BSc (Hons) Sports Studies with Psychology

About the course

This course brings together several distinct but interrelated themes, to promote broad understanding and the examination of diverse areas in Sports and Psychology. The dominant programme themes are Physical Activity and Sports Development, and Sports Business Management which develop in terms of depth and complexity as the level of study increases. These are studied alongside research methods required for Higher Education, where students have the opportunity to further develop their research skills and experience within the second and third year. Students will also study Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, and will be introduced to study skills for psychology.

At level 4, all students study 60 credits of Sports Studies modules, and 60 credits of Psychology modules. At level 5 and 6 students study 90 credits from the Sports Studies suite of modules, and study 30 credits of Psychology modules.

Why choose this course?

  • Opportunity to visit Utrecht University as part of a Sports Business Management exchange
  • Final year project poster presentation day: opportunity for final year students to experience a conference-style event, which is attended by the External Examiner. 
  • Excellent links with alumni who often offer opportunities to current undergraduate students
  • Student mentoring scheme whereby first year students access support from postgraduate, final year and second year students who, in turn, enhance their CVs by acting as mentors
  • You will benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the UK.
  • Opportunities to support research.

What will I study?

Formal lectures tend to form the core of most modules, and lecture slides will be available on StudyNet, often alongside other web based learning resources. Modules are assessed by coursework or exam, or a combination of the two. The majority of the exams fall within the psychology based modules. The type of coursework is varied, depending on the module and includes essays, reports, posters and seminar presentations, as well as more innovative technology-based methods such as the use of wikis. Each student has their own personal tutor with whom they meet in small groups on a regular basis.

Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire, Division of Sport, Health and Exercise has recently been assessed for Laboratory Accreditation via the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). 

The course does not allow graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) but this could be obtained through a further year of study on a MSc Psychology Conversion Course.


There are a variety of career opportunities within sports related employment routes and careers where transferable skills related to psychology are valued.

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What job can I get?

There are many career opportunities for our graduates, including sports development, management, physical activity promotion, health promotion, business, teaching and research.