Learn how to optimise athlete performance and improve well-being and activity levels by studying the psychology behind sport at Roehampton.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
Specific entry requirements
Please note that only applicants who already hold, or are eligible for, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (i.e., they must have undertaken a BPS accredited undergraduate degree), OR those who plan to obtain it by subsequently completing a BPS accredited conversion course, are eligible to register for the Psychology of Sport & Exercise MSc.
To have GBC, applicants must have successfully completed a BPS accredited undergraduate degree, usually in Sport Psychology or Psychology. For more information about BPS accreditation and to check the accreditation status of a course that you have completed please click here.
If you are not currently eligible for GBC and are interested in completing a conversion course, please click here for more information.
For applicants without GBC we would normally only admit those whose first degree has a substantial psychology component (e.g., Sport Science/Sport & Exercise Science). Should you want to discuss your eligibility before applying, please email Luke.Felton@roehampton.ac.uk.
Applicants with an overseas degree in Psychology will need to apply for individual Graduate Membership of the BPS. If you are an international applicant you can contact the BPS to discuss your eligibility for GBC based upon your previous qualifications. For further information please contact the BPS Qualifications Team, +44 (0)116 252 9933 or email@example.com
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to proceed to QSEP Stage 2 training or a PhD.
Course and Module Details
You will learn how to work in a range of sport settings and explore key factors that affect sports performance, well-being, and activity levels such as mental toughness, self-confidence, motivation, stress and anxiety, concentration, and the psychology of sport injury.
This innovative programme provides you with a thorough theoretical, conceptual and research informed grounding in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology. You will develop a strong scientific understanding of human behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. You will also enhance your understanding of relationships between the theoretical concepts and current techniques used in sport and exercise psychology assessment and support. This will include becoming familiar with the different types of approaches, assessment strategies, and psychological skills used by Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologists.
The curriculum is diverse, covering a wide range of topics. You will explore critical psychological factors that affect, sports performance, wellbeing and exercise participation. The curriculum will allow you to study more in-depth knowledge and its application in sport and exercise science. You will develop a strong scientific understanding of human behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these.
To support your professional development, this course will cover the idea of reflective practice, and codes of conduct. You will also develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, methodology and design of research within sport and exercise psychology, and gain research skills through the completion of a detailed, empirical research dissertation and benefit from the support of our staff’s wide areas of expertise.
Your professional development is at the core of the programme. You will have opportunities to create new networks with experts in the field through attending talks from guest speakers and entrepreneurship workshops to ensure that you are prepared for your chosen career.
This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society to provide you with Stage 1 training in preparation for your professional career in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Successful completion of the programme will grant access to either Stage 2 training with the BPS or SEPAR training with BASES, the next stage on the route to becoming a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
As this is our BPS-accredited programme, those who hold at least a 2:2 in a BPS accredited undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. We also offer a non-BPS-accredited MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology programme which you can find out about here.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in Tuesday and Wednesday all day.
Contact us for further information.
Our unique employment focused initiatives, including guest speakers, networking opportunities, and entrepreneurship workshops ensure that you are prepared for your chosen career. Students who complete the programme can progress into a career as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Sport and Exercise Scientist, Lecturer, PhD student, researcher, Sports coach, or Exercise Instructor.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
- Check our application deadlines
- View our entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs below
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
If you are from a non-psychology undergraduate background (i.e., you completed a sport science or sport and exercise science degree) you will need to complete an additional course prior to enrolling onto professional training.
In order to enrol onto the Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) Stage 2 offered by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you must complete an accredited psychology conversion course. Accredited conversion courses can be found here.
In order to enrol onto the Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) offered by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES), you must complete an external module (The Open University: 'Investigating Psychology 2' module) in addition to this programme. Eligibility information for SEPAR and the Open University module can be found here.
Dr Luke Felton
I’m Luke, I am the Programme Convener of the MSc and I also convene modules on the MSc and teach across the programme.Read More
Dr Luke FeltonSenior Lecturer
I’m Luke, I am the Programme Convener of the MSc and I also convene modules on the MSc and teach across the programme. My background is in the study of athlete mental well-being from an attachment theory perspective, considering the important role of psychological needs. My current interests and research focus on a variety of factors related to athlete mental well-being, coach-athlete relationships, and psychology within esports. The most enjoyable thing about the MSc, for me, is the applied nature of the programme and the discussions that occur during lectures.
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