About your course
Complete a BPS-accredited Masters in Sports Psychology under the guidance of world-leading academic staff. The School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University conducts internationally recognised research and attracts world-class sports people, researchers and postgraduates.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- British Psychological Society accredited for applicants with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
- Route to HPC Registered Sport Psychologist status
- High levels of academic and pastoral support and access to world-class facilities in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
- Academic team possess Approved Supervisors status for the Stage 2 qualification
- Excellent career opportunities
The knowledge of the staff teaching on the programme was so important in helping to prepare me for a post in elite professional sport. Their commitment to developing our research skills was not done at the expense of helping us to acquire important applied knowledge. Having worked with former students of many other competing institutions, I am even more convinced that the LJMU experience is second to none.
Introduction to the School
In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was either considered world- leading, or as internationally excellent.
This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
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 School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a world-wide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.
Our five taught postgraduate degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition offer excellent career prospects within elite sport, the health sector, education and other areas.
We also offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, where you would be working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups.
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.
A supportive postgraduate community
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.
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?
The School of Sport and Exercise Science has been delivering this programme for over 20 years, yet we keep our course design current so that you can apply the most relevant theory within your practice.
We have a strong ethos of theory and applied knowledge, and it is this learning practice that we instill in our postgraduates – a style of knowledge transfer that no other BPS accredited course offers.
Our academic team members have been selected for their specialist expertise, and you will be taught by these experts in performance enhancement. As a postgraduate, you will experience a rich and highly relevant education and be able to grow as a research academic in this elite environment of thought-leaders from the field of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
However, our commitment to your ability to support the performance of sportspeople remains our primary focus. You will develop consultancy skills, and the knowledge to counsel sportspersons. The results of your work, and the effect it will have on an athlete’s physical and conscious development, will become one of your key outcomes.
We pride ourselves on our long standing status as a preferred training route and we welcome applications from ambitious sports scientists keen to ultimately contribute to our portfolio of experience and produce their own research grounded in the real world.
Programme outline and structure
This MSc programme is relevant for students who hold British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Certified Membership (GBC) and are looking to complete a BPS accredited Masters degree in Sport Psychology.
Applications are also invited from students with alternative qualifications, such as sport science degrees that do not confer eligibility for GBC. Please see ‘Entry Requirements’ for further details.
This ‘Stage 1’ qualification is required for progression onto ‘Stage 2’ of BPS professional training, which is the route to HCPC Registered Sport Psychologist status. Members of the programme team possess Approved Supervisors status for the Stage 2 qualification, and are available to provide supervision to those who wish to continue with their professional training post MSc.
The programme philosophy seeks to critically engage you with a broad spectrum of Sport Psychology perspectives, drawing on a range of research and applied methodologies. Founded on an academically rigorous knowledge base, studies focus on the impact that research and psychological theory has on applied practice.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Research methods and technique in sport psychology
- Performance and development issues in sports psychology (such as stress, anxiety and coping, peak experience and flow, athlete identity, transition and development)
- Frameworks, skills and approaches in sport psychology (including philosophy and ethics of practice and approaches to applied work, including mental skills training and the importance of identity and culture in sports organisations)
- Professional practice in sport psychology
- Research project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
The programme is designed to train sports psychologists in how to successfully improve performance, the mind/body connection and the wellbeing of elite sportspersons.
Assessment is varied and relevant to contemporary research and course design. The range of methods used will probably include essays, oral presentations, consultancy reports, vivas, research proposals, ethics applications and research papers.
Staff research interests
All of our sports psychology staff are highly research active across a range of disciplines.
Staff interests include:
- Martin Eubank: sports psychology, identity, training perspectives, anxiety
- Mark Nesti: sports psychology, phenomenology, theology, ethics, spirituality, identity
Entry requirements (Home)
If you are applying for the BPS accredited award you must have Graduate Basis for Certified Membership (GBC) on entry and would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (i.e., upper second or first) in Sport Psychology, Psychology or a related combined award.
Applications from students with alternative qualifications: You are not eligible for the BPS accredited Stage 1 award, so cannot complete BPS Stage 2 training to become a HPC Registered Sport Psychologist or have access to Chartered Membership of the Society. Applicants for the non-BPS accredited MSc Sport Psychology award would normally be expected to have the same level of honours degree in a related discipline e.g. Sport Science, where significant evidence of Sport Psychology study can be demonstrated.
In addition, international students should hold IELTS English language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent.
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 6.0-6.5 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.
Enquiries and applications are welcomed from international applicants. Please contact the admissions team to discuss your qualifications.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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 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.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
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.
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.
The integrated and critical nature of the programme promotes qualities and skills relevant to employability within the Sport Psychology field.
Many career opportunities are open to you on graduation, such as working as a sport psychologist, exercise psychologist, lecturer or coaching psychologist. A large number of graduates continue in education, research or applied work, including BPS ‘Stage 2’ training. Some go into teaching and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities and others continue their studies with a Doctoral research programme.
Some graduates have engaged in sports science support and/or athlete support programmes with National Governing Bodies and professional sports clubs or acted as consultants in professional sport settings.
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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international 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: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
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
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
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