Project Description

Master of Science in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology


Programme Information
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Programme Overview

Programme Background

The Master of Science in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology is a unique programme that has been designed in association with a panel of leading experts from the sport, health & fitness industries. With an industry focus, this programme is highly practical and applied, teaching many skills and tools for success in addition to covering the key theoretical components. This programme is designed for practitioners first and foremost, with routes to progress in academia facilitated also.

It is the first programme that has been designed to serve 2 different student streams across multiple international locations. Students from a psychological background enter the programme with ‘graduate basis for chartered membership’ (GBC) from their professional society accredited bachelor’s programme. The programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the main professional societies to continue that GBC pathway at grad-school level. Students coming from a sport science or S&C background will benefit from the structures put in place by the professional psychological societies but also gain exposure to the requirements of the more applied non-psychological industry societies.

This programme has been developed to facilitate the learning of working professionals as well as recent graduates who wish to gain experience while they study. Delivered in a flexible fashion over 18-24 months with weekly lectures delivered online and fitting flexibly into your current life commitments. Led by World-leading practitioners, this programme offers students the opportunity to learn from those who are active in the work environment alongside their research and teaching.

Modules covered:

  1. Research Methods & Data Management
  2. Reflective Sport & Exercise Psychology in Practice
  3. Cognition, Perception & Neuropsychology
  4. Psychological Skills Training & Interventions
  5. Social Psychology – Interpersonal & Group Processes
  6. Enhancing Health & Wellbeing
  7. Applied Project

Course Duration

The programme duration is 84 weeks. This includes:

  • 6 Online Modules (each module is 12 weeks in duration)
  • Final Project (additional 3 months to complete)

A joint programme by:

Setanta and the Irish American University

The Master of Science in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology is awarded by Irish American University under its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, one of the world’s leading accrediting bodies. Furthermore, Setanta Professional Advisory Board, other subject matter experts, and international sporting organisations have informed, reviewed, and approved the programme content. This includes World Rugby, the Titleist Performance Institute, and the NSCA who recognise our programmes and qualifications.

Course Details & Enrolment

This programme has been developed to facilitate the learning of working professionals as well as recent graduates who wish to gain experience while they study. The old graduate school model of suspending your life for a period of 12-24 months is no longer feasible in a world of disruption and fast-paced innovation. This programme is delivered in a flexible fashion over 18-24 months with weekly lectures delivered online and fitting flexibly into your current life commitments.

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Final Project and Assessment

You will submit a final project following the completion of the five online modules. During the online element you will receive guidance and mentoring from a tutor who will assist you in the selection of a final project.

Upon completion of the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competencies in the following areas:

  • The ability to critically evaluate the current knowledge, theory, and evidence base relevant to the discipline of sport and exercise psychology.
  • To develop the advanced knowledge skills and capabilities required for effective sport and exercise psychology practice.
  • To evaluate sport and exercise psychology’s role in the broader discipline of sport and exercise science and to integrate methodologies in an interdisciplinary manner.
  • To utilise a range of appropriate practical techniques to enable a range of solutions to psychological challenges.
  • To evaluate and apply appropriate research methods applicable to psychological inquiry
  • The capacity to apply relevant ethical, legal, and professional practice frameworks and to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
  • To communicate effectively (verbally and non-verbally) with a range of audiences and to disseminate their work in a range of appropriate formats.
  • The ability to synthesize information from multiple sources into comprehensive and appropriate support systems.
  • To be able to reflect on one’s practice critically and to develop a professional identity

Graduates of this Master of Science in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology are uniquely positioned for successful careers in a variety of different areas. Graduates will typically pursue employment as psychologists in sport, exercise, performance, or health at professional sporting organisations, NGBs, government-led councils, or in consultancy practices. There is also the doctoral progression options that lead into academia and lecturing/research opportunities. Many other students will operate as mental skills coaches and performance coaches in sport, exercise, and even business settings. Having a knowledge of psychology and how to enhance human performance is an indispensable understanding and can lead graduates to success in many job areas outside of psychology driven career paths.

Our Alumni are highly employable throughout the world. Currently, our graduates are engaged in the following sectors:

  • Premiership Football
  • European Golf Tour
  • PGA Tour (USA)
  • AFL Australia
  • Australia Rugby Union
  • England Rugby Union
  • Irish Rugby Football Union
  • French Rugby Federation
  • NFL (USA)
  • World Rugby
  • International Sports Teams

Candidates may be accepted onto the programme who hold an undergraduate degree or higher, with preference given to applicants with related subjects such as, but not limited to:

  • Psychology
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Health & Fitness
  • Sport Science
  • Physical Education
  • Nutrition
  • Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy
  • Anatomy, Physiology
  • Kinesiology/Bio-Kinetics
  • Human Biology
  • Dance Science, Movement Science
  • Athletic Training/Therapy
  • Strength & Conditioning


An appropriate professional qualification and at least five years relevant experience


Special Case Registrations: Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) entry will be available for those without a related degree. Individual assessment will apply and applicants will be subject to interview.

English proficiency to be demonstrated through any of the following:

– GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
– IELTS with an average overall score of 6.5 for postgraduate study with at least a 5.5 in each component TOEFL IBT minimum score of 88 IBT for Postgraduate **
– Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 for postgraduate study with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill for undergraduate and postgraduate
– Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programs.
– Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each element for the majority of postgraduate programs

Setanta College holds a number of academic accreditations alongside industry recognitions. From a European perspective, Setanta College has programmes that are validated by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Irish governmental accrediting agency. QQI programmes are recognised globally under various European and EU initiatives, which offers graduates a significant advantage globally. In North America, Setanta holds provisional State Authorisation to operate as a higher education institution in the USA under approval from the Commission of Independent Education (CIE) of the Florida Department of Education. Also, from a US perspective, this programme is regionally accredited by the Irish American University under their award of accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of the world’s leading accrediting bodies and the accreditors of a large number of US Ivy League schools.

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  • Annual Intakes: March & September
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