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Overview

The psychology of sport is an ever expanding area that looks to establish a way of enhancing athlete, player and other high performing groups outcomes.  This is done through an evidence based approach informed by research to allow practitioners to meet those aims.

Our MSc puts you at the forefront of this process and immerses you into sport psychology in a supportive and challenging way.  You begin by examining theory and research within sport psychology and then move onto looking at ways of applying that theory as a researcher and potential practitioner. 

You finish your degree with a period in the work place assisting relevant groups with performance enhancement and researching a topic that will hopefully give you the chance to contribute to the body of literature within sport psychology to inform future practices.

What makes this course different

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Placement opportunity

Our dedicated workforce team will support you in gaining industry experience through a placement during your studies.

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Olympic location

You'll be based in London with easy access to multiple sporting venues including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Taught by active practitioners

Your teaching staff are recognised as practitioners within all of the major governing bodies that recognise sport psychologists/practitioners within the UK.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You will learn the theoretical underpinning of sport psychology practice before going on to consider how this is implemented, first of all within a classroom environment and then within a real sports setting.

The research component of the course initially gives you the necessary tools of measurement to make an informed decision on how would you like to go about gathering data for a larger project within an area that you find interesting within sport psychology.  

The learning on this course is designed to ensure that each term follows on from the previous one to allow for a seamless transition from graduate on entry to fully fledged postgraduate on exit.

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HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders.

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).  

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

This programme will consist of 6 modules (180 credits) over the course of 12 months/3 terms.

All modules are individual (30 credits) except the independent research project which is a double module (60 credits). Students work on a theory to practice teaching strategy. 

Initially students are taken through a theoretical underpinning knowledge of sport psychology and research methods followed by a chance to consider how to apply that theory, before beginning the process of application from a research and applied perspective.

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable.  There are a diverse range of assessment methods that include essays, presentations, case studies, professional development, reflective work and practical activities. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Richard Mark Buscombe

Richard works in the Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences subject area teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Dr Gary Doyle

Dr Doyle is a Lecturer and Researcher in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning.

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Alireza Monajati

Alireza is a Lecturer in Strength, Conditioning and Human Performance

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What we're researching

Staff that facilitate this course are all part of the Applied Sport Sciences Research Group (ASSRG) a group that investigates topics within sport and exercise sciences.  Sport psychology research forms a major part of this group with both of the main teaching staff being included with the latest REF submission.  The psychological benefits of exercise in natural environments, expectancy effects,stereotype threat and its impact on performace, postitive psychology within sport are all areas that are researched within the teaching team 
Group members are active practitioners within professional sport and elite sport, currently working with athletes at the highest levels of sport.  

Sport psychology staff are recognised at the highest level as practitioners as BASES accredited, BPS chartered and HCPC practitioner psychologist.

Our staff have published multiple pieces of work including:

The influence of body language and expected competency on gaze behaviour while forming an impression of a tennis player: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Vol 0, No 0.

'The world is best experienced at 18 mph'. The psychological wellbeing effects of cycling in the countryside: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health: Vol 10, No 1.

The teaching throughout my time at UEL was excellent, we were a small cohort that made the experience even better, taught by an engaging, strong and inspiring academic team that brought in celebrity external speakers to offer a rich breadth of experiences and knowledge, we were introduced to the potential research opportunities on a domestic and international level.

Ann Wild, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science Graduate

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

You can choose to utilise the skill set that you develop within sport psychology in a number of ways.  Some students have gone on to pursue external governing body recognition as sport psychologists while others have used the skills to enhance other career options, e.g. one former British student was a tennis coach that got a position as an NCAA D1 University as Head Coach immediately on graduation.

You will develop your skills and knowledge in a directly applied context, further supported by industry experience through the placement module. This will ensure that you are 'employment ready' in your knowledge, skills and experience. The strong industry experience and contacts of our staff team also mean that you will be well-connected to potential jobs as they arise.

In addition, you will be encouraged to make full use of the range of employability resources available through the Careers Centre and LinkedIn Learning.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.