Training in Focus: MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Are you thinking of upskilling? In recent years developments in the coach education area have made it necessary for the development of psychological skills in young athletes and mental training to become a part of the delivery of coach education courses at all levels. If you want to take your career into the next level, why not consider the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Course Content

This MSc is designed to provide opportunities for athletes, coaches, physical education teachers, sports science graduates, sports leaders, sports development officers, volunteers and exercise specialists to upgrade their knowledge and develop applied skills in the area of sport, performance and exercise psychology.

The programme is delivered through a blend of methods consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops, projects, e-learning and placement. The course is a full-time course and lectures will run every Monday from 9 to 5 in semester 1 and 2. Students must attend the residential weeks in each semester. Semester 3 also consists of 1 residential week and will be used to facilitate meetings with a personal portfolio supervisor.

Sport and Exercise Psychology Career Opportunities

This is a competitive field. As a professional, a qualification like this will make you stand out from the crowd. In Ireland and the UK, many of those trained in applied sport and exercise psychology have undertaken roles as performance directors, sport coaches and sport management. Thus employability is likely to be strong not just for those who wish to train as practitioners, but for those for whom a postgraduate qualification in this domain augments their other qualifications and professional experience. Completion of the MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology can provide the basis for further professional qualifications by both the Irish Institute of Sport and the British Association of Sport Sciences. Both these organisations require a MSc in the field of sport and exercise psychology for professional recognition.

Student Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it. Here are the reactions of past graduates:

Emmett Hughes: ‘I was intrigued by both the content and the insights from the lecturers on the programme. The staff are engaging and very generous with their time. They are also highly experienced in the area. I really enjoyed this holistic teaching to the whole programme and benefitted greatly from this personal approach.’

Shane O’Sullivan Waterford Hurler: ‘I have set up a sport psychology consultancy business (Inspiring Excellence) since completing my masters in Sport Psychology. I find the experience and education gained through my time on the course has given me the confidence and ability to work with elite athletes across a wide spectrum of sports’

Seoirse Bulfin: ‘Since I graduated, I have been involved in the coaching and sports psych input to the Waterford Senior Hurlers in 2011. In 2012, I was asked to get involved with the Clare Senior Hurlers, providing a similar range of services and again throughout their All Ireland winning campaign of 2013, I coached and provided Sport Psych services to the entire panel. In my role as Sport and Recreation Manager in Limerick Institute of Technology I have taught some of the Sports Psychology modules on the Sports Courses in LIT. I am currently teaching the Sport Psychology module for the inaugural Arsenal FC Gap programme to be run outside of London and is based in LIT’.

Entry Requirements

Thinking of applying? You will need an undergraduate honours degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or other internationally recognised equivalent) honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g., sport science, psychology). RPL (Recognise Prior Learning) entry will be available for those without a related degree.

Enquire about this course now with the Waterford Institute of Technology.


Gemma Creagh

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