Sports Exercise & Performance Psychology
This MSc. programme designed specifically for psychology graduates is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to sport, exercise and performance settings in order to enhance wellbeing and performance. It seeks to equip candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research and develop core competencies and professional skills across a range of key domains including the following: motor cognition and skill acquisition; performance psychology; exercise and mental health; applied positive psychology; organisational behaviour and wellbeing; professional issues and ethics; and research design and methods. The core aims of the programme are to create an outstanding and distinctive learning experience through innovations in teaching (e.g. problem-based learning) instilling a scientist practitioner approach across both sport and exercise contexts and highlighting the role of ethical considerations in practice.
An undergraduate degree, 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g., psychology). RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those without a related degree.
Entrants with degrees that meet either the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or British Psychological Society (BPS) graduate entry requirements will receive the same award as students without this status (e.g., BSc. Sport and Exercise Science graduates) but the former will be able to apply to PSI/BPS for recognition of their progress towards accreditation. It is envisaged that the Masters degree will be recognised as stage one of the PSI/BPS recognition process (stage 3 comprises supervised experience. Accreditation from will be applied for in advance of start date so the Masters programme. will have "Accreditation Applied" status).
Entry to the programme will be based on the result of an oline application and appropriate academic references. There will be no interview.
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
Semester 1 Spring
• Performance Psychology
• Work Design and Employee Well-Being
• Motor Cognition: Understanding Action in Performance and
• Exercise Psychology & Mental Health
• Choose from either:
• Advanced Empirical Psychology
• Qualitative Research Methods In Psychology
Semester 2 Summer
• Psychological Skills Training for Sports Performance
• Professional Competencies 4
• Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology
• Applied Positive Psychology
• Psychology Research Dissertation Development
Semester 3 Autumn
• Dissertation in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
1 year Full- Time
Lectures are mainly held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at other times. Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules