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Sport and Exercise Psychology (with Placement Year)
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Sport and Exercise Psychology (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
On campus
 1073 Points
4 Years

Program Description

Sport and exercise psychologists use scientific research methods to explore how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect their sports performance.

Studying key factors, such as motivation, commitment, mental toughness, self-confidence, stress, anxiety, attitude to injury and concentration, they support athletes to consistently optimise their performance in physical activity.

This British Psychological Society accredited course draws upon various fields of psychological knowledge, as well as human physiology and anatomy, to develop your understanding of the factors which influence performance in a sports and exercise context.

The Guardian University Guide 2020 ranks Coventry as one of the top 20 psychology departments in the UK for graduate employability. This course could lead to careers within sports coaching, sports and exercise therapy and rehabilitation, personal training, sports administration, or broader consultancy work in the health and leisure industry.

Ranked 16th for Psychology in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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Year 1

Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 1

Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Research into Sport & Exercise Behaviour

Sport & Exercise in Culture

Year 2

Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 2

Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Psychology 1

Applied Research Methods 1

Perspectives in Sport and Exercise Psychology 2

Applied Research Methods 2

Professional Experience

Placement Year

Optional enhancement year

Year 4

Developing as a Sport & Exercise Psychologist 3

Project Ethics

Independent Research Project

Optional modules


By undertaking this Sport and Exercise Psychology degree, you can also choose to enter a wide range of careers in more general areas of psychology or as a/an:

  • researcher
  • lecturer
  • teacher
  • administrator
  • manager
  • health care professional

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