MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Master of ScienceApplied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Cork Road
18 mts

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The Master of Science in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the student with an in depth and comprehensive course of study in applied sport and exercise psychology designed to help enhance the sports participation and performance of athletes and coaches.  The overall aim of the course is to educate specialists in the field of Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology.  Graduates will have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to work in the area of enhancing sports performance, sports participation and best practice at a variety of age and performance levels. Graduates will have the ability to further the psychological development of athletes, coaches, teachers and other specialists from a broad-based, sound theoretical and applied course.  Applied sports psychology focuses on teaching skills to enhance athletic performance such as goal setting and imagery.  If you enjoy helping athletes and people achieve their full sporting and exercise potential, solving complex problems and working as part of a team, this field might be an ideal match for you.  The MSc has been designed to bridge the gap in the culture of Irish sport at all levels of development from introducing children to sport to elite performance.  Until now there has been an absence of opportunities for athletes, coaches, Physical Education teachers, Sports Science Graduates, Sports Leaders, Sports Development Officers, Volunteers and Exercise Specialists to upgrade knowledge and develop applied skills in the area of Sport Psychology.   A taught MSc offers graduates of sports science, recreation, physical education and psychology a pathway towards enhancing their professional development within the sports environment.

The aim of the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology provides the graduates with the ability to: 

  • Consult with athletes and teams with a view to providing psychological skills training appropriate to the individual and commensurate with their level of participation.

  • Consult with organizations, individuals and exercise professionals with regards to exercise psychology skills training and consultation.

  • Organise and operate workshops for coaches, teachers and exercise specialist in aspects of sport and exercise psychology.

  • Guide and advise clubs, schools, coaches, parents and athletes in the application of sport psychology theories and practices and assist NGBs in the area of planning and implementing policy relating to participation, performance and periodisation of the training from a psychological perspective.

  • Provide an arena for sports people to engage in reflective assessment of their involvement in sports, exercise and future developments.

  • Plan and conduct research in sport and exercise psychology.

Course Delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of methods consisting of lectures, seminars, workshops, projects, e-learning and placement. The course is a full time course and lectures will run every Monday from 9 to 5 in semester 1 and 2.  Students must attend the residential weeks in each semester. Semester 3 also consists of 1 residential week and will be used to facilitate meetings with a personal portfolio supervisor.  A student who accumulates 60 credits in Semester 1 and 2 and who does not wish to complete the MSc may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology.

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 MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology


Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Applied Sport PsychologyExecutive Business Coaching
Contemporary Social PsychologyExercise Psychology
Team Building StrategiesSports Performance Psychology
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Mental Skills Training
Personal & Professional Portfolio Sport & Exercise Psychology

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelors degree at honours level (Level 8) in the areas of sports science, recreation and sport or physical education   OR  A bachelors degree at honours level (Level 8) in psychology or a related discipline and a level of significant performance and/or coaching experience in sport accompanied by necessary qualifications  OR   Equivalent qualification, accreditation may be given to prior learning and previous sporting experience.

  • WIT wishes to carefully evaluate applications from non-standard applicants. The number of places available on the course will be limited therefore an interview process may be required in the student selection procedure.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.



Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at


How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to

In recent years developments in the coach education area have made it necessary for the development of psychological skills in young athletes and mental training to become a part of the delivery of coach education courses at all levels. Graduates of this programme will be expected to gain employment as sport psychology consultants working within coaching structures at a variety of levels.  This MSc is designed to provide opportunities for athletes, coaches, physical education teachers, sports science graduates, sports leaders, sports development officers, volunteers and exercise specialists to upgrade their knowledge and develop applied skills in the area of sport, performance and exercise psychology.

Completion of the MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology can provide the basis for further professional qualifications by both the Irish Institute of Sport and the British Association of Sport Sciences. Both these organisations require a MSc in the field of sport and exercise psychology for professional recognition.

Student Testimonials
'After completing the Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology in Waterford IT in 2008 I secured employment with the Irish Rugby Union Players Association as a Player Services Advisor. I deliver Career and Personal Development Programmes to current Professional Players, Academy Players and Past Professional Players.  I found the masters extremely beneficial for my current role and do not believe I would have achieved the role without it. In my everyday role there are numerous times when I use the education and principles from the course such as goal setting (for myself and the players), problem solving, conflict resolution, confidence building, distraction tools, compliance skills and motivation techniques. What's clever about this course is that there is a focus on both sports and exercise psychology allowing graduates pursue careers in a variety of pathways, not limiting them to sport.  It also allows for the transfer of knowledge from the sporting world to everyday life and vice-versa, developing a holistic graduate/coach.'  Maeve Smith, IRUPA Player Services Advisor

'I have set up a sport psychology consultancy business (Inspiring Excellence) since completing my masters in Sport Psychology. I find the experience and education gained through my time on the course has given me the confidence and ability to work with elite athletes across a wide spectrum of sports.' Shane O’Sullivan Waterford Hurler

'I graduated from the MA in Sport Psychology from WIT in 2009.  In 2012 I was asked to get involved with the Clare Senior Hurlers, providing a similar range of services and again throughout their All Ireland winning campaign of 2013 I coached and provided Sport Psychology services to the entire panel.'  Seoirse Bulfin, Sports and Recreation Manager, Limerick Institute of Technology

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Course Leader

  • Fitzpatrick, Gerry

    - Gerry Fitzpatrick

    Email: [email protected]

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