MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology degree

Qualifications available: MSc

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
Typically 2 years
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£10,950
International fee
£23,500
Location
Loughborough
Application status
Open

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Overview

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology is designed and delivered to prepare you for specific career pathways or academic roles in sport and exercise psychology and sport and exercise science, with a focus on psychology.

The programme moves beyond the fundamentals of psychological science by focusing on significant areas in the applied contexts of sport and exercise while providing a critical understanding of sport and exercise psychology. This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) through “Accreditation Through Partnership. It is designed and delivered primarily with a view to best preparing students for specific career pathways or academic roles in sport and exercise psychology and sport and exercise science, with a focus on psychology.

Our staff also work as practitioners with national governing sport bodies, individual athletes and professional teams.

The programme targets significant areas of sport and exercise psychology packaged in the following modules: Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in Youth, Current Research in Performance Psychology and Management, Psychology of Exercise for Clinical Populations, Mental Health in Sport and Exercise, Professional Practice in Sport Psychology, The Psychology of the Coach-Athlete Relationship and Qualitative and Quantitative Research, as well as a research project. The academic year is split into two semesters. The research project runs over the summer months.

Who should study this programme?

This programme suits anyone who is truly passionate and inquisitive about psychology, sport and exercise.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

What makes this programme different?

  • we're no.1 in the world for sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • our programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society
  • be taught by international experts

What you'll study

The modules on our Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc are designed to advance your knowledge and understanding of human psychology and their relationship with sport performance and exercise participation.

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Semester one

Introductory Qualitative and Quantitative Research

The aims of this module for the student are: (a) to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of the philosophical, ethical and stakeholder issues which underpin research, and how this affects research design; (b) to be able to critically review and communicate how different research designs inform understanding in psychology, health and sport sciences; (c) to be able to create a clear and effective research proposal; (d) display an understanding of the importance of collaborative, team-based research; and (e) to be able to measure phenomena appropriately in accordance with research design.

Intended learning outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Show critical understanding of the principle elements of applied research according to various designs. This involves exploring commonality and differences in the philosophical underpinnings of research as well as specific research methods
- Appreciate key elements of philosophical debates between and within the natural and social sciences
- Understand and evaluate the problems involved in the design and administration of research studies
- To be able to choose an appropriate method of analysis to apply to a set of data to answer a research question
- Use research from a variety of disciplines to inform a research proposal
- Effectively communicate research ideas in group contexts
- Show competence in the conceptualisation and appropriate measurement of research phenomena
- Refine skills in writing about research method
- Show a working understanding of statistical tests for comparison of two groups for continuous and categorical data, as well as tests for comparisons of more than one group for independent samples and repeated measures data
- Develop competence in using IT skills, including OPAC, SPSS, LEARN, Metablib/Lexis UK, and a variety of Internet media/communication platforms
- Management of self learning: self-assessment, time management, motivation, note-taking, reading efficiently, critical thought and reflection, using the library
- Information technology: use of SPSS, Library, OPAC, library databases and WWW.

Assessment 

100% coursework consisting of:

  • In-class SPSS test (50%)
  • Qualitative portfolio or reflective essay (50%)

Motivation and Individual Differences in Sport and Exercise

The aim of this module is for the student to critically examine theory, research and practice in understanding motivation and associated developmental and interpersonal processes in sport and physical activity.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Outline the conceptual foundations of contemporary inquiry into motivation and associated developmental and interpersonal processes in sport and physical activity
- Evaluate contemporary research and the application of research to practice in different physical activity settings
- Examine the role of individual differences and exercise/sport environments in influencing motivation and behaviour
- Assess reliability and validity of relevant measures
- Apply theories and principles to real world sport and physical activity contexts
- Draw on personal experiences to evaluate application of theory to practice
- Access and utilise electronic sources of information relevant to the module
- Undertake data handling and analysis
- Manage self-learning
- Demonstrate team work, numeracy and ICT skills
- Demonstrate written and oral communication.

