Understanding why and how people can change behaviour in the exercise and sports domain was a motivation for Fran to do the MSc Applied Exercise and Sport Psychology
Fran Ronan completed the part-time MSc Applied Exercise and Sport Psychology in 2020.
I graduated from the University of Chester in 1983 and progressed to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1984 from the University of Exeter and taught PE for 23 years in two schools in the UK and progressed to senior management. I have also coached swimming at the national and international levels in both the UK and Ireland. In 2008 I took up the post of Sport Coordinator in the Local Sports Partnership in County Wexford. I was involved with the Institute of Sport performance in Excellence Programme and the Sport Ireland Leadership programme, ARENA.
My motivation for doing the programme was:
When I decided to apply for the course, I had to ensure my employers and colleagues were ok, as the course would take time for me to complete away from the workplace — a challenge. Once getting permission, and having been accepted onto the course, reality set in ‘what was I doing going back to college’. But that's me. The area of study I knew I had an interest in terms of my day-to-day work and my passion for coaching and looking to improve myself. I need an understanding of why and how people can change behaviour in the exercise and sports domain.
The impact on my career:
The course, I believe, has met a number of my goals, to feel confident in my learning ability and enhance my need for knowledge to cope with change. To increase my understanding of working with athletes and groups in terms of behaviour change, both in their sport and in their need to increase physical activity and apply it confidently. It has given me insights into research in the area of exercise and physical activity and how this has a significant impact on interventions and national policy. In 2021 I was accepted for the Professional Doctorate in Human Performance and Innovation at The University of Limerick.
The module or part of the course that will benefit me most:
All modules had an impact at different levels. It was extremely engaging and motivating.
My advice for adult learners considering this programme is:
It was the best decision I have made. I proved a lot to myself and fulfilled the potential others saw in me, that I did not see myself and has given me a new perspective, and new skills. Embrace it, stretch yourself, and be comfortable being uncomfortable. Little steps.
Why I would recommend studying in Waterford:
Studying at Waterford gave me easy access to the course, in terms of travel and study commitment. It is a friendly campus and the good facilities. The lecturers are excellent with great experience and knowledge to guide you through the journey.