Brain, Mind & Behaviour (20 credits)
Psychobiology and cognitive psychology are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. Hence, this module introduces you to key topics and concepts within these areas to illustrate the contribution that psychobiology and cognition have made to our understanding of the brain, cognition, behaviour and the links between them, while maintaining a strong evolutionary focus.
Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
This module provides an introduction to research methods in sport and exercise psychology. Through a combination, of lectures, seminars, and practical experiences, you will explore the strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches to examining psychological and behavioural processes in sport and exercise. Learning to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data will also strengthen your appreciation of the research process from inception to dissemination.
Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychology that underpins our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are examined with reference to behaviour in the sport, exercise, and the physical activity setting. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and wellbeing.
Research in Psychology 1 (20 credits)
The module aims to introduce you to some of the basic concepts and techniques used in psychological research, ensuring some familiarity with the most commonly employed methods of data collection and data analysis. In addition, the module will foreground the importance of acquiring practical experience in designing empirical studies and analysing data manually and via computer (e.g. SPSS). The module will emphasise that an understanding of research methods is required not only to conduct research, but also to comprehend and critically evaluate psychological literature.
Social and Developing Self (20 credits)
Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. Hence, this module introduces you to key topics and concepts within these areas to illustrate the contribution that Social and Developmental Psychology, and the psychology of Individual Differences, have made to our understanding of the person.
Biological and Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)
Biological Psychology is a core area of the British Psychological Society’s GBC curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. This module expands on content covered within core modules at level 4 with the aim of extending your knowledge and understanding of a range of topics and issues within the disciplines of biological and cognitive psychology. For instance, you will examine some of the techniques used in these disciplines to explore the relationship between brain and behaviour. They will also explore the nature of cerebral asymmetry and human language, as well as human memory, problem solving, perception and recognition.
Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)
This module investigates a number of the psychological factors that are associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Research Methods in Psychology 2 (20 credits)
This module builds upon material covered in Research in Psychology (1) in extending your knowledge and understanding of research methods in psychology, introducing them to more sophisticated techniques widely used in the analysis of quantitative data (such as ANOVA and multiple regression) and qualitative data (such as thematic analysis and content coding) and providing them with further, more independent, experience in designing, conducting and reporting primary research. Methods of data collection are also revisited and expanded.
Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
There are many roles within the sport sector which require well-qualified people to teach, develop and enable others to successfully execute skilled movements. This module provides insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Social and Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
Social and developmental psychology are core areas of the British Psychological Society’s GBC curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self at Level 4, by giving you the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive and critical understanding of key perspectives, topics, methods, findings, and applications in these sub-disciplines. The curriculum aims to give coherence to a diverse range of topics from intergroup relations to children’s moral understanding, by promoting detailed intellectual and practical engagement with how children and adults make sense of the self and the social world.
Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits)
Personality and Individual Differences is a core area of the British Psychological Society’s GBC curriculum for accredited undergraduate programmes. This module builds on material covered in The Social and Developing Self, in covering key perspectives and topics in the study of personality and individual differences. The module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of key theories, research findings, and debates in this area.
Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords an opportunity to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the student’s area of study.
Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective (20 credits)
The module covers a range of topics and issues central to psychology, from a critical standpoint. The included topics will reflect the ongoing and dynamic research taking place within the section, and will facilitate a sceptical and scientific approach to the nature of psychology applied to sport, exercise and the physical domain.
Extended Research Project (40 credits)
The final year empirical project is a core requirement of the British Psychological Society’s curriculum. This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic or issue related to and/or arising out of sport, exercise or coaching topics covered in the Psychology (Sport and Exercise) degree. The module offers you the opportunity to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in previous years, and a vehicle by which they may further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline.
Likely optional modules
Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
The module encourages you to explore and examine contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology and critically apply them to a wide range of scenarios. Within seminars, students currently present and explain an observed behaviour that may relate to psychologically relevant topics such as confidence, motivation and aggression. The module focuses upon contentious aspects of psychological theories and encourages you to reflect upon your own perspective in relation to such issues.
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology (20 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Psychology of Sport Coaching (20 credits)
The module examines the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module probes coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.