Sport and Exercise Physiology

Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,825
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £3,425 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,360

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Course type



Sport and Exercise Sciences

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and eligibility for registration with the HCPC*. The course provides quality teaching and supervision from experienced sport psychologists and is underpinned by high-grade research activity.

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved – designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and eligibility for registration as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the HCPC
  • This professional doctorate is available to study full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
  • Study in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • One of the first courses of its kind in the UK
  • Look forward to career opportunities in Sport and Exercise Psychology professional practice and promotion, as well as education, teaching and research

I am pleased that LJMU are offering a professional doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology - when I finished my MSc at LJMU I would certainly have considered it!

Alister McCormick – Graduate and HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist

The programme is designed around small-group teaching and personal supervision to ensure trainees receive the tailored, individual support that best facilitates their own professional development. Staff delivering the programme have significant experience in helping trainees develop the competencies required by practitioner psychologists.

Dr Martin Eubank, Programme Leader

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate programmes that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The currency of our postgraduate programmes is achieved through the national and international standing and expertise of our academic staff for both research and applied work. The enables us to deliver high quality teaching and supervision to our students, built around research-informed and vocationally-relevant curricula and supported by world leading ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.

Our internationally recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the public engagement and promotion of the subject areas with our key external partners makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.

A supportive postgraduate community

We offer you a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study a sport and exercise science-related postgraduate course. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities. That’s why we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students. We hope that you too will soon be joining our dynamic team of staff, students and researchers.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This professional doctorate at LJMU is the first of its kind in the UK, and is designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

It is also designed to meet the standards of education and training of the Sport and Exercise and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will work closely with academic staff who are leaders in their research field and experts in training. This course group at LMJU offers a supportive and friendly environment to progress your training and career.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences achieved an exceptional grade point average (GPA) of 3.57, with 62% of all research activity being ranked as 4* (world-leading, the highest possible score). This placed us 2nd nationally for GPA, 0.01 points behind a small postgraduate unit at a Russell Group University.

Tellingly, we had the highest volume of world leading research outputs of all submissions in our unit of assessment, with 90% of our Impact (translation) work and 100% of our environment rated as world leading. Indeed, if all 1,911 university REF submissions, across all subject areas, were placed in order of GPA achieved, we would rank 11th nationally - the highest score, in any subject, amongst post 1992 universities.

Programme outline and structure

Sport and Exercise psychology is an exciting new discipline with growing opportunities for qualified professionals.

To become a Sport and Exercise Psychologist, you must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society and fulfil a number of requirements.

  • Stage 1 training - involves the satisfactory completion of an accredited Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology (we offer a BPS accredited Sport Psychology Masters at LJMU)
  • Stage 2 training - includes two or more years spent acquiring a range of supervised practice skills connected with ethical and professional standards consultancy, research and communication and dissemination

The programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping future Sport and Exercise psychologists for a range of professional scenarios.

Download programme FAQs

The programme can be studied full or part time. Full time students must be enrolled for a minimum of two years to meet statutory training requirements. For part time students this is adjusted pro rata.

In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for Sport and Exercise psychologists, you will be developing your skills in teaching and training (education and dissemination), research, consultancy and demonstrating that you have the generic professional skills needed to qualify as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist. This is achieved through your own work-based learning experiences, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision. 

The programme is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved and has been designed to meet the requirements for BPS Stage 2 training in Sport and Exercise Psychology and eligibility for registration as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the HCPC.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Planning Training in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Introduces the core elements of the Professional Doctorate training programme and requires you to plan your training.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional Practice
    The relevant ‘Stage 2’ practitioner competences are developed and demonstrated in this module.
  • Reflection in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Requires you to reflect and meta-reflect on your training across the Stage 2 competencies.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Various assessment methods are used, including a log and diary of professional practice, case studies and reflections on each competence and a viva voce examination at the end. In terms of research, you will be expected to produce a number of publishable papers and submit them to peer-reviewed journals.

After completing this course you should be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

Staff research interests

Programme staff have extensive research and publication experience in the education, training and professional development of Sport and Exercise Psychologists for effective service delivery.

    There is particular interest in exploring how the elite sport culture informs effective sport psychology service delivery and how practitioners working in this context can be developed within their professional training.

    Staff work with numerous elite and professional sporting organisations, providing you with excellent research and placement opportunities in professional UK and European football, cricket and rugby teams, Olympic sports and UK institutes of sport.

    Entry requirements (Home)

    You will need:

    • a good honours degree in Psychology and GBC
    • a BPS Accredited MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (or BPS Stage I Qualification), normally at merit level or higher
    • a suitable pre-determined placement (paid or voluntary)

    International students will also need an IELTS English language minimum score of 7.0.

    Further information

    Please contact Dr Martin Eubank for further information about this professional doctorate:

    t: 0151 904 6240 


    Entry requirements (International)

    LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

    For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

    Will I be interviewed?



    7.0 (Minimum of 6.5 in each component)


    58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Tuition fees

    All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

    Sources of funding


    Postgraduate loans

    Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

    Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: 

    LJMU Alumni Award

    Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

    Postgraduate International Scholarships

    LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

    English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

    A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.




    Earn While You Learn

    Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

    LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

    Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

    Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

    Employer sponsorship

    Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

    Support for disabled students

    Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

    Council tax exemption

    All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

    Graduate employment

    A growing number of Sport and Exercise Psychology graduates work in applied settings as Sport and Exercise Psychology practitioners and promoters, as well as taking employment in Sport and Exercise Psychology education, teaching and research positions.

    Staff on the course have existing experience of supervised trainees working in the Sport and Exercise Psychology service domain.

    For more details on the career options for Sport and Exercise psychologists, please see the British Psychological Society.

    International Study

    International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

    Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

    Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

    Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


    LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

    These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

    You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

    Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

    • new international applicants
    • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
    • LJMU international alumni

    The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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