Assessment

  • Examination (60%)
  • Written assignment (40%)

Performance Psychology and Management

The aim of this module is to deliver a world-leading learning experience of humans' mental and social processes and their relationship with fulfilling a specific task or function.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe humans' mental and social processes and their relationship with fulfilling a specific task or function
- Identify the principles of human psychology and management that relate to sustained high performance
- Explain the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the relationships between individuals, their environment, and their performance
- Critically evaluate the research and evidence-base informing practical and policy recommendations relating to human performance
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of original and significant issues in the study of performance psychology and management
- Appraise and interpret the theoretical and empirical knowledge-base relating to the psychosocial aspects of performance excellence
- Critically evaluate the rigour of the research methods used to study to performance psychology and management
- Critique research and advanced scholarship in the psychology and management of high performers
- Translate theoretical and empirical insights in performance psychology and management to potentially impact high performers' lives
- Generate evidence-based recommendations for individuals seeking to enhance their performance
- Display innovation in the application of knowledge and understanding of performance psychology and management
- Practically apply techniques to their own scholarship and/or research in different performance domains
- Manage independent study/learning, evidencing effective planning and time-management skills
- Read and extract relevant information from a range of sources including from journals/books/websites/social media platforms
- Critically appraise research and information from different sources
- Communicate ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.

Assessment

100% coursework (Written assignment)

Psychology of Exercise for Clinical Populations

The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological principles that inform effective exercise promotion in clinical populations within community and healthcare settings. The module includes topic areas such as: Exercise is medicine; social determinants of health and exercise; health inequalities; psychological determinants and outcomes related to exercise in clinical populations (e.g. spinal cord injury, cancer, schizophrenia, arthritis, eating disorders); psychology interventions for exercise promotion; knowledge translation strategies; intervention design and evaluation

Intended learning outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Identify and explain condition-specific psychological determinants to exercise
- Identify and explain condition-specific psychological outcomes for exercise
- Develop theoretically informed exercise interventions specific to a clinically defined medical condition
- Critically discuss how social determinants of health impact exercise psychology
- Construct a psychological interpretation of exercise as medicine
- Critically analyse, interpret and apply scientific resources relating to exercise psychology
- Collaborate in groups
- Communicate effectively
- Interpret quantitative and qualitative data
- Problem solve and think critically
- Manage time and workload
- Learn independently.

Assessment

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Written assignment (60%)
  • Oral Presentation (40%)

Semester two

Mental Health in Sport and Exercise

The aims of this module are to examine and translate evidence relating to mental health and exercise in athlete and other populations. 

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Mental health, mental disorders, diagnosis, and statistics
- Evidence for the influence of exercise on mental health outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate research evidence relating to exercise and mental health
- Translate evidence on exercise and mental health to practical settings

On completion of this module students should have improved transferrable skills relating to:
- Presentation and communication of information
- Self-management of learning.

Assessment 

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Poster presentation (40%)
  • Written report (60%)

Professional Practice in Sport Psychology

The aims of this module are: (a) to prepare students who are intending to pursue a professional qualification in sport psychology, and (b) to provide students with practical knowledge and skill development opportunities related to the practice of applied sport psychology. 

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Understand the roles, responsibilities and competencies required of a practicing sport psychologist
- Apply knowledge of contemporary psychological themes in sport to group workshop and individual settings
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the psychological demands and logistics of differing sport contexts
- Appreciate the differing models and frameworks for consultancy
- Critically interpret the relevance of applying a specific assessment technique (e.g, quantitative vs qualitative)
- Apply appropriate professional and interpersonal skills when conducting practical work with clients
- Interpret clients strengths and areas for development when conducting intake interviews
- Apply contemporary theories to conceptually formulate a consultation plan for a sport client
- Engage in reflective practice with respect to their role as a student practitioner
- Manage self-learning and meet targets and deadlines for group work
- Build relationships with group members and sport stakeholders to facilitate shared knowledge and experience
- Develop introductory professional consultancy and counselling skills as a trainee practitioner
- Contribute to team-based activity and communicate within group discussions.

