Sport and exercise psychology is a relatively new and increasingly popular area of applied psychology within the UK.
The DPsych Sport and Exercise Psychology is the only programme of its kind in Scotland, with a strong focus on developing outstanding therapeutic skills, inter-disciplinary learning, teaching, and research.
Sport and exercise psychologists work in all areas of sport and exercise provision, especially professional and Olympic sports and increasing physical activity and exercise participation amongst the general population.
They represent a trusted and dependable structure within sports science provision at local, national and Olympic-level sport and across structures in professional football, rugby, golf and the national sports institutes (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England).
Sport and exercise psychologists draw upon psychological theory and research, applying them to prevent illness and injury, to promote the highest standards of performance and well-being, and increase exercise participation and motivation for all.
What you will study
The DPsych in Sport and Exercise Psychology is currently subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Subject approval by the HCPC, students who successfully complete the DPsych in Sport and Exercise Psychology will be eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical entry requirements
Year 1: normally a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology with eligibility for GBC with the BPS. Students applying for admission may be eligible for specific module exemption, based on previous qualifications or experience. The University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Framework is used to confirm any exemptions.
Year 2: students who have attained an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BSP accredited) may be considered for direct entry to the Doctoral level study (at Year 2 of the programme). The University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Framework is used to confirm any exemptions.
Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 7.0.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Applicants must also demonstrate a level of maturity and experience commensurate with the personal and professional requirements of the programme. Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process and will be subject to a CRB check.
Acceptance into the programme will be subject to the outcome of the CRB check and sufficient demonstration of the relevant skills and motivation required to undertake the programme.
Students should provide an example of demonstrating relevant voluntary or paid work experience within a relevant field, e.g. experience of voluntary or paid work relevant to the field.
Please note, students are expected to source their own potential placements prior to registration on the programme.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £5500
- RUK: £5500
- EU: £5500
- International: £12600
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
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