Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology MSc From University of Limerick

Program Overview

This MSc. programme is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to sport, exercise and performance settings in order to enhance wellbeing and performance. It seeks to equip candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research and develop core competencies and professional skills across a range of key domains including the following: motor cognition and skill acquisition; performance psychology; exercise and mental health; applied positive psychology; organisational behaviour and wellbeing; professional issues and ethics; and research design and methods. The core aims of the programme are to create an outstanding and distinctive learning experience through innovations in teaching (e.g. e-learning module in applied positive psychology), instilling a scientist practitioner approach across both sport and exercise contexts and highlighting the role of ethical considerations in practice.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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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)
  • Exercise Psychology & Mental Health

Choose from either:

  • Advanced Empirical Psychology (6 credits)

  • Qualitative Research Methods In Psychology (6 credits)

Semester 2 (Summer)    

  • Psychological Skills Training for Sports Performance (6 Credits)
  • Professional Competencies 4 (6 credits)
  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology (6 credits)
  • Applied Positive Psychology (6 credits)
  • Psychology Research Dissertation Development (6 credits)

Semester 3 (Autumn)

  • Dissertation in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (30 credits)

An undergraduate degree, 2.2  honours degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g., psychology). RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those without a related degree.

Entrants with degrees that meet either the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or British Psychological Society (BPS) graduate entry requirements will receive the same award as students without this status (e.g., BSc. Sport and Exercise Science graduates) but the former will be able to apply to PSI/BPS for recognition of their progress towards accreditation. It is envisaged that the Masters degree will be recognised as stage one of the PSI/BPS recognition process (stage 3 comprises supervised experience. Accreditation from will be applied for in advance of start date so the Masters programme. will have  "Accreditation Applied" status).

Entry to the programme will be based on the result of an oline application and appropriate academic references. There will be no interview.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

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

  • Track I: Teaching/research in sport sciences & also consulting;
  • Track II: Teaching/research in psychology & also consulting;
  • Track III: Clinical/Counseling services to various populations including athletes;
  • Track IV: Health promotion and working with clients but not necessarily athletes.

Furthermore, there is a demand for training in this field for those whose ambition is to work in high performance sport settings. In Ireland and the UK, many of those trained in sport psychology have undertaken roles as performance directors, professional 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.


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