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  • This Sport Psychology BSc covers a variety of theoretical issues in sport psychology, physiology, and biomechanics.
  • This course is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).
  • You will be taught by highly-respected chartered psychologists.
  • We have partnerships with a number of leading sports organisations, including Crystal Palace FC and the Lawn Tennis Association.
  • 100% of our psychology research has an impact on societies around the world (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


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.

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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, behaviour 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 behaviour, ‘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:

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Mind, Body and Brain (1)
Social and Developmental Psychology (1)
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Research Methods and Statistics

Required Modules (students choose one of the following):
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement

Students for whom English is not their first language can also take the English for Academic Study module.

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:
Psychology of Peak Performance
Mind, Body and Brain (2)
Social and Developmental Psychology (2)
Individual Differences and Psychometric Research
Research Methods and Statistics (2)

Required Modules:
Physiology of Exercise
Applied Biomechanics

Year 3

Compulsory Modules
Empirical Research Project

Required Module:
Advanced Topics in Psychology

Optional Modules
Environmental Physiology
Exercise and Health
Biomechanics: Performance and Injury
Limitations to Performance and Training
Communication and Social Interaction
Cognition and Emotion
Health Psychology
Positive Psychology

Required modules must be taken and a reasonable attempt must be made at the assessment, compulsory modules must be passed.


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
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

You will be able to work as a sports therapist, coach, personal trainer, teacher, lecturer or within sport development and administration. Graduates can also continue onto postgraduate study.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.