c8c6 - Psychology and Sport and Exercise Sci BSc

Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science BSc Honours

UCAS Code: C8C6 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

This degree allows you to combine the study of psychology with sports and exercise science.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35 points

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This is a new degree, available for 2018 entry, subject to University approval.

You’ll understand how psychological science can be applied to help develop athletes and promote physical activity and exercise.

In Sport and Exercise Science, you’ll have the opportunity to study a range of topics relating to human performance and health, such as:

  • nutrition
  • physiology
  • biomechanics
  • psychology

In Psychology, you’ll explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, through topics like:

  • social and developmental psychology
  • individual differences

You’ll also cover advanced topics linked to the research of our staff, such as applied sport and exercise psychology and clinical psychology.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2018 entry

Modules for 2018 entry

Please note

This is a new degree for 2018 entry.

The modules listed below provide an example of the types of modules that will be available. 

Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules 

  • PSY1004 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY1005 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY1006 Instinct, Learning and Motivation
  • PSY1011 Research Methods and Skills 2
  • PSY1012 Introduction to Psychology for Joint Honours Students

Optional modules

You take 60 credits from the following list: 

  • ESC1001 Anatomy
  • ESC1002 Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • SES1000 Human Physiology and Practical Skills
  • SES1001 Principles of Exercise, Nutrition and Health
  • SES1002 Bioenergetics
  • SES1003 Introduction to Biomechanics 

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

  • PSY2001 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY2003 Social Psychology
  • PSY2004 Individual Differences
  • PSY2007 Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues
  • PSY2009 Methods in Psychology 2A
  • PSY2010 Statistics for Experimental Psychology
  • PSY2015 Introduction to Professional Skills

Optional modules

You take 60 credits from the following list: 

  • SES2000 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • ESC2002 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • SES2002 Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • SES2004 Exercise Physiology
  • SES2005 Applied Biomechanics  

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

  • PSY3029 Professional Skills in Psychology

You choose one of the following modules:

  • PSY3098 Joint Honours Empirical Project for Psychology 
  • PSY3097 Empirical Project

Optional modules

If you have chosen PSY3097 you choose 20 credits of optional modules from the following list.
If you have chosen PSY3098 you choose 30 credits of optional modules from the following list.

  • PSY3001 Evolution and Behaviour
  • PSY3002 Evolutionary Psychology and Medicine
  • PSY3006 Consumer Psychology
  • PSY3008 Art, Mind and Brain
  • PSY3009 Co-operation
  • PSY3016 Sex and Human Nature
  • PSY3018 The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology
  • PSY3020 Face Perception
  • PSY3022 The Psychology of Financial Decision Making
  • PSY3026 Psychology of Religion
  • PSY3027 Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective
  • PSY3028 Work Psychology
  • PSY3030 Foundations in Forensic Psychology
  • PSY3031 The Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  • PSY3033 Eating and Weight Disorders
  • PSY3039 Clinical Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • PSY3041 Sensation and Perception in Atypical Development

You will also take a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 credits of optional Sport and Exercise Science modules from the following list:

  • SES3001 Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • SES3002 Factors Affecting Elite Performance
  • ESC3004 Physical Activity, Exercise and Disease

Entry Requirements

This is a new degree for 2018 entry.

This information will be updated as soon as it is available.


Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

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