Full Time 1yr
The psychology of human performance in sport and exercise environments is fundamental to helping individuals to realise their physical, technical and health performance potential.
This course aims to train you to understand how the mind can impact human behaviour and performance within competitive sport and everyday physical activity settings.
On this course you will:
The global sport industry is estimated to be worth in excess of £110 billion and is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, research, sport science support, or the health and fitness sectors.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which means that graduates are eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). It also opens up a wide range of training and development opportunities.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
The units on offer were perfect for what I needed to be able to progress in this area and I am seeing the benefit already.
Lucy May, Sport and Exercise Student 2013
You can choose to study for this course in either full-time or part-time mode. You will study several key topics and have the valuable opportunity to complete a professional practice placement, where you will be required to perform the role of a trainee sport and/or exercise scientist within a related setting.
Here are the units you will study:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Our teaching approaches include lectures, seminars, laboratory workshops, and tutorials.
The varying teaching formats are reflected in the assignments. Here’s how we assess you:
Dr Chris Wagstaff
This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online lectures, seminars, laboratories and workshops by BPS chartered & HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologists and BASES accredited Scientists. Lecturers draw from their varied experiences as practitioners and researchers to bring the subject matter to life and outline how psychological principles and theories can be employed to benefit those in high performance environments (e.g., elite sport) and the health and fitness sectors (e.g., physical activity prescription and promotion).
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Our lab has a range of specialist equipment including PLATO Liquid Crystal Spectacles allowing reaction timers to see how quickly we respond to visual or auditory cues, and various targets to assess the accuracy of skill development or performance. Our ASL Mobile Eye System enables researchers to examine exactly where individuals visually attend to when they are performing a movement or making a decision. There is also a separate interview room for non-practical research studies that houses a fully equipped media suite.
We are one of the leading departments offering sports science-based programmes in the UK according to the National Student Survey (NSS), the Times Good University Guide, the Independent University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide league tables. You will learn in a several different environments including our biomechanics, physiology and kinanthropometry labs, plus plenty of indoor space for practical activities, all located at the heart of the University. These house some of the country’s finest facilities, including:
Our academic staff have a close affiliation with sport and are research active within their chosen specialism. We have three main research areas which include biomechanics, physiology and psychology, with BASES accredited and BPS chartered members of each area possessing prolific research profiles. Here are the areas of our current research:
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
For any placement activities, you will be required to meet the cost of travel. These costs will be dependent on the type of placement and may range from £50 - £1,000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence. For optional programmes of field work, costs may range from £50 - £1,000 dependent on the type of fieldwork being undertaken.
Specific careers directly related to this qualification include becoming an applied practitioner, and a researcher and/or a lecturer in sport and/or exercise psychology. Researchers tend to be employed by commercial companies and academic institutions. Lecturers in this field are employed by further and higher educational establishments.
Given the range of general employability skills developed throughout the programme, you could go on to a variety of careers in other sectors, for example, business, the police and the armed services.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
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We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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