Providing a recognised level of training for aspiring professionals in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
This course is designed for students wishing to specialise within the discipline of sport and exercise psychology, in order to gain professional training in the provision of psychological support to clients, acquire vocationally related psychological skills, develop a critical thinking approach to the existing knowledge base and conduct research, all within a science practice model. This MSc was developed in the context of the increasing professionalisation of sport and exercise psychology, the accreditation criteria for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the need for a university level course on the island of Ireland. The MSc will provide graduates with competencies in applying interventions professionally and ethically. As such, the programme will provide students with a thorough grounding in the theory, themes, issues and practical skills that are central to the knowledge base of sport and exercise psychology. The programme is organized around 3 main themes (1) theory-practice (2) Individual content (3) stability-change which permeate throughout each of the taught modules. These themes are embedded to serve as a heuristic tool to enable students to apply and underpin critical thinking in the field. This thematic approach also supports and reflects the critical philosophy that underpins the programme as a whole and is central to teaching, learning and assessment. Graduates should expect to possess professional skills in consulting, advanced research skills, relevant personal skills and a deep understanding of the high performance environment.
The University regularly refreshes courses to ensure they are up-to-date. This process is academic revalidation. This course is being refreshed, with changes being put in place for students entering from Sept 2018 onwards. Contact the Course Director for information.
The overarching aim of the programme is to provide a recognised level of training for aspiring professionals in the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing them with the competencies required to apply psychology professionally and ethically in sport and exercise settings. The programme has three themes at its core which influence the pedagogical outcomes throughout the modules: theorypractice; stability-change and individual-context.
Both the overall objective and the themes are achieved through the goals outlined below:
1. To provide students with a sound understanding of key theoretical issues in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
2. To enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the application of theory to sport and exercise settings.
3. To provide the opportunity for students to gain practical skills that will enhance their ability to work with individuals and groups in the sport and exercise context.
4. To provide students with the skills to plan, implement and evaluate work in an applied setting.
5. To enable students to develop a range of practical competencies pertinent to gaining accreditation as a sport and exercise psychologist at Stage 1 with the BPS
6. To help students to develop the skills necessary to design, conduct, analyse and report empirical research in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
7. To facilitate students in acquiring employment and entrepreneurial skills that would enable them to commercialise their skills and intellectual property.
8. To facilitate the development of critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical concerns and implications of applying psychology in sport and exercise settings.