DPsych Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport and exercise psychology is a relatively new and increasingly popular area of applied psychology within the UK.

The DPsych Sport and Exercise Psychology is the only programme of its kind in Scotland, with a strong focus on developing outstanding therapeutic skills, inter-disciplinary learning, teaching and research.

Sport and exercise psychologists work in all areas of sport and exercise provision, especially professional and Olympic sports and increasing physical activity and exercise participation amongst the general population.

They represent a trusted and dependable structure within sports science provision at local, national and Olympic-level sport and across structures in professional football, rugby, golf and the national sports institutes (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England).

Sport and exercise psychologists draw upon psychological theory and research, applying them to prevent illness and injury, to promote the highest standards of performance and wellbeing, and increase exercise participation and motivation for all.

Module list

Consultancy and Training in Applied Psychology 1: Sport and Exercise; Interventions in Applied Psychology 1; Professional Development in Applied Psychology 1; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 1; Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Skills); Applied Psychology Practice 1 (Theory); Analytical Methods; Advanced Research in Applied Psychology 1; Critical Enquiry in Applied Psychology 2; Interventions in Applied Psychology.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The application deadline for this course is 12 March 2021. To ensure your application is considered please submit your full application including CV, qualifications and references by this deadline. There is no guarantee of consideration or acceptance for applications considered after the deadline. Therefore, your application will only be considered in the event we have places remaining on the programme and we have assessed all of our on-time applications.

Please note the final closing date for this programme is 28 May 2021. Applications received after this deadline will be withdrawn.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Full Time
3 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
DPsych Full Time 3 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent) in Psychology that meets British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) plus relevant work experience.

Subject to DBS, PVG and/or occupational health checks. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Direct access to year two with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS accredited) will be considered in line with GCU's Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Additional requirements

Applicants must also demonstrate a level of maturity and experience commensurate with the personal and professional requirements of the programme. Applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process, and will be subject to a CRB check.

Acceptance onto the programme will be subject to the outcome of the CRB check and sufficient demonstration of the relevant skills and motivation required to undertake the programme.

Students should provide an example of demonstrating relevant voluntary or paid work experience within a relevant field, for example, experience of voluntary or paid work relevant to the field.

Please note, students are expected to source their own potential placements prior to registration on the programme.

International pathways

This course features a mix of assessment and exams.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual tuition fees

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,500
International: £14,500

Scottish (Home) and UK: £7,000
International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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The fee for the programme includes all taught elements, research supervision, support in gaining placements and access to all the benefits of studying at Glasgow Caledonian University. There are additional costs as follows:

Clinical supervision
Although some group supervision is provided within programme teaching, detailed clinical supervision takes place in conjunction with placement practice. Some placements may provide appropriate supervision, but in many cases students will need to fund their supervision. This typically costs £40 - £70 per hour and should normally take place at least fortnightly.
Other costs
In addition to clinical supervision, students will have costs including: personal therapy (a minimum of 40 hours across the programme, with costs similar to supervision); books and additional learning materials; professional indemnity insurance (around £80 a year); a PVG application (around £60). You will be required to undertake an Occupational Health Screening which has a set fee of £20. You will have to pay the costs of travelling to and from your placements.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students receiving this award are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society. 

Students receiving the D.Psych in Sport and Exercise Psychology are eligible to apply for Chartership as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.