MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
Student in boxing gloves


Sport and Exercise Psychology

Advance your core knowledge and develop your practical skills as part of a formal career path to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist.

Everything you need to know...

  • Pound sign

    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

Course summary

  • Learn how psychology informs practice in sport, physical activity and professional settings.
  • Develop practical knowledge and consultancy skills through live industry projects.
  • Complete research in modern clinical facilities and share findings with sports audiences.
  • Learn from leading researchers and sport and exercise psychologists. 
  • Prepare for diverse roles as sports psychologists or performance consultants. 

This course enhances your employability by equipping you with practical experience and specialised skills – applying psychological principles to improve sports performance, motivation and wellbeing.

After completing our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) endorsed MSc, you can train to become a registered sport and exercise psychologist. This is through the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Stage 2) and BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR).

Accredited by
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and endorsed by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. 

Postgraduate open day

Come to an open day

Find out more at our postgraduate open days. Book now for your place.

Learn more

How you learn

Graduate View
Graduate Rachel Dunn sat in a classroom

‘The course helped me to apply scientific knowledge to practical settings, and equipped me with valuable skills needed for research and professional practice. The academic staff are very engaging and supportive, and offer guidance to students considering which career paths to take.’

Rachel Dunn, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2018 graduate

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

You’ll explore the theoretical, philosophical and practical underpinnings of sport and exercise psychology – applying your knowledge to live projects and research. You’ll also gain a better understanding of the role and function of sport and exercise graduates – in both the sport and physical activity sector, and the working world at large. 

You learn through: 

  • Lectures, seminars and workshops 
  • Our virtual learning environment
  • Work-based learning experiences, such as placements and field trips
  • Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments
  • Research and industry-relevant projects

Course topics

You’ll improve your employability skills while developing specialist knowledge of the global sports industry. You’ll learn to identify and implement creative solutions for major clients – gaining practical experience through optional industry placements and a sound theoretical grounding from our industry experts.

You’ll delve into the essential theories and practices of sport and exercise psychology, becoming proficient in a variety of specialised areas. Core modules include wellbeing and human performance, skill acquisition and developmental perspectives, and interventions in sport and exercise psychology. These modules will equip you with a deep understanding of how psychological principles can enhance athletic performance and overall wellbeing. 

You’ll also develop professional skills specific to sport psychologists, alongside advanced knowledge in research methods and data analysis – all providing you with a robust foundation to excel in the field.

Course support

Our high ratio of staff to students means you’ll always be able to receive the support you need on your learning journey. You’ll be supported towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment through a number of key areas. These include: 

  • Access to our student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre for support with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments and assessment preparation.
  • Support and guidance from your course and module leaders, and you’ll have a named academic adviser and employability advisers.
  • Access to our central services such as counselling, Library and IT services.

Course leaders and tutors

James Newman
James Newman
Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Applied learning

Live projects

Live projects provide invaluable hands-on experience, allowing you to apply your consultancy skills under the guidance of registered sport and exercise psychologists. This practical exposure not only prepares you for BPS Stage 2 or SEPAR training but also offers a real-world understanding of professional practices and environments. Through direct engagement you’ll be able to master practical skills and understand the dynamics of working with clients and sports teams in professional settings.

Field trips

Trips provide you with the opportunity to see how psychological theories and methods are applied in sports settings. They’re part of a curriculum designed with input from employers and industry partners – allowing you to observe and interact with professionals in sports organisations and clinics. 

You'll see firsthand how your knowledge is put into practice to enhance athletic performance and mental health, providing you with practical insights and real-world exposure – both crucial for your future career in sports psychology. This applied-learning approach ensures your educational experience is closely aligned with the demands of the profession.

Networking opportunities

The course provides outstanding networking opportunities through our strong connections with sports organisations and professionals. These include guest lectures from leading figures with both academic and consultancy backgrounds, offering you direct access to industry insights, contemporary practices, and real-world examples. They’re invaluable chances to build industry connections and enhance your career prospects.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with experts and alumni through seminars and events, gaining a deeper understanding of the field and developing relationships that may lead to future collaborations or employment opportunities. You’ll be further supported by careers fairs, workshops and dedicated employability advisers. This blend of academic learning and professional networking positions you for success in various roles within sport and exercise psychology.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in diverse environments, such as: 

  • Sport and exercise psychology practice (subject to completing an HCPC-accredited training pathway post-MSc) 
  • Academic research and further study 
  • Performance and/or wellbeing roles in the sport and exercise industry 
  • The education sector 
  • The healthcare sector

Previous graduates have gone on to work for: 

  • Further and higher education institutions 
  • Physical activity referral schemes 
  • Professional sports teams
  • Sport national governing bodies (NGBs) 
  • The NHS
  • The UK Sports Institute

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

Collegiate Campus map | Campus facilities 

Collegiate Campus map

Collegiate Crescent
S10 2BP

Get directions
Students outside Collegiate Library
Collegiate library

Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

Learn more

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

Find out more about the centre

Equipment and facilities

You’ll have access to a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities. These include: 

  • Consultancy rooms with an enabled camera and speakers to film practice consultancy sessions.
  • Dedicated exercise research laboratories that house equipment such as treadmills, a cycle ergometer, online gas analysis and gym-based equipment.

We also provide specialist equipment such as: 

  • Virtual reality headsets 
  • The Portalite system for functional near-infrared spectroscopy 
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment 
  • Eye trackers 
  • Transcription foot pedals 
  • Dictaphones  

Entry requirements

All students

A second class honours degree in psychology or sport and exercise psychology that provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), or, completion of an appropriate conversion course in psychology (that provides GBC from the BPS).

A second class honours degree in sport and exercise science, physical sciences, physical activity, health sciences, physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports coaching, physical education or medicine (not recognised by the BPS). Please note a second class honours degree in sport and exercise science may be recognised by BASES.

A second class honours degree in a different subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for sport and exercise psychology, or equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Applicants will usually be expected to have studied at least 60 credits of sport or exercise psychology or psychology at first degree level. However, the course team will assess each application on a case-by-case basis.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Project In Sport And Physical Activity
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Developing Professional Skills In Sport And Exercise Psychology
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Psychology Of Exercise And Physical Activity
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Psychology Of Learning, Wellbeing And Sport Performance
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Research Methods In Sport And Physical Activity
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

Students sat on a sofa

Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

Learn more

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF, 337.6KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2024

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

Not ready to apply just yet?

Why not come to our next open day? Open days are the perfect place to talk to staff and students, visit our campuses and get all the information you need. Alternatively, feel free to ask us a question.

Come to an open day Ask a question

Why choose us?

A trophy icon


We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

A head and shoulders icon


Join more than 1,500 students at our nationally-renowned Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

An office building icon


Learn in cutting-edge sports facilities, including our £6m sports park and a satellite campus at the English Institute of Sport

Where next?

Find out more about Sheffield Hallam's postgraduate opportunities and community.

Two attendees wearing coats, speak to a member of staff at a stand within the University's atrium

Come to an open day

You can chat to teaching and admissions staff, view our facilities and learn more about your funding options.

Book now
A crowd of attendees browsing stalls in the Sheffield Hallam atrium during an open day

Sign up for updates

Receive emails about postgraduate study, including application reminders and alerts for open days.

Sign up
Three female and one male student sat together around a table drinking hot beverages in a cafe.

Information for international students

Information for international students including entry requirements by country and funding.

Learn more

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?