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Student, MSc Clinical Sport Psychology

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    1 year




    Our MSc Clinical Sport Psychology incorporates specialised teaching from practicing clinical and sport psychologists, and provides a curriculum that is at the cutting edge of research and practice.

    You will be part of a friendly and supportive community, in which you will learn from and work alongside research-active, and practice-oriented academics. The course will develop your knowledge and skills in clinical sport psychology while research training will equip you to enter a variety of research roles.

    The practice landscape of sport psychology in the UK is changing with a greater emphasis on athlete well-being and duty of care, alongside enhancing performance.

      All about the course

      The taught component of the programme is normally delivered over two days per week and you will be expected to engage in self-directed, independent learning outside of this time. The programme is comprised of 7 modules: four 20 credit “content modules”, two 20 credit “research methods” modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

      The curriculum is designed to be inclusive, challenging and transformative, embracing multiple approaches to learning. Sitting at the nexus between clinical and sport psychology, be prepared to accept uncertainty, expect to ask important questions, and anticipate being involved in the consumption and production of new knowledge.

      Entry requirements

      A BPS accredited undergraduate honours degree (normally a high 2:2 or above) in psychology or other relevant subject (e.g., sport and exercise sciences, education)


      Professional qualification relevant to clinical or sport psychology and/or minimum 3 years relevant experience in clinical or sport settings.

      If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate, please contact the University’s Admissions Department.

      International Students:

      CCCU welcomes and values applications from international students. International students applying for this programme are directed toward CCCU’s International application page for information regarding the application process, fees, scholarships, and partner institution opportunities (e.g., Erasmus+). Further information can be found here.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      BPS accredited degree or relevant professional qualification

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      The curriculum is designed to be inclusive, challenging and transformative, embracing multiple approaches to learning. Sitting at the nexus between clinical and sport psychology, be prepared to accept uncertainty, expect to ask important questions, and anticipate being involved in the consumption and production of new knowledge. You will normally attend teaching on two days per week (one day per week if you are part-time). All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020. During your time with us, you may experience some or all of the following forms of teaching and learning:


      Through lectures and directed readings you will progressively learn to recognise that (clinical) sport psychology incorporates a wide range of theoretical approaches, research methodologies, and types of evidence. Lectures tend to provide an organised framework for the exploration and application of knowledge.

      Seminars, group-work and tutorials:

      Discussion and group work in seminars and tutorials, enables you to engage critically and directly with historical and contemporary material germane to the discipline. By integrating, and/or contrasting ideas, and reflecting on the material presented, a sensitivity to the cultural, contextual and interpersonal factors associated with the research and practice of (clinical) sport psychology will be developed.

      Practicals and workshops:

      By taking part in group discussions, role-play, discussing case exemplars, knowledge and skill in a range of assessment approaches, and model-specific clinical skills will be developed. Workshops in statistics (e.g., SPSS, NVivo), will afford the development in a range of IT resources and software packages. Transferable skills, in communication, emotional intelligence, and leadership also emerge from active engagement in these types of learning environments.

      The MSc in Clinical Psychology will make use of the University’s VLE to support and enrich students’ learning and assessment. All individual modules have a dedicated VLE that supports learning, communication, assessment, and electronic feedback on assignments (see also below). Where appropriate and applicable, students can engage directly to support peer-assisted learning and the development of technological and communicative skills in an online environment.

      By engaging in independent learning (e.g., finding, assimilating, and organising information from a range of sources), and starting to take confidence and responsibility in your judgements about that information, these learning strategies facilitate the development of a depth and breadth of knowledge, confidence, and application.

      We offer a supportive community, in a challenging and enriching learning environment. Experienced researchers and practitioners teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars. Sometimes postgraduate students will contribute to the delivery and assessment under their guidance. Staff involved in the delivery of this programme include several HCPC registered Clinical and Sport and Exercise Psychologists. Across the programme, staff have experience of both practice and the publication of high quality, internationally-recognised research.

      We try to work collaboratively - the interface of Clinical and Sport Psychology is an interesting and exciting place, and encouraging reading, reflection and critical engagement in the ideas presented provides an opportunity for us all to learn.

      Dr Mark UphillCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      To achieve the learning outcomes associated with the theory, research and practice of clinical sport psychology, a range of assessment opportunities that engage you in systematic, critical reflection on the landscape, theory, research, and personal practice of clinical sport psychology are included within the curriculum.

      Assessment methods may include essay, case study, clinical skills, report, digital artefacts or poster presentation and are designed to develop your personal and professional competencies. Each module will normally have one or two assessments and prior to these submission points, students will be able to receive tutorial support and feedback from module staff.


      You will receive feedback on all assessments within 15 working days after submission. Often this feedback is written, but some staff may provide verbal feedback regarding performance on your assessments. You must achieve a pass park of 50 and above in order to pass the degree.

      Your future career

      Upon completion of the programme, students will be well-placed to pursue further study (e.g., PhD, or training toward professional accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council as a sport or, alongside relevant work experience, clinical psychologist.

      Research training will equip students to enter a variety of research roles, whilst a range of opportunities allied to mental health and behavioural change broadly may be appealing to some students.


      Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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