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M.Sc. in PERFORMANCE Psychology

General aspects

Attainment level (B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD): M.Sc.

Name Organisation/ University: 

Address: Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh 

Country: United Kingdom

Organizational aspects

Number of spots: -

Costs/tuition fee: £13,00 (UK) £28,800 (International)

Start of the program: 9 September 2024

Application deadline: 06 June 2024

Language of tuition: English

Admittance of foreign students: yes

Study duration/ Workload (ECTS): 4 semesters (2 years), 120 Credit Points

Study structure/mode: Part-time Intermittent Study, Full-time, Part-time

Practical internship (yes/no): No

Formal supervision (yes/no):No

Additional aspects

 Study focus:

Increasingly, high-level performance relies on an understanding of the psychology of stamina and success, not only in sport but in areas as diverse as business, the performing arts, the military and emergency services.

Drawing on current research and practice, this fascinating programme introduces you to the issues that relate to both individual and group performance. It then encourages you to develop techniques to minimise the influence of limitations, such as anxiety and distraction.

Striking a balance between psychological methods and the wider professional skills needed to apply them, the courses will give you the knowledge and tools you will need to critically appraise and apply scientific literature and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.


Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars and directed reading.

You will complete a series of seven taught courses that cover key topics related to performance psychology as well as essential professional skills for scientific practitioners such as legal and ethical issues and effective communication.

Courses are designed to develop your ability to critically appraise scientific literature and to apply research methods. This will enable you to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research, following the established principles of rigorous scientific study.

These courses are:

  • Dynamics of Performance Teams

  • Peak Performance

  • Planning and Instruction for Performance

  • Professional Skills in Development Environments

  • Research Process

  • Stress: Coping and Control

  • Understanding Research Concepts

To graduate with the MSc degree, you will also produce an independently researched dissertation.

What to do afterwards, jobs perspectives

This programme is ideally suited for those interested in working in sport psychology and in related areas, where you can capitalise on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology, such as:

  • occupational or business psychology

  • executive coaching

  • team building

  • outdoor management and adventurous training

Recent graduates have taken up roles in:

  • private consultancy in sports, business, music/performing arts

  • management and technical roles in sporting bodies

  • sports psychology practice in Sport Institute (public funded)

  • lifestyle management in Sports Institute

  • military and training agencies (for example, primary medical care)

  • research (PhD in sports and business/management fields)

  • further professional training, such as for Clinical or Educational psychology

  • initial jobs in business to develop into Human Resource role

  • teaching / lecturing (Higher & Tertiary education)

  • outdoor and adventure training

You may choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or apply the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management to a career in any field.

Entry Requirements

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline, such as psychology, exercise psychology, organisational behaviour, or sport science.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

How to apply

Online via the website

Click HERE to apply


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