Online application for the MSc Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology is open and will close on the 10th October 2018 for a January 2019 intake. The MScSport, Exercise and Performance Psychology is a one year full-time postgraduate programme. The programme equips students with a sound understanding of theory and research and develops core competencies and professional skills across a range of key domains such as 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.
Start Date: January 2019
Duration: 1 Calendar Year
Department: Physical Education and Sport Sciences
Applications Open Now
Approach to Learning
Typically a range of individual and group presentations, combined with essays, case studies and reports, culminating with a dissertation.
An undergraduate degree, 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland or other internationally recognised equivalent) honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject (e.g., psychology). RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) entry will be available for those without a related degree.
The first university level course in the field, this year long programme will seek accreditation from both PSI and BPS. Modules reflect the diversity of approaches within this emerging discipline.
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.
“As an international student, professors and classmates also go above and beyond to make you feel welcome, comfortable and at home. In addition to providing me with a Masters level education, studying internationally at UL has given me the opportunity to experience different cultures, meet incredible people, and see a new country.”
Bridget Connors (USA) MSc student 2018/19
“I need to say, I enjoy every lecturer’s class, and they have different styles. I have finished my spring semester and summer semester, I really appreciate my lecturers’ efforts, they not only provide me useful knowledge, but also let me know how to study sports psychology. Mark lets me know how interesting an experiment is, Tadgh shows me how to make my life more positive, Matthew taught me how to deal with data and do Meta-analysis. In a word, the memory in teh PESS building is unforgettable! “
Wen Yang (China) MSc Student 2018/19
For additional information, please contact Course Director
Dr Mark Campbell PhD
Course Director – MSc Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
University of Limerick
Castletroy, Limerick. Ireland
Mark Campbell PhD IIS Reg. Psychol., Ps.S.I. joined the PESS department in January 2011 as a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. He has a B.A (2002) and a Ph.D. (2006) in Psychology from University College Dublin. Mark’s doctoral thesis was funded with an IRCHSS scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Mark’s teaching and research interests focus on two main areas: motor cognition and applied sport psychology interventions. Researchgate
Dr. Matthew Herring PhD joined the PESS faculty in August 2014 as a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. He has a B.S.c. in Psychology (2003), M.Ed. in Counseling (2005), M.S.c. in Exercise Science (2007), and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology (2010) with a specialization in Exercise Psychology from The University of Georgia (UGA) in the US. His primary research interests focus on the effects of exercise on mental health outcomes, particularly anxiety and depression, among otherwise healthy adults and patients with cardiometabolic disorders, cancer, chronic pain, and/or obesity, as well as the putative mechanisms (e.g., neurobiological, inflammatory) of exercise adoption, response, and adherence. Researchgate
Tadhg MacIntyre PhD IIS CPsychol. AFBPS, HPC Reg. Psychol., afPs.S.I. commenced his position at UL in August, 2012. He graduated from UCD with a B.A. in psychology (1993), a first class honours M.A. (1996) and a IRCHSS funded doctorate in (2007). His research focus is on motor cognition, positive psychology and professional issues in performance psychology. Researchgate