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MSci Sport Psychology

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University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront
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Four years full-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

For subject and grade requirements please see Entry Requirements below.



To be an expert in sport psychology, your University needs to provide you with the latest research informed knowledge, and practical experience using world-leading technologies. You also need an educational environment that reflects the real sporting world.

This course has been developed in consultation with our professional sport partners. This means your education will benefit from exceptional knowledge and standards, preparing you for your professional life after you graduate.

The professional sport psychologist supports all the psychological needs of their athletes, and often across sport teams and organisations. They can work with individuals on a case-by-case basis, and support and nurture effective group dynamics to improve individual athlete, player or overall team performance.  As well as supporting improvements in performance, the psychologist also specialises in helping athletes, players and teams deal with common competitive sport issues, including dealing with defeat, injury, hostile environments and group cliques.

The degree is designed to provide you with the very latest scientific learning, to help prepare you to successfully pursue all of these exciting, challenging and rewarding career roles.

We are a global university partner of STATSports, whose clients include countless world famous sports teams. You benefit from this relationship thanks to our use of cutting-edge equipment.

The four-year course, combining undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course, is led by experienced academics who have supported Olympic and professional athletes, successfully enhancing their performance. Under their guidance, you learn from an approach that combines knowledge of psychology and counselling, with other relevant sport and exercise sciences. You can be sure your education will be robust and relevant.

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Course modules

You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skillset required to practice in elite sport. Subject themes are based on sport psychology specialist content, as well as relevant disciplines of sport and exercise science. This includes understanding the social environment of elite sport settings, applying psychological theory through skills training to support athlete performance, and enabling athletes to overcome distractions including hostile environments, injury, fatigue and stress.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Personality Theories and Social Psychology
Principles of Coaching
Introduction to Exercise Physiology


Science in Sport
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Life Coaching Psychology
Physical Activity and Exercise Behaviour
Exercise Physiology
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science
Statistics for Sport and Exercise Science
Applied Sport Psychology
Individual Differences
Abnormal Psychology
Applications of Exercise Psychology (Optional)
Reflective Practice for Sports Professionals (Optional)
Masters Dissertation
Advanced Social Sport Psychology
Professional Practice and Ethics

Career opportunities

Our graduates have moved on to fantastic careers. Currently, in elite sport science, we have graduates working for Arsenal FC and Ipswich Town FC, and elite sport science providers in the United States of America. In clinical exercise science, other graduates work for the prestigious Papworth Hospital, and Allied Health Professionals as exercise rehabilitation specialists. Some of our graduates have successful teaching careers in physical education. Your exposure to world-leading sport science facilities will ensure you and your CV are ‘career ready’.

Student profiles

James graduated from the University of Suffolk in 2013, after which he took on the role of Head of Academy Analysis at Ipswich Town FC. Following this, James joined Arsenal’s Academy in September 2015. ...

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information

•    Detailed information about Tuition Fees 
•    Find out more about Financial Support eligibility
•    Also see Loans and Grants
•    At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

Students taking A-Levels will be required to have a science subject at grade B or above (which may include P.E., Psychology and/or Sport Science)

Students taking a BTEC qualification will need to be studying a Sports Studies/Science related subject.

Plus applicants must typically hold five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science at grade A-C (or equivalent) or five new GCSEs at grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader Strength & Conditioning. Research Lead Sport Science & Coaching.

Senior Lecturer in Sport Performance Analysis

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Facilities and Resources

Our students enjoy brilliant access to world-leading research and professional practice equipment. These are based in our modern Human Performance Laboratory, based right on the waterfront in the James Hehir Building. As well as being a global university partner for both STATSports and Qualisys, for sports global positioning systems and human motion capture technologies, you will enjoy full use of electroencephalograms and other neurological, biofeedback and neurophysiological apparatus (used to assess a variety of psychological functions in athletes), cardiopulmonary exercise apparatus (used to assess cardiac and metabolic function of athletes), and blood, saliva and urine analysis (used to assess things like hormone concentrations in athletes). There are many other types of specialist equipment, and we pride ourselves on giving you access to all of our specialist equipment. You get to personally use everything in our Human Performance Laboratory during your studies (not just watch us demonstrate it). You will learn by doing!