Assessment 

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Group workshop presentation (40%)
  • Field-based report (50%)
  • Continuous assessment: indivudual presentation and engagement skills throughout module (10%)

The Psychology of the Coach-Athlete Relationship

The aims of this module are: (a) to provide students with theoretical underpinnings that revolve around the interpersonal dynamics between coaches and athletes and (b) to provide students with practical knowledge and skills that aim to improve the quality of the coach-athlete relationship, increase better communication and decrease potential interpersonal conflict. 

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Define the quality of the coach-athlete relationship
- Critique the different theoretical perspectives available to study coach-athlete interactions
- Identify the complex nature of the coach-athlete relationship, its antecedents and consequences
- Evaluate the role of communication and conflict
- Explain the value of measurement for diagnostic, prognostic and educational purposes
- Apply the knowledge in practical situations
- Discuss the constructs that define the quality of the coach-athlete relationship
- Appraise the psychometric tools available
- Apply knowledge of relationships, communication and conflict in practical examples
- Engage in exploring new ideas and methods that aim to enhance better coach-athlete partnerships
- Demonstrate sound interpersonal skills as part of learning (and learning from one another)
- Use sound oral and written communication skills especially as this pertains to reporting to coaches and athletes diagnostic and prognostic results as well as educational needs
- Apply problem solving and critical thinking
- Display a capacity to learn independently through self-management and discipline.

Assessment 

  • 100% coursework (Portfolio)

Semester one and two

Project (MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology)

The aim of this module is for students to design, conduct and report on an original research study of an aspect of sport and exercise psychology.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- An appropriate research topic to study and a specific research question(s)
- How to design a study to investigate the research question(s)
- Data collection and analysis to answer the research question(s)

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Employ knowledge and understanding of (a) the social and behavioral sciences, (b) sport and exercise, and (c) research principles and methods, to introduce, interpret and draw conclusions from the data
- Write-up a manuscript describing the research project that adheres to the guidelines presented in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the Amercian Psychological Association
- 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.

Assessment 

  • 100% coursework (Written task)

Quantitative Research

The aims of this module are for the student: (a) to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of statistical theory and its application in psychology, sport, exercise and health sciences; and (b) to gain a working knowledge of common statistical procedures in psychology, sport, exercise and health sciences research.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Show critical understanding of statistical theory and practice. This involves exploring a range of statistical techniques through the manipulation of both real and simulated lab data
- Appreciate the links between theory, measurement, statistics and research conclusions
- Understand deductive, scientific reasoning
- Effectively communicate research ideas and findings in group contexts
- Show understanding and evaluate the problems involved in the analysis of statistical data including assessment of statistical power and effect sizes
- Show competence in the conceptualisation and appropriate measurement of quantified research phenomena including measures of sources of variation/validity
- Have a working understanding of ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, regression, measures of reliability and data reduction techniques
- Develop competence in using IT skills, including SPSS, LEARN, Metalib/Lexis UK, and a variety of Internet media/communication platforms
- Manage self learning: self-assessment, time management, motivation, note-taking, reading efficiently, critical thought and reflection, using the library.

Assessment

100% coursework consisting of:

  • In-class computer-based SPSS test (50%)
  • In-class computer-based SPSS test (50%)

Qualitative Research

The aims of this module are for the student: (a) to gain a critical understanding and appreciation of qualitative and interpretative methods in sport and exercise research generally and in their particular field of study; (b) to be able to critically review and communicate how different qualitative research designs inform understanding in sport and exercise research generally and in their particular field of study; (c) to critque the process of guided inductive analysis and the representation of interpretative data; (d) to be able to measure phenomena appropriately in accordance with research design.

