MSc in Sports, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 24 months

  • Start dates: Spring

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 9 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Tuition Fee: From 12,351 € / year

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This Master’s program is dedicated to providing a solid foundation in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to sport, exercise, and performance environments to improve wellness and fitness. performance. There is a demand for training in this field for those whose ambition is to work in high performance sports environments. In Ireland and the UK, many of those trained in sports psychology have taken on roles as performance managers, professional sports coaches and sports management.

Program description

This program seeks to equip candidates with a solid understanding of theory and research and to develop basic competencies and professional skills in a variety of key domains including the following: motor cognition and acquisition of skills; performance psychology; exercise and mental health; applied positive psychology; organizational behavior and well-being; professional and ethical issues; and research design and methods. The main objectives of the program are to create an exceptional and distinctive learning experience through innovations in teaching (for example, e-learning module in applied positive psychology).

This master’s program aims to:

  • Provide a connected and student-centered curriculum that enables students to develop their ability to think critically and acquire a broad set of attributes identified by UL as knowledgeable, proactive, innovative, responsible, articulate, and collaborative.
  • Expand the traditional scope of sport psychology by focusing on restoring performance, resilience and mental health, in instead of focusing exclusively on improving performance.
  • Improve understanding of mental health challenges in sports contexts using a positive psychology approach. < / li>
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  • Leading the provision of postgraduate training in this evolving field of performance psychology. </ li>
  • Provide stage one of the recognition process to sport and exercise psychologists for PSI and BPS. </ span >
  • Include appropriate skills to allow graduates to develop a case study as part of their application for professional Institute membership Irish Sport.

Career options

The MSc. in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, the first program of its kind at the university level in Ireland, aims to prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities in the four tracks identified by the American Psychological Association, Division 47 Sports and exercise psychology. Specifically, these include:

  • Teaching / research in sports science and also consulting;
  • Teaching / research in psychology and also consulting;
    Clinical / counseling services for diverse populations, including athletes;
  • Health promotion and work with clients, but not necessarily with athletes;

Program structure

Semester 1 – Spring

  • Performance psychology (6 credits)
  • Work design and employee well-being (6 credits)
  • Motor cognition: understanding action in performance and rehabilitation contexts (6 credits) </ li >
  • Exercise psychology and mental health

Choose between:

  • Advanced empirical psychology (6 credits)
  • Qualitative research methods in psychology (6 credits)

Semester 2 – Summer

  • Psychological skills training for sports performance (6 credits)
  • Professional skills 4 (6 credits)
  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology (6 credits)
  • Applied positive psychology (6 credits)
  • Development of research thesis in psychology (6 credits)

Semester 3 – Fall

  • Thesis in Sports, Exercise and Performance Psychology (30 credits)

Admission requirements

  • An honorary degree (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland Level 8 or other internationally recognized equivalent) in a relevant subject or appropriate, eg psychology.
  • For international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, an officially translated degree will be required.
  • In addition, the CV (Curriculum Vitae) must be included in the application; Scanned copy of any psychological society membership and CPD workshop attendance; and a copy of the birth certificate or passport.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognized equivalent).

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