DSportExPsy Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Start date(s)

January 2021

Study mode

Full-time: 2 or 3 years

Part-time: 4 or 6 years

Tuition fees 21/22

Home total fees: £15,600

International (full-time, per year): £16,100

About this course

The programme is designed to meet BPS Stage 2 requirements in Sport and Exercise Psychology and eligibility for HCPC registration.

  • Benefit from quality teaching and supervision provided by experienced sport and exercise psychologists
  • Study on a course underpinned by high-grade research and designed to meet BPS Stage 2 training requirements in Sport and Exercise Psychology and eligibility for registration as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Enjoy the world-class facilities in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
  • Look forward to enhanced career opportunities in Sport and Exercise Psychology professional practice and promotion, as well as education, teaching and research

The programme is underpinned by a strong focus on equipping future Sport and Exercise Psychologists with the competencies required to work in a range of professional practice scenarios.You will work closely with academic staff who are leaders in their research field and experts in training.

In keeping with the nationally agreed curriculum competences for Sport and Exercise Psychologists, you will develop your professional skills in teaching and training (education and dissemination), ethics and professional standards,


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research and consultancy through your own work-based learning experiences, taught sessions on the programme and extensive supervision.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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 up positions in Sport and Exercise Psychology education, teaching and research.

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The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules as detailed below.

The Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology is available in various durations to suit your circumstances. The minimum is a statutory 2 years as a full-time student. The equivalent part-time programme is 4 years long.  In addition, we also offer a full-time programme that is 3 years duration, and a part-time version that lasts up to 6 years. 

All programme variants have the same essential structure, with the same taught sessions that occur primarily in the first year. The programme duration you choose is largely dictated by your work placement(s) and other work related opportunities you may secure. For example, if you are working on doctorate related activity full-time then it is likely you will opt for a full-time programme duration. If you are working half-time or more, but less than full-time, then you must opt for a part-time version. Anything less than half time is not suitable for doctorate completion. 

The number of years you chose to study for will mainly be dictated by how busy you find yourself and how much spare time you have for the additional paperwork that the doctorate necessitates.  For some, a two-year full-time programme is very packed and proves difficult, and the third year programme suits them better. The programme team at LJMU are happy to discuss your needs and what might suit you best depending on your personal circumstances; no two applicants are alike. It is also possible to change your study mode e.g. from full to part–time according to your circumstances.


If you wish to avail yourself of the Doctoral Loans scheme, please note that currently this is only available for programmes of durations of 3 or more years. Find out more.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.


Planning Training in Sport and Exercise Psychology
30 credits

This module introduces the programme and helps you to produce a training plan in line with the competencies required by the British Psychological Society and Health and Care Professions Council. It also helps you to reflect on that plan in the form of a SWOT analysis. The module aims to:

  • establish that you can plan your training in relation to the requirements of the national competences for Sport and Exercise Psychologists
  • provide evidence of a critical view on your own planned development

Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional Practice
270 credits

This module aims to develop and demonstrate:

  • professional skills and standards (including ethics of applied practice)
  • consultancy
  • research
  • teaching and training (education and dissemination)

Learning outcomes are based on the BPS standards for doctoral programmes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (approved May 2014) and reflect contemporary learning, research and practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology. They accurately cover the four standards required of doctorate-level programmes in this area. Each standard contains core competence units in ethics, consultancy, research and communication. These are detailed in the module outline for the programme and taught, practised and assessed to demonstrate the related module learning outcomes.

Reflection in Sport and Exercise Psychology
60 credits

This module requires you to reflect on your learning experiences as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist by reflecting on your practitioner development and how this informs your future practice. It aims to enable you to demonstrate your:

  • overall professional skills development
  • ability to reflect and meta-reflect on your development and the decisions and choices you have made during your training


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

All teaching is on Thursdays 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, leaving you some time in the day to meet with your supervisor. Sessions are formally scheduled from January to June and September to December in year one and on an ad hoc basis in subsequent years.

Teaching methods

You will develop your skills in teaching and training (education and dissemination), research, consultancy and 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.

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Applied learning

To be offered a place on the programme, you need to have secured your own placement, or work related opportunities (or a combination of the two) to satisfy the hours of client contact required. Once on the programme, you are likely to encounter other opportunities, sourced by you or our staff (who have extensive networks with numerous sport and exercise organisations) that you may choose to undertake as further support for your training.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

The Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology programme requires a portfolio of work to be completed. This includes: a log and reflective diary of professional practice and consultancy/teaching plus training case studies. In terms of research, you will be expected to produce a systematic literature review and two empirical papers of publishable quality.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Martin Eubank

Dr Martin Eubank

Programme Leader

Associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, Martin is Chief Assessor on the BPSStage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. As a board member, he has a good oversight of the provision of sport and exercise psychology training in the UK. Martin’s research interests focus on Sport Psychology Practitioner development. He explores how the identity, congruence and competence of Sport Psychologists is informed by the learning experiences they encounter in education, professional training and applied practice and how sport culture informs effective sport psychology service delivery.

The most rewarding aspect of my role is providing a sport psychology professional training route that enables students to develop both professionally and personally to achieve their ambition to become a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The programme is delivered in the City Campus, in the £28million Tom Reilly Building, which provides world-class sport and exercise science facilities.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree in Psychology conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society
  • a BPS Accredited MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology, normally at merit level or higher (we offer a BPS accredited Sport Psychology Masters at LJMU) 
  • a suitable pre-determined placement or work related learning opportunities (paid or voluntary)

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Additional Information
  • IELTS score of 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme.
  • All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC
  • International students who 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. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details
  • The Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology is not eligible for the LJMU Alumni Award if the 20% discount has already been used for an alternative LJMU programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact scspgt@ljmu.ac.uk

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You should also provide two programme relevant references, at least one of which must be an academic reference.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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