Brunel University
Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc
Brunel University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Brunel Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc provides graduates the first stage of training towards becoming a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited sport and exercise psychologist.

You’ll examine the key psychological factors that affect both sports performance and exercise participation and learn how to assess client needs and formulate tailored programmes for them.

In your sport specialisation, you’ll learn techniques and strategies to help athletes of all levels, ages and genders develop the mental skills needed to tackle inhibitions and achieve peak performance, as well as to overcome the emotional consequences of serious injury or prolonged loss of form.

These mental skills are equally applicable to coaches wanting to build positive team dynamics and referees dealing with the stresses of the job.

In your exercise specialisation, you’ll focus on applying psychology to increase exercise participation and motivational levels among the public and to encourage people to adopt more active lifestyles.

On completion of the course, you can progress to Stage 2 training, which leads to chartered psychologist status with the BPS and registered practitioner status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Throughout your studies you’ll be able to take advantage of our modern physiology and biomechanics laboratories and some of the best sports facilities in the UK.

Modules are assessed by combinations of essays, case studies, contribution to seminars, oral presentations, poster presentations, laboratory report writing, computer-based tests and formal written examinations. In the final year you must submit, and pass, a research dissertation.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 7 with no less than 6 in each subsection
Institution's Own Test with no less than 60% in each subsection
PTE Academic 64 with no less than 51 in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT) 100 with no less than 20 in each subsection
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- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree in Psychology or Sport Science. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) is no longer required before taking this course; however, students wishing to enrol on Stage 2 practitioner training must have GBC either by virtue of their undergraduate degree, or successfully completing a BPS accredited conversion course. - Students who hold a good Honours degree in an unrelated subject, who have successfully completed a BPS accredited conversion course (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology) are also eligible to apply. In the UK, GBC is attained either by completing a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology (minimum lower 2nd class Honours) or by completing a BPS accredited conversion course. If you have completed a degree in Psychology outside of the UK the BPS will consider applications for GBC on an individual basis. The Society will consider whether you hold a degree from a recognised university or comparable institution and if it is of an equivalent standard to a British bachelor's degree at a minimum lower second class Honours level (in addition whether your degree includes at least 50 per cent psychology).


Tuition Fees Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

EU £9650 year 1
Channel Islands £9650 year 1
England UK £9650 year 1
Northern Ireland £9650 year 1
Scotland £9650 year 1
Wales £9650 year 1
International £19855 year 1

Additional fee information

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Brunel University

Established in 1957, Brunel University is located in the large town of Uxbridge, in suburban London. Thanks to its location, Brunel University has numerous public transport connections to London, which students make use of for expanding their options when it comes to work experience placements. The admission rate is lower than in many universities, so applicants should prepare their personal statements and interviews well when applying to enrol here.

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