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Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | 11-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

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Course Summary

Programme description

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, 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 you'll undertake will give you the knowledge and tools you'll need to critically appraise and apply scientific literature and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.

Career opportunities

This programme is ideally suited for those interested in working in sport psychology and in related areas such as occupational or business psychology, executive coaching, team building, outdoor management and adventurous training, where you can capitalise on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology.


This course reflects the need for students to understand fundamental concepts that underpin scientific research in order to be able to critically evaluate the strength of the research discussed throughout their programme of study. The course will contrast different philosophical approaches that epitomise quantitative and qualitative approaches and discuss fundamental issues that determine the quality of research articles and the conclusions drawn from them such as research biases, power, effect size, significance, credibility and trustworthiness of data.

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Entry requirements

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

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