Psychology (Sport, Health and Exercise)

Course introduction

Psychology in Sport, Health and Exercise is an area of growing interest, particularly in the world of professional sport. Through studying the link between the mind and the body, we can understand things like motivation and determination, and the effect that physical activity has on the brain.

This course is jointly delivered by the Divisions of Psychology and Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

The Division of Psychology offers a firm foundation of learning including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and biological psychology. Quantitive and qualitative research methods are taught to support experiments you may carry out as research for your dissertation.

The Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences will cover the fundamentals of sports psychology, and how to apply research knowledge to real-world situations. You will learn about experiences you may encounter as an applied psychology practitioner in both sport and exercise contexts.

As an accredited course, should you graduate with a 2:2 grade or higher, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society. Membership will be key if you choose to pursue postgraduate training. It’s also a pre-requisite of entry to all accredited Stage 2 and Doctoral programmes needed to become a chartered psychologist – be it in Sport and Exercise or otherwise.

Course modules

Year 1
- Foundations of Psychology I: Learning and Social Psychology
- Foundations of Psychology II: Brain and Cognition
- Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Research Methods
- Seminars in Psychology
- Statistics

Year 2
- Advanced Data Analysis
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Developing Research Methods and Data Analysis Skills
- Developmental Psychology
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Life Course
- The Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity: Theory and Application
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Qualitative Research Methods

Year 3

Compulsory modules
- Advanced Issues in Individual Differences
- Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Life Course
- Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis: Final Year Project

Optional modules
- Animal Behaviour
- The Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousness
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Disorders of Perception and Movement Control
- Drugs, Hormones and the Brain
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Human Sexual Diversity
- Personality and Close Relationships
- Practical Investigations of Mind and Brain
- Psychoanalytic Psychology
- Psychology of Reading and its Impairments
- Psychology of Religion

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9250 European Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9250 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £17355 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 -- with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
  • Institution's Own Test: 65% in Brunel English Language Test -- with no less than 55% in each subsection
  • TOEFL (iBT): 92.0 -- with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17
  • PTE Academic: 58.0 -- with a minimum of 51 in all subscores