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Sport and Exercise Psychology

Study a course that can prepare you for a career in sport and exercise psychology.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Study a course that can prepare you for a career in sport and exercise psychology.
  • Gain core skills in the academic and intellectual understanding and researching of sport and exercise psychology.
  • Understand the role of psychological interventions for sport performers, coaches and teams.

If you hold the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) this course will support you along the path to becoming a chartered sport and exercise psychologist.

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‘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

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How you learn

You develop your work-related and applied skills throughout the course whilst keeping a major focus on developing your core psychological skills, especially in the sport and exercise psychology subject area.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • a major research project
  • technology-enhanced learning

Course leaders and tutors

Peter Olusoga
Peter Olusoga
Senior Lecturer

Peter is an active researcher whose interests lie in stress and burnout, particularly in the field of sports coaching, and as a Chartered Psychologist with the Briti … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

The Developing Professional Practice module offers you the opportunity to enter the sector of your choice to develop understanding of the context of sport and exercise psychology practice.

Field trips

It may be possible to study your research project overseas if it satisfies the module aims and learning outcomes.

Networking opportunities

Sheffield Hallam are a skills development partner of the Chartered Institute for Managing Sport and Physical Activity.


You will have the opportunity to undertake the University's Leadership Award. The intention is that this will enrich and develop your competitiveness in the job market and advance high-level employability-related transferable attributes that support your transition into the sport profession or the wider career sector.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • sport
  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • rehabilitation

Our graduates are ideally positioned to progress to Stage 2 of the QSEP and work towards becoming a registered sport and exercise psychologist. Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • English Institute of Sport
  • NHS
  • sport national governing bodies (NGBs)
  • physical activity referral schemes

Others have gone onto further PhD study or to work as research assistants.


This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with experienced applied practitioners and expert researchers in both sport and exercise psychology.

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

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Entry requirements

All students

A 2.1 or higher Honours degree in psychology, sport and exercise psychology, or completion of an appropriate postgraduate conversion course in psychology (that provides GBC from the BPS).

At least a 2.1 Honours degree in Sport Science/Exercise Science/Coaching or a psychology degree not recognised by the BPS.

Applicants will be expected to have studied at least 60 credits of sport or exercise psychology or psychology at first degree level.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Professional Practice In Sport And Exercise Psychology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exercise Psychology: Theory To Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Skill Aquisition And Developmental Perspectives Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Psychology: Theory To Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† 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 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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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)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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