Certificate Sport Psychology

The Certificate in Sport Psychology will introduce you to the discipline of sport psychology — the study of the human mind and human behaviour in the world of sport. It will focus on the discipline’s key topics, and how psychological principles are applied to aid performance in sport.

What will I be doing?

The course material will be delivered through discussions, group work, practical exercises and personal reflections. Upon completion, you will understand the field of sport psychology and its uses to help athletes perform at their best both in sport and in other performance-related settings (such as in work and study settings). You should also be able to apply the knowledge acquired in your sport psychology studies to your own life-roles (e.g. as coaches, as parents of athletes etc).

Future careers

You may be able to pursue further study in Sport Psychology. The course may also be particularly useful in building on the skill level of people already working in, or seeking employment in, areas such as coaching, sports management, sports medicine and sports physiotherapy.

What topics will I study?

  • Motivation and Goal setting
  • Psyching-Up and Calming Down: Arousal and Anxiety in Sports Performances
  • Team dynamics, Team cohesion
  • Leadership and Coaching styles
  • Aggression in sport
  • Concentration, Coping, and Confidence issues in sport
  • Self-talk, imagery and relaxation strategies
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health
  • Psychology of Sports Injuries

Student Testimonials


[Class of 2016/2017; European 400m Indoor Champion; Olympian; Masterchef winner 2013; Author of David Gillick’s Kitchen]

“I really enjoyed studying and working with Dr Olivia Hurley on her Certificate in Sport Psychology programme. I learned what sport psychology is really about – such as the science and research behind the use of various mental skills, techniques and strategies in order to enhance my performances, not just in my sport, but also in my day-to-day life. I would highly recommend Dr Hurley’s programme to any individuals interested in getting the best out of their sport and their lives”.


[Class of 2017/2018; Professional Leinster and Ireland Rugby player] 

“The Certificate in Sport Psychology at IADT, taught by Dr Olivia Hurley, was very interesting and I learned a lot while studying on the course. Olivia is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about what she does. I found the material covered in her programme very helpful and have implemented a lot of what I learned into my own game of rugby”.


[Class of 2017/2018; student of Psychology at London’s Metropolitan University]

“I have just recently completed the Sport Psychology Certificate taught by Dr. Olivia Hurley in IADT. It is a well organised programme, with a very manageable work load and the weeks flew by. Olivia is hugely passionate about the field of sport psychology and this passion transcends into her lectures. She has a great ability to simplify information, making the learning part fun and easy. I would recommend this course to anyone with a keen interest in sport/sport psychology and someone who would like to connect with other colleagues within this field”.  

Read the following Frequently Asked Questions document for further details about Certificate courses at IADT