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We offer the only sports psychology Masters in Scotland that’s accredited by the British Psychological Society. Our interdisciplinary course is designed to meet the current needs of this growing industry and prepare you for a range of rewarding jobs.

You’ll develop a critical understanding of contemporary sports psychology theory and research that you can draw on to facilitate better performances by individuals and teams. You’ll graduate with a broad knowledge of the field, as well as clear insights into the areas that interest you most. You’ll also benefit from the presence of elite-level athletes and sports agencies based right here on the University campus.

Our expert teaching staff includes Chartered Psychologists, registered Sport and Exercise Psychologists and practitioners and supervisors accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. All of their knowledge and research has been incorporated into this Masters course, so you can be confident you’ll leave Stirling with the best possible preparation for a career in sports psychology.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to ensure you can:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories in sports psychology, including a broad knowledge of psychological skills, strategies and techniques to facilitate performance enhancement within individuals and teams
  • apply a variety of assessment methods in order to develop comprehensive profiles for performance enhancement work
  • identify areas of practice that could benefit from research and design
  • conduct and evaluate an investigation in sport or exercise psychology
  • develop and utilise quantitative and qualitative research skills

An unrivalled environment

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we’re closely aligned with many sports bodies and have links with a growing number of organisations who can help to facilitate research projects, work experience and guest lectures. Our campus is also home to the National Tennis Centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a host of other five-star facilities. As you study for your Psychology of Sport Masters, you’ll also have a chance to develop your experience by working with some of the elite athletes who make use of these facilities.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It meets the requirements of BPS Stage 1 training and enables progression onto Stage 2 on route to becoming a sport and exercise psychologist.

Work placements

Students will engage with a client group in module SPSP061 (Public Engagement in Sport Psychology) from the early part of the course and be given an opportunity to plan, deliver and evaluate a programme of mental skills delivery.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Faculty facilities

1st in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for good sports facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017).

Research overview

The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences was ranked 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).