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A Sport Psychology degree provides you with the understanding to optimise athletic performance and well-being by studying the psychology behind sport. You will explore key factors affecting sports performance, such as anxiety, self-confidence, motivation, stress, coping, concentration and sport injury.

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Excellent sports facilities and laboratories.
  • Small class sizes create a community environment.

Why study Sport Psychology?

We will teach you the key concepts and theories of Sport Psychology, as well as giving you a comprehensive grounding in all core areas of psychology.

This course will provide you with a strong scientific understanding of the human experience and their engagement with sport through a consideration of the mind, behaviour, emotion, and social and developmental processes.

Why St Mary's?

Our BSc Sport Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduation through the accredited route means that you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

Our programme contains research informed teaching delivered by lecturers who are able to draw on their own research and expertise. You will also learn key transferable skills, enabling you to apply knowledge and undertake your own supervised research, exploring the impact of Sport Psychology across different contexts.

With a smaller size year group than other universities, we are able to create a community environment where students are provided with support by staff and fellow students.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree in the local or wider London area. Previous students have been placed with mental health charities, in schools and within sport coaching.

Foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport Psychology.


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Course lead

Dr Emily Martin headshotDr Emily Martin
Course Lead - Sport Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Entry requirements

104-120 UCAS points required

BCC - BBB

A Levels

DMM - DDM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

A GCSE grade 4/C in Mathematics (or equivalent) is also required.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport Psychology.

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Course content

Year one

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Year two

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Year three

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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

Students can undertake further study in education, research or occupational fields, subsequent to them being awarded Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society.

The knowledge and skills acquired during the degree are very marketable and can enhance job prospects in almost any career option

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sport Psychology students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Our aim is to help you develop as an independent thinker, able to work individually and in a team, and capable of managing your workload. Innovative teaching methods are delivered within settings such as lectures and seminars. You will also engage in workshops and practical tasks that develop your research skills.

Lecture sizes can range from 30 to 80 students, dependent on the modules chosen. Seminars usually have a maximum of 25 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Guided learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 57%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of teaching methods including examinations, presentations, practical workshops, reports and case studies

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £13,650

*Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library, and if you opt to purchase a sports kit.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Facilities

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Teaching staff

Meet the team

Academic spotlight

Dr Jade Salim (Head of Department - Sport and Exercise Science )

Dr Jade Salim

I love standing up in front of the class and being able to disseminate my knowledge to others. I get such a buzz when seeing the students interested in my topic and wanting to take part.

Outside the classroom is where some of the most important work happens. Learning about the students and supporting them through not only their studies, but also their everyday lives. I really enjoy getting to know the students and watching them grow through their degree and even beyond that. 

Read Jade's story

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Further information


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Visit the campus

Upcoming open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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