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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Accreditation with the British Psychological Society 

Final award MSc
Programme title Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Programme code PSPT45
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/departments/sport/sportandexercisepsychologypsychologyofsportandexercise/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:36:54 BST

1. Programme Aims

The core philosophy of this MSc programme relates to the importance of gaining a knowledge base of theories, principles and current practices within sport and exercise psychology domains that underpin subsequent training, career routes and choices. The programme reflects a need in the market place to offer an academically rigorous knowledge dimension preparing students for Doctoral pathways/research, for the BPS Stage 2 professional practice qualification, and in some cases, for both.  In this respect, the programme balances relevant academic theory and research with advanced  research methods and applied practices/professional issues in sport and exercise domains. 

The MSc programme in Psychology of Sport and Exercise aims: 

  • To develop an understanding of theory, research and practice in sport and exercise psychology
  • To integrate and translate theory and research into practice as applied practitioners
  • To prepare students who are intending to pursue a PhD and/or professional qualification in sport and exercise psychology, potentially leading to full membership and Chartered Status with the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Other benchmarks exist for undergraduate programmes in the Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Group. However, the outcomes for this postgraduate programme, overlap with and develop further the statements in the 'excellent performance' category of achievement in study areas that are appropriate. In particular, we would expect students on this programme to develop further their analytical, research and consultancy skills and the ability to link analyses with learning about professional practice. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

  • key theories of motivation and individual differences and their application to sport, physical education and exercise
  • different approaches to the study of psychological determinants of physical activity
  • the evidence concerned with the proposed links between physical activity and psychological well-being
  • the psychological demands of sport contexts
  • key theories of counselling
  • a broad knowledge base of psychological skills, strategies and techniques in order to facilitate performance enhancement and behaviour change within individuals and teams
  • guidelines for interventions in sport and exercise settings
  • professional skills including BPS Code of Conduct, ethical principles and guidelines
  • advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Apply key theoretical principles to sport, physical education and exercise
  • Apply a variety of assessment methods in order to develop comprehensive profiles for performance enhancement work with athletes
  • Apply appropriate counselling skills within their work as sport and exercise psychology consultants
  • Facilitate performance enhancement and behaviour change within individuals and teams
  • Critically evaluate the psychological research evidence in sport and exercise
  • Critically and reflectively analyse current trends and evidence and its implications for practice
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply a variety of assessment methods in order to develop comprehensive profiles for performance enhancement work with athletes
  • Apply appropriate counselling skills within their work as sport and exercise psychology consultants
  • Facilitate performance enhancement and behaviour change within individuals and teams
  • Critically and reflectively analyse current trends and evidence and its implications for practice
  • Identify areas of practice that could benefit from small-scale research; design, conduct and evaluate an appropriate investigation.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing
  • Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • Develop and utilise advanced research skills
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively 

4. Programme structure

In the following table, ‘C’ indicates a compulsory module and ‘O’ indicates an optional module

 

Code

Module title

Modular weight

Semester

Module

PSP313

Applied Sport Psychology

30

1&2

C

PSP001

Research Methodologies and Methods

15

1

C

PSP312

Motivation and Social Processes in Exercise and Sport

15

1

C

PSP315

Performance Psychology

15

1

C

PSP002

Quantitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP003

Qualitative Research

15

2

O1

PSP314

Mental Health and Physical Activity

15

2

C

PSP316

Psychology of Physical Activity and Public Health

15

2

C

PSP310*

Project (MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise BPS Pathway)

60

2

C

 

1Candidates must select either PSP002 or PSP003

* Candidates undertaking a Project need formal approval of a research proposal by the Programme Director and an agreed Supervisor.  It is expected that candidates registered for PSP310 will be nearing completion of 120 credits before embarking on their research.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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