Sport Psychology uses the rigour of science to investigate how people perceive the world, structure their thinking, solve problems and interact with others, set against the context of sport and exercise. Our Sport Psychology degree is firmly embedded in both the disciplines of Psychology and Sport & Exercise Science. This approach allows you to study important psychological theory and apply this to a variety of sport and exercise settings.
You will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Sport Psychology, preparing for work as a practitioner in elite sport, exercise, and broader community health settings. The curriculum contains high level, research informed teaching delivered by skilled lecturers, drawing on their own research and expertise. The degree is designed to deliver a tailored skills-based experience which is underpinned by a foundation in subject knowledge and research skills and experience. You will also learn key transferable skills, enabling you to apply knowledge and undertake your own research, exploring the impact of Sport Psychology across specialist populations and in different contexts.
You will be taught in our excellent research facilities, including labs for experiments in cognition and perception, an Eye tracker lab, an EEG lab, an fNIRS lab, observational and transcription labs. You are supported by your lecturers to become an independent learner capable of questioning the world around you, with an emphasis on ethical issues relating to wellbeing, competition and research.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
During your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Our Single Honours degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and upon completion of your studies you will become eligible for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC). This will give you access to the postgraduate training courses of the BPS and will be your first major step in becoming a professional psychologist.
Throughout your three years of study you will have a number of assessments, including written exams and essays. Reports, individual presentations and portfolios are also extensively used, together with assessments geared to laboratory work. In the final year, you complete a dissertation, carefully prepared for in the previous years.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
In your first year, you will gain a broad knowledge of the key themes that underpin sport psychology. You will study the psychology of sport and individual differences, and will look at the principles and practice in physical education. You explore the codification and history of sport, as well as the development of sport in the community.
Other topics studied include motor control and the development of skill learning, the self and society, interpersonal relationships, and perception and attention. You will study the history of psychology, the individual difference and impact on sporting performance, and the impact of sport on local and national identity.
Finally, you will gain an understanding on the brain and the central nervous system, and you will learn key research methods and analysis that will be useful in your following years of study.
Your second year deepens your knowledge of sporting education and values. You look at the implementation of policy and practice, and the constructs and applications of sport psychology. You will learn about working in the sporting sector, as well as participation in sport health and wellbeing. You will also learn key theories of sport management and governance.
Other topics studied include learning and memory, brain-mind interactions, and language and communication. Finally, you will discuss social cognition and learn about group processes and dynamics.
In your final year, you will study psychological skills training and psychophysiology. You will also look at preparation and applied sport performance, as well as mental health and wellbeing, and contemporary issues in sport psychology.
Other topics studied include moral development, intelligence, decision making and deductive reasoning, and problem solving. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice relating to sport psychology.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
The Sport Psychology degree programme represents the first step towards a professional career in Sport Psychology. As the course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, it allows students to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Graduates of Sport Psychology go on to work as Sport Psychologists in professional sports, work on health-based exercise intervention programmes and wider community-based projects. Other career routes of past graduates have included performance enhancement specialists and lifestyle consultants.
Additionally, the degree provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, especially for those who are interested in careers in teaching, research and academia. With their interest in working with people and their good research, problem-solving and communication skills, graduates of Sport Psychology are also well placed in many other areas such as health and social care, business, management and marketing.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £200 to cover the cost of any fieldtrips and to buy key textbooks.
There is a small cost for student BPS membership, and once you graduate, there is a registration fee and annual fee thereafter for Graduate Membership – full details of costs can be found on the BPS website.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.