Please note, this course is only open for applications for September 2016 and will close for September 2017.
Learn how to optimise athlete performance and improve well-being and activity levels by studying the psychology behind sport at Roehampton. You will explore key factors that affect sports performance, well-being, and activity levels such as mental toughness, self-confidence, motivation, stress and anxiety, concentration, and the psychology of sport injury.
This innovative programme provides students with a thorough theoretical, conceptual and research informed grounding in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology. Students will develop a strong scientific understanding of human behaviour and experience, and of the complex interactions between these. You will enhance your understanding of relationships between the theoretical concepts and current techniques used in sport and exercise psychology assessment and support, whilst also becoming familiar with the different types of approaches, assessment strategies, and psychological skills used by Applied Sport and Exercise Psychologists. There is an emphasis on students critically analysing and evaluating these complex concepts, theoretical approaches, and specialised assessment and support techniques throughout the programme.
To support your professional development, this course will cover the idea of reflective practice, and codes of conduct. You will also develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, methodology and design of research within sport and exercise psychology, and gain research skills through the completion of a detailed, empirical research dissertation, drawing upon our staff’s wide expertise.
Please note that we also offer a BPS accredited Psychology of Sport and Exercise programme which grants access to Stage 2 training with the BPS.
In the module ‘Approaches to Psychological Support’ you will initially be introduced to the varied approaches within sport and exercise psychology, and undertake an in-depth review of the differences of the theories, looking at them in practice through a selection of case studies. Other modules e.g., ‘Applications of Psychological Support, will allow you to link theory to practice, and students will have the opportunity to develop consultancy skills under the guidance and supervision of a BPS chartered/HPCP registered member of staff.
Further modules will provide important knowledge with respect to sport performance as well as well-being and physical activity promotion. Within the ‘Psychology of Sport and Performance’ module you will gain a critical appreciation for various social processes and individual differences that influence performance. The ‘Psychology of Physical Activity, Health and Injury’ module will explore the determinants and outcomes of physical activity and inactivity and provide students with important insights towards preventing, treating and managing certain health conditions.
You will also gain insightful knowledge of contemporary issues concerning professional practice within sport psychology. The module ‘Professional Practice in Sport Psychology’ will explore the importance of ethics and reflection within your practice, whilst also exploring the challenges and opportunities that you may face when working with various athlete populations (e.g., team sport athletes, injured athletes, and young athletes).
Finally, you will have the opportunity to undertake research on your areas of specific interest for your dissertation project. During the year, you follow a coherent pathway of study to facilitate your future direction within the exciting discipline of sport and exercise psychology.
Here are examples of the modules: