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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Academic Year: 2014/15

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, PSPT56
Length of programme
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:57:34 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a postgraduate degree in the study of humans’ mental and social processes and its relationship with sport and exercise.
  • To advance students’ knowledge and understanding of human psychology and their relationship with sport performance and exercise participation
  • To provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge through professional practice relating to the psychosocial issues in sport and exercise
  • To equip students to enter doctoral study of sport and exercise psychology
  • To enable students to qualify for entry into trainee supervised experience for professional practice in the area of sport and exercise psychology
  • To provide scholars and professionals with continuing professional development opportunities related to 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:

  • Humans’ mental and social processes and their relationship with sport and exercise
  • The principles of human psychology that relate to sport performance and exercise participation
  • Theories that explain the relationships between individuals psyche and their sport and exercise environment
  • The evidence-base underpinning practical and policy recommendations relating to the psychology of sport and exercise
  • The research methods used to study the psychology of sport and exercise
  • Professional practice issues and processes in sport and exercise psychology

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Display an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise psychology, informed by current scholarship, research, and practice
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in sport and exercise psychology
  • Appraise the theoretical and empirical knowledge base in sport and exercise psychology
  • Critically evaluate current research ad advanced scholarship in performance psychology and management and evaluate and critique methodologies, proposing new hypotheses, where appropriate
  • Display originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in sport and exercise psychology
  • Apply techniques to their own research or advanced scholarship in sport and exercise psychology
  • Complete a research project in sport and exercise psychology, which may include a critical review of existing literature or other scholarly outputs
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding to solving practical problems in sport and exercise psychology
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • Use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to their professional activities.
  • Assess relevant psychosocial phenomena related to sport and exercise.
  • Support psychosocial development, performance and health of sport and exercise participants Conduct consultations with individuals, groups and organizations
  • Design services and offerings that can be used in a range of sport and exercise environments
  • Reflect on their own and others’ competencies
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Use initiative and take responsibility
  • Solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  • Make decisions in challenging situations
  • Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally
  • Communicate effectively, with colleagues and a wider audience, in a variety of media


4. Programme structure

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



Module title

Modular weight




Applied Sport Psychology





Research Methodologies and Methods





Motivation and Social Processes in Exercise and Sport





Current Research in Performance Psychology and Management





Quantitative Research





Qualitative Research





Mental Health and Physical Activity





Psychology of Physical Activity and Public Health





Project (MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise BPS Pathway)





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. 

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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