Sport Psychology/Applied Sport Psychology - MSc/PgD/PgC 

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Course Overview

The MSc in Sport Psychology and Applied Sport Psychology provide students with the opportunity to extend their theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of sport psychology within a supportive student centred environment. The programmes are designed to be flexible, meet students’ needs and develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance their employability. The programmes are delivered by a team of dedicated sport psychology staff, many of whom are at the forefront of international research and professional practice developments in their respective fields. The application of theory to professional practice is a key strength of the programmes.

MSc Sport Psychology is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Both programmes are full for 2014 entry. We are now only able to consider applications for the reserve list.

Course Content

Core Modules: (Relevant to both programmes)

• Research Methods for Sport Studies (Quantitative Pathway)
• Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
• Research Design in Sport Psychology
• Professional Development and Practice in Sport Psychology
• Counselling Skills for Sport Psychologists
• Dissertation Project

Sport Psychology (core module):

• Lifespan Development: Considerations for Sport Psychology

Applied Sport Psychology – Choose one from:

• Understanding the Coaching Environment
• Working with Elite Performers
• Independent Study

Employability & Careers

The MSc in Sport Psychology (BPS accredited) and MSc in Applied Sport Psychology are ideally suited to those aspiring to become practicing sport psychologists, as well as teachers, lecturers and coaches. Successful completion of the MSc Sport Psychology forms Stage 1 training towards BPS Chartered Status and will enable students to progress onto Stage 2 training.

The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology provides a platform from which students can pursue Supervised Experience through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Both programmes provide an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD study

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • For Sport Psychology, applicants must have a BPS accredited degree in psychology (2.1 or above)
  • For Applied Sport Psychology applicants must have an undergraduate degree in sport psychology or sports science with a significant sport psychology element.
  • Applicants who do not hold an initial degree must have substantial experience in sport and mainstream psychology for either qualification.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Sport Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Campus: Cyncoed

School: Cardiff School of Sport

Course Length: Normally 1 year full time and 3 years part-time

All module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, needs analyses and the design of interventions, research reports, case studies, role play, and video analysis and critique.

In addition, all students are required to submit an independent research project (dissertation) which can be presented in either a traditional 15,000 word or publishable paper (8,500 word) format.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application and an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact:

Dr Owen Thomas, Programme Director
Tel: 029 2041 7281

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website