MSc Sports Science (Sports & Exercise Psychology Track)

Careers & Outcomes

Program Length

12 Months

Total Duration

Total ECTS Credits


Tuition Fee (Full Program)

10,900 EUR



Program Overview

This innovative degree consists of 4 individual diplomas that can be taken as a standalone qualification that creates a pathway for you to gain an MSc degree. After you complete the diplomas you gain your MSc with the submission of a thesis.


This degree is designed for those who work or would like to work in the areas of sport psychology. Please note that this course will not qualify you as a psychologist, but will equip you will key skills that can be used in a wide range of settings.


Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


Scholarships up to 50% of Program Fees available


Scholarships are available for deserving candidates. You can apply for a scholarship only after you have applied for this program through our application portal. After submission of your application, you will receive your application number. This application number is required when you apply for a scholarship. If you already have your application number, please apply for the scholarship by clicking the link below.




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Program Length

12 Months

Total ECTS Credits


Max. Number of Transfer Credits:


Courses Overview


Four Diplomas and one day-long online course on Research Methods
Project on completion of the four modules and the course Research

Award of Professional Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise

Diplomas – Ten weeks each (eight lectures each)
Research module – One day-long online course (recorded live)
Submission of project/dissertation – Ten weeks (two weeks for
proposal submission and approval) and eight weeks for completion of
Diploma One – Introduction to Sports and Exercise Psychology
Diploma Two – Positive Psychology in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Diploma Three – Elite Performance in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Diploma Four – Mental Health Awareness and Practice in Sports and
Exercise Psychology


Diploma One:

Introduction to Sports and Exercise
Introduction to Sports and Exercise Psychology
Motivation and the Winning Mind
Personality in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Compassion, Empathy, and Transformation
Stress in Exercise and Sports Psychology
Focus in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Groups and Teams in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Mental toughness and Resilience


Diploma Two:

Positive Psychology in Sports and Exercise
Positive Self and Development
The Psychology of Happiness
Giftedness, creativity, and wisdom
Character Strengths and Positive Traits
Positive Relationships
Hope and Optimism
Emotional Intelligence
Positive Psychology Therapy


Diploma Three:

ElitePerformance in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Characteristics and Skills of Elite Athletes
The Brain of an Elite Athlete
The Hero’s Journey in Elite Sports
Elite Athletes and Coping with Injury – from theory to practice
Emotion regulation and elite performance
The role of Superior Performance Intelligence in Elite sport
Perfectionism and Performance
Elite Level Performance “In the Zone”


Diploma Four:

Mental Health Awareness and Practice in Sports and Exercise Psychology
Theories of Well-Being and flourishing
Healthy body, healthy mind?
Eating Disorders in Athletes
Substance Abuse in Athletes
Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Elite Athletes
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for athletes
Counseling athletes in distress
Spotlight on the Performance Coach (PC)


Careers & Outcomes

Job Growth



The course is relevant to those interested and involved in the sport and leisure industry eg. coaches, athletes, strength & conditioning professionals, physiotherapists, P.E. teachers, personal trainers, etc. The course may also be of interest to business leaders and managers in terms of understanding what drives performance, staff motivation, leadership, and team cohesion. The course will examine a broad range of topical issues with the sport and exercise psychology profession through the application of theory and research.


  • To provide students with a sound understanding of key theoretical issues within the field of sport and exercise psychology.
  • To enable students to develop an in-depth understanding of the application of theory and research to sport and exercise settings.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to gain insight and practical skills that will enhance their work with individuals and groups in a sport and exercise context.
  • To facilitate students in acquiring critical and self-reflective awareness of the individual differences and ethical concerns and implications of applying psychology in sport and exercise settings.


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.



Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline


Qualifications Waiver:

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). Rushford generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. Please contact us at 


Proficiency in English:

Evidence of Proficiency in English

IELTS 6.0+ , OR

PTE 50+ , OR

TOEFL 550+, OR

Any other proficiency test taken in the last 2 years


English Proficiency Waiver:

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

Native English Speakers, OR;

Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB), OR;

Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country, OR;

2 years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work


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