Psychological support in sport has emerged as an essential element of sport performance and athlete wellbeing, with sports people at all levels able to benefit from advice provided by appropriately trained professionals in this field.
This exciting new master’s course is ideal for any sport and exercise science graduate wishing to pursue a career in the field of sport psychology. This course provides you with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of a range of contemporary issues, enabling the design and implementation of evidence-based delivery of support appropriate for a range of clients. Development of practical skills include practice of verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, reflection and problem solving. You will be given the opportunity to develop creative methods of delivery that can be adapted to specialist and non-specialist audiences both in the UK and globally.
The course content is mapped to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Supervised Experience (SE) and Accreditation competencies, thus allowing you to progress your career pathway towards achieving the status of BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology). The course also recognises the demands of the new BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) which is suitable if you are interested in gaining entry to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
This course has been designed to develop your understanding of the principles of sport psychology and their role in the development and support of a range of client groups.
You will employ your understanding of the scientific basis of sport psychology that covers the theory, principles and background required to inform assessment and interventions in sport performance. The course content includes issues related to talent development and management in sport, group dynamics, conceptual issues, performance enhancement and professional practice.
As well as subject-specific knowledge, we will encourage you to develop an, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in sport psychology. You will be given the opportunity to develop a range of applied skills through a variety of case studies, laboratory sessions and group work. These skills include reflection, self-evaluation and management, coaching and mentoring, verbal and non-verbal communication.
Our aim is to effectively prepare you for professional employment, so we focus on providing enhanced practical and professional skills through a combination of lectures, group work and case studies. The nature of the course also enables topical aspects to be discussed, for example governing body requirements and sport psychology delivery across the globe.
You also have the opportunity to complete in-depth research study in the area of sport psychology, therefore the course will cover qualitative and quantitative research methods, relating these to specific areas of investigation.
The course content is mapped to the BASES Supervised Experience (SE) competencies. If you wish to continue through the SE route you would be required to build upon this grounding and develop further skills in order to satisfy all the competencies required. The course is delivered by academics who are active researchers and/or BASES Accredited practitioners therefore they may be able to offer BASES supervision, allowing you to begin your SE training alongside their study.
Our experienced faculty includes active researchers who also work or consult for governments, international organisations and prominent think tanks.
In the most recent national research assessment, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 69% of Coventry University’s research in Politics and International Studies was recognised internationally, of which 32% was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
This course is one of the first in the UK to offer an integrated study of terrorism, organised crime and global security. It will provide you with an informed understanding of key threats that are posed to world politics, how they have evolved and the differing – occasionally controversial – national responses.
Throughout taught sessions, we will draw on case studies and practical illustrations. For instance, during ‘The Ticking Time Bomb Debate’, we consider whether it is justified to use torture on a captured individual, credibly identified as a terrorist leader with knowledge of the whereabouts of a ‘dirty bomb’ capable of killing thousands planted in the centre of London and timed to go off within 24 hours. In another exercise, we undertake a ‘mafia vs antimafia simulation’ on the challenges mafia/organised criminal groups pose to civil society and law enforcement agencies. Previous simulations have included case studies in Mexico, West Africa, the Balkans, Southern Italy and Japan.
Our innovative teaching includes opportunities to enhance your digital skills. For example, during the international security field trip to Sicily (subject to availability, application, additional costs and meeting any applicable visa costs), you will be introduced to a variety of topics analysing both the role of Cosa Nostra and the antimafia experiences in Sicily and state and non-state responses to the trafficking and smuggling of human beings. Then, working in teams, you will have the opportunity to develop an area you are particularly interested in and produce a 10-minute (maximum) information video-podcast on the topic. The podcast must contain at least one of the following, as appropriate to the chosen topic: secondary footage (respecting issues of copyright); primary interviews; and observation (respecting ethical considerations, particularly consent for filming others).
Why choose this course?
The course is predominantly delivered by academics who are active researchers and/or BASES Accredited practitioners, who engage with applied practice, events, research, producing papers and presentations on a range of topics. Under the guidance of staff, you will be able to enhance your professional skills including verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, reflection and problem solving.
Elements of the course are taught alongside other UK and overseas MSc students on related courses such as Strength and Conditioning and Sports and Exercise Nutrition, giving you an opportunity to gain appreciation of other disciplines that you may need to work alongside in future careers.
The course also features course-based assessment, which allows you to produce work that combines themes taught across more than one module. This again allows you the opportunity to consider a greater range of factors that may impact upon the assessment and delivery of support to specific populations.
The course is unusual in that it combines the study of sport psychology and the innovation of business to expand your horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to the area by including the study of the Chartered Management Institute accredited Coaching and Mentoring: Global Professional Development module. This module is part of a University-wide scheme designed to provide practical and theoretical understanding of how coaching and mentoring can be used in a range of settings in different organisations and sectors. It also covers principles and practice of strategic leadership, raising awareness of the potential range of environments both in the UK and overseas that the graduate may be required to work in.
A high percentage of the staff delivering our current sport related courses within the School of Life Sciences have higher degrees and hold the Higher Education Academy accredited Coventry University Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or an equivalent qualification. In addition, many staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
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