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Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

Learn about the course below
September 2023
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,600 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Hannah Newman

Sports and Exercise Psychology is a profession growing across sports and exercise settings. When addressing issues such as enhancing the performance of a premier league football team or tackling the obesity crisis in the UK, organisations are increasingly turning to sports and exercise psychology professionals to improve performance and well-being.

Why study MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology at Middlesex University?

This BASES accredited degree will prepare you for working with sporting teams or individual athletes as you develop the skills and knowledge required to support their well-being and performance. You will learn to base your practice on your own and others' research as well as through learning applied skills and underpinning theory.

Most of our academics are active sports professionals involved in sport and exercise consultancy, active in current research, and working with professional athletes and clubs. We maintain strong links with the industry to ensure current professional practice informs your studies. Our excellent placement and practical learning opportunities will support your application of knowledge and development of skills.

Course highlights

  • Based in London, at our state-of-the-art facilities in StoneX stadium, we are surrounded by the greatest density of top sports clubs and organisations in the UK and have strong links with many sporting organisations
  • You will be actively encouraged to publish your dissertation through peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • This course is accredited by BASES, positioning students for application to the BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) upon graduation
  • Small class sizes allow you to receive the personal attention required to thrive in your studies

Badge of endorsement from BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences)

Study at our world-class facilities: The London Sports Institute

What will you study on MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology?

This programme has been developed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to further your career into sport and exercise related fields. It's been designed in line with BASES guidelines for MSc study, allowing you to progress on to a supervised experience route upon graduation. This course is BASES accredited (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences).

The modules aim to demonstrate key topics within sport and exercise populations, performance and well-being and will give you an overall understanding of psychological issues, contemporary theme’s, current policy and research lead interventions relating to athletes and coaches. You will also gain the knowledge and applied techniques that can be utilised to enhance human performance form a psychological perspective.

What will you gain?

You will develop your ability to independently critique bodies of research and integrate key theories into your professional practice. There will be extensive opportunities for you to develop and refine your applied skills, such as needs analysis and intervention delivery through teaching and learning, and reflective practice.


  • Modules

    • Understanding People and Interaction in Sport and Exercise (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give you advanced knowledge of the key psychological constructs related to individual differences and group phenomena. You will develop a critical understanding of concepts such as personality, resilience, motivation, appraise the body of research within each area, and develop applied considerations when working in sport and exercise contexts.

    • Wellbeing in Sport and Exercise (20 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to explore the relationship between physical and mental wellbeing in a sport and exercise environment. You will gain advanced insight into particular developmental and social issues in relation to sport and exercise such as mental health, exercise adherence and applied considerations.

    • Understanding and Enhancing Performance (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give you advanced knowledge of applied sport psychology theories and techniques that can be utilised to positively impact performance. You will develop an understanding of a variety of psychological frameworks and approaches that can shape the direction of needs analysis and intervention protocols. The application of this knowledge will be supported through the development of essential skills for sport psychology practitioners working with skilled performers.

    • Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the research skills and expertise required by areas in Sport and Exercise Psychology. This module is designed to provide a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research at masters level, and to equip you to apply this knowledge in planning a research proposal

    • Professional Placement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your ability to apply knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will embark on an independent research project which will be written in a format relevant to a sport psychology article. You will be provided with guidance from supervisors on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and report writing.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology taught?

The small class size on this course means that you will have plenty of opportunities for key interaction with staff and peers, creating a strong learning community. A variety of teaching practices will be employed including pre-recorded and live lectures, seminars, small group discussions, student lead sessions, role play, critical reflection and independent study.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including critical essays, presentations, case studies, oral examination and independent research projects. These assessments have been created to support the development of skills relevant to future professional activity.

Teaching and learning from 2023

We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2023 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.

Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

You’ll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.


You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home, or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You have access to one- to -one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. EU/International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology support your career?

With the ever-increasing focus for the sporting world to enhance athlete performance and wellbeing, sport psychology professionals are in demand at all levels from school sport to elite competition. Sport and Exercise Psychology will allow you to develop key skills, acquire a body of knowledge, and gain exposure to the frontiers of the subject.

Opportunities exist for sport psychology practitioners with the governing bodies of most sporting organisations, as well as with organisations such as the English Institute of Sport. Roles are increasingly becoming available in exercise, athlete welfare and military organisations, and as a graduate of this programme you would be well placed to progress into these roles. You will also be capable of establishing your own consultancy business or progressing on to additional study.

Dr Hannah Newman
Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Dr Hannah Newman is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a professional member of BASES. Hannah completed a PhD in women’s experiences of strength sport at Loughborough University. More broadly, Hannah’s research focuses predominantly on participation and inclusion in sport, exercise, and physical activity, and mental health and wellbeing in sport and exercise. Projects that Hannah has worked on include an International Olympic Committee (IOC) funded project exploring the body image experiences of retired Olympians and a Thalidomide Trust project exploring the physical activity experiences of Thalidomide survivors.

Dr Linda Duffy
Associate Professor in Sports Psychology

Dr Linda Duffy is a founding member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Her doctoral thesis investigated the acquisition of expertise among professional dart players following her own highly successful career a World Champion dart player. Dr Duffy is currently engaged in research and doctoral supervision related to the development of expertise in sport, psychological resilience, coaching behaviours, sport as a medium for rehabilitation and the psychological effects of training and practise.

Dr Rhonda Cohen
Head of London Sport Institute

Dr. Rhonda Cohen is a Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist and Applied Practice Supervisor with the British Psychological Society. She is a professional member of BASES, and a Registered Practitioner with the Health Care Professional Council. Rhonda achieved her PhD into the Psychology of Extreme Sport and her definition on what is extreme sport is used worldwide. Rhonda supervises PhD students into the psychology behind sport and physical activity including special conditions such as Dementia. She is the author of Sport Psychology: Optimising Performance. Rhonda’s interest and focus is to develop innovative solutions that address key challenges in sport and exercise science by working closely with academics ,coaches, athletes /players and industry partners. She is regularly featured in national, international, and broadcast media. Rhonda is based in the new high-performance centre at Middlesex University, Saracens Stone X stadium where the aim is to improve athletic performance, promote physical activity and advance sport science.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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