M.Sc. Psychology in Sport and Exercise

Graduates of the master programme will be eligible for further study or employment (e.g. as a PhD student or lecturer) in research institutions orientated towards the fields of motion-, neuro-, health or cognitive science.

Graduates looking to pursue a career in the applied setting may consider a career as a sport psychological expert, providing performance and personal development support to professional and recreational athletes or clients outside of the sport setting. Aside from self-employment, potential employers include many associations, clubs and support centres for competitive sports, reflecting the growing demand for sport psychology consultants. Furthermore, potential employers search specifically for sport psychologists with a research background, as ensuring effective diagnostics and interventions (including quality management and evaluation) is an essential field. As such, the Psychology in Sport and Exercise master will lay the foundation for independent planning, implementation and evaluation of sport psychology-oriented diagnostics and interventions.


Use of the titles “psychologist”, “sport psychologist”, or “sport psychology expert” after finishing the MA-programme:

In Germany, the title “psychologist” is protected by law. According to the Professional Association of Psychologists (German: “Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologinnen und Psychologen”, BDP), which recognized the master programme Psychology in Sport and Exercise as a psychology degree, graduates in this master programme are officially psychologists or sport psychologists if they also have a bachelor degree in psychology. Otherwise, they are considered sport psychology expert.

Project "Careers" (German)

Project "Careers" (German)

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Occupational area sport

Transition university – employment market