examination
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Research paper
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The course is located within the School of Psychology, part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. We take great pride in the quality of our teaching and you'll benefit from being taught by staff who have a wide range of expertise. Areas include:
- the application of clinically-related psychological techniques
- strategies to enhance sporting performance
- well-being in both athletes and non-athletes
In the School of Psychology, we focus on the scientific and experimental study of mind and behaviour. Our main aim is to provide excellent, global education to our postgraduate students.
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
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
Our MSc also provides a route into sport and exercise psychology at PhD level.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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