Course fees (2018/19 entry)
|Option / fee||Value|
|Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee:||£6,825|
|Home/EU part-time tuition fee:||£38 per credit|
|International full time annual tuition fee:||£14,450|
About your course
Complete a BPS-accredited Masters in Sport 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.
- British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited for applicants with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
- Provides a Stage 1 qualification for entry to Stage 2 training, including LJMU’s Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- High levels of academic and pastoral support and access to world-class facilities in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building
- Excellent vocational opportunities, including professional practice placement in a sport or exercise setting
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.
The programme is British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited for applicants with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
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 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 in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
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
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