Intended learning outcomes 

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Critically explain and evaluate the alignment of ontology, epistemology, methodology and methods
- Critically evaluate the principal elements of applied research related to different research designs
- Critique the process of conceptual/theoretical abstraction from observation
- Critically evaluate the subjective aspects of researched phenomenon
- Represent experience and knowledge from a variety of viewpoints
- Effectively communicate research ideas in group contexts
- Apply a variety of research methods: interviewing, narrative, media
- Employ enhanced techniques of qualitative data analysis
- Develop competence in using IT skills, including coding software and internet/media/communication platforms
- Manage self-learning: self-assessment, time management, motivation, note-taking, reading efficiently, critical thought and reflection, using the library
- Use information technology appropriately to inform and support the research process including the use of Library, OPAC, library databases, and the web.

Assessment 

100% coursework consisting of:

  • Essay (50%)
  • Poster presentation (50%)

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of scientific and applied reports, presentations, a research project journal article and exams. For full details, please see the module information above.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our MSc Sport and Exercise Psycology is designed and delivered to prepare you for two specific career pathways:

Sport and exercise psychologist or scientist

Becoming a sport and exercise psychologist. You should contact the BPS about registering for the Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP), which typically involves two years full-time (up to four years part-time) training as a 'Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist'. Note that the BPS requires that trainees intending to register on the Stage 2 QSEP to have Graduate Status for Chartership (GBC). On successful completion of the BPS Stage 2 Qualification, you can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a 'Sport and Exercise Psychologist'. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors to enquire about opportunities and supervisory fees.

Becoming a sport and exercise scientist (specialising in psychology). You should contact BASES about registering on their Supervised Experience (SE) pathway, which typically involves two years full-time (up to six years part-time) training as a 'Probationary Sport and Exercise Scientist'. Note that BASES requires that trainees intending to register on their SE pathway to have an undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification in sport and exercise science. On successful completion of the BASES SE pathway, individuals can apply to BASES for accreditation as a 'Sport and Exercise Scientist'. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors to enquire about opportunities and supervisory fees.

Academic: lecturer/professor

You should apply for a doctoral degree (PhD) in a topic area you are interested in. PhDs are typically three years of full-time study (up to five years part-time study) and in the UK, funded doctoral degrees are regularly advertised on www.jobs.ac.uk, the BASES website and university web pages. It is also possible to self-fund a doctoral degree - you are encouraged to identify topic areas you are interested in and contact potential supervisors to enquire about opportunities.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course have gone on to careers such as: sport and exercise psychologist, sport and exercise scientist, lecturer in sport and exercise psychology, and sport coach or exercise instructor/trainer. Other students have progressed to doctoral research in the field of sport and exercise psychology.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Anglia Ruskin University, High Performance Sport Coordinator
  • InnerDrive, Mental Skills Coach
  • Scottish Borders Council, Active Schools Coordinator
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club, Football Academy Performance Analyst
  • Carshalton College, Lecturer

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you will 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.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (good 2.1 of 65% or above) or equivalent international qualification) in sport and exercise science, psychology or a related field.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£10,950

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£23,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

Find out more about master's degree funding

Our students and academics

Our staff are international experts with specialisms in elite sport (Dr David Fletcher and Dr Chris Harwood), youth sport (Dr Chris Harwood and Dr Chris Spray), motivation (Dr Ian Taylor and Dr Chris Spray), group dynamics, leadership and interpersonal relationships (Dr Sophia Jowett), and exercise participation (Dr Clare Stevinson and Dr Anthony Papathomas). Our staff also work as practitioners with national governing sport bodies, individual athletes and professional teams. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with coaches, athletes, teams and sport and exercise psychologists.

Nicholas de Cruz

Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc student

Loughborough University is held in high regard among organisations and professionals in the UK and other countries such as Singapore, where I am from.