Learn how to optimise athletic performance by studying the psychology behind sport at Roehampton. You will explore key factors affecting sports performance such as mental toughness, self-confidence, motivation, stress and anxiety, concentration and the psychology of sport injury.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society
Human performance in sport and exercise is based on three areas – body chemistry (physiology), the physical demands on the body (biomechanics) and the mind’s response (psychology). On this course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of how psychology underpins sport and exercise.
This Sport Psychology degree will give you a strong scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behavior and experience and the complex interactions between these elements. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. with the option of becoming a graduate member of the BPS in preparation for your professional career in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
We offer a range of innovative modules and recent examples include ‘Mind, Body, and Brain’ where you will learn about how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems affect and are affected by mental functioning and behavior, ‘Psychology of Peak Performance’ where you will learn the fundamental issues related to optimal athlete performance, or ‘Applied Biomechanics’ where you will get first-hand experience in the laboratory to understand human motion.
During your first year, you will be introduced to a range of different modules to provide you with a foundation for understanding the key psychological concepts that affect sport performance.
In your second year, you will broaden your knowledge base and enhance your critical awareness of the application of psychological support in sport psychology. This part of the programme embeds the subject within the wider context of sport science as a whole.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to select modules and do 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 psychology.
Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:
Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
Mind, Body & Brain (1)
Social and Developmental Psychology (1)
Psychology in Action 1
Introduction to Physiology and Fitness Assessment
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
Psychology of Peak Performance
Mind, Body & Brain (2)
Social and Developmental Psychology (2)
Psychology in Action (2)
Individual Differences and Psychometric Research
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Exercise and Health
Biomechanics: Performance and Injury
Communication and Social Interaction
Nutritional and Environmental Physiology
Limitations to Performance and Training
Cognition and Emotion
The Biology and Psychology of Alcohol Misuse
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
* In the Complete University Guide 2018, Roehampton is the highest-ranked modern university in London. Modern, or new, universities are defined as those granted university status post-1992.
A level requirement including one Science subject, PE or Psychology.
GCSE requirement: Maths, Grade C
3 years (full-time)