University of Edinburgh

MSc Performance Psychology


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Performance Psychology

Format: Campus

Program 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 also give you the knowledge and tools you’ll need to be able to critically appraise and apply scientific literature, and to plan, conduct and disseminate your own research.


This qualification could lead to a career that capitalises on the increasing interest in the application of performance psychology in a number of fields. Recent graduates are now working as activities coordinators, or fitness or swimming instructors for public sector employers such as Edinburgh Leisure and in private healthcare and residential rehabilitation in the UK and overseas. Others have taken up roles in areas as diverse as coaching, sports development and psychology, private consultancy in sports, business and the performing arts, outdoor and adventure training, and higher and tertiary education.

You may instead choose to extend your studies with a doctoral degree (after completion of the MSc) or use the transferable skills you will gain in areas such as communication and project management in an unrelated career role.


  • Our reputation for excellence - We’re ranked 1st in Scotland and in the UK’s top 10 universities for sport and exercise research (REF 2014) so you can be confident that the teaching and support you‘ll receive will be from leading academics who have shaped, and are shaping, the theory and practice of sport and exercise in the UK and beyond.
  • Our diverse and welcoming community - Take a postgraduate programme in sport at the University of Edinburgh and join a world-leading university where you’ll be part of a vibrant and stimulating postgraduate community located in the heart of one of Europe’s finest cities.
  • Some of the best facilities in the UK - You’ll also have access to some of the best sports facilities in the UK.Our Centre for Sport and Exercise has been used by some of the world’s greatest athletes including Edinburgh graduates and Olympians Sir Chris Hoy MBE and Katherine Grainger CBE.


The University of Edinburgh

International Student Requirements:

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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