Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

120 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you are interested in Sport Psychology and other areas of Sport and Exercise Studies, then this course is an excellent choice for you.

Our Psychology courses are designed to be challenging, stimulating and relevant to the needs of today's society. You'll learn techniques that enable people to enjoy healthy lifestyles and facilitate their physical and mental health and wellbeing. As part of your studies, you’ll look at the applications of psychology in a wide range of areas – from understanding the nature and causes of mental illness to investigating decision-making in real-life situations. 

This will then be paired up with a range of interesting and engaging sports topics for you to choose from including modules on sports management, nutrition, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, sport coaching and physical activity and health.  

You’ll get to choose from a range of optional modules, tailoring your degree to the areas that interest you as well as developing your skills and knowledge. 

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Excellent facilities 

Enhancing your employability through internships and applied experiences is a passion of ours and, as such, forms a central part of the course.   

During the course you will have lots of opportunities to do practical work in our outstanding sport and psychology facilities. Our psychology specialist facilities include high specification computing labs with the latest software for designing experiments and analysing data, a variety of psychological recording equipment such as EEG, as well as observation suite equipped with video recording and one-way mirrors. There's also eye-tracking equipment and project rooms which provide students the special space they need for conducting research. 

For sports, our physiology laboratory contains the latest equipment for testing and measuring fitness for both participation and performance sport. You will also use a range of computer software packages for performance and statistical analysis. In addition, we have some of the best sport and exercise science equipment available in our dedicated performance suite.  Our sport facilities and associated equipment are overseen by our subject experts and a dedicated team of Sport Technicians.    

You will also have use of our modern Sport Hall, Outdoor 4G Pitch and Health and Fitness Suite during your time on the course.   

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Be taught by experts 

You will be taught by experts who are specialists in their chosen field and have had their expertise recognised by accrediting bodies. Our teaching team includes accredited Psychologists, Sport Psychologists, Physiologists and Strength and Conditioning experts. 

They are also active researchers in a range of exciting areas including maths anxiety, nature connectedness, physical activity in children and international research in long-covid. 

Accredited course  

British Psychological Society accreditation means we're delivering a high standard of psychology education. It shows we've met BPS standards for course content and design, and student development. It also means you can apply for BPS student membership. This provides:  

And you will have the opportunity to progress to accredited postgraduate qualifications and training to gain chartered membership of the BPS.  

For students to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), students need to do the following:  

Choose your pathway

Studying and Psychology and Sport Studies Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.   

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.  

In this combination Psychology is the major subject and Sport Studies is the minor subject.

*Students receive BPS accreditation with this pathway. If students majoring in Psychology do not pass all prescribed credit bearing Psychology modules, the title of the degree will alter to say Psychological Studies. 

In this pathway you study Psychology and Sport Studies equally.  

In this pathway you study Sport Studies and Psychology equally.  

In this combination Sport Studies is the major subject and Psychology is the minor subject.  

What you will study

The modules below indicate the range of modules you may study as part of this combination, however prescribed and optional modules will vary depending on whether you choose to study both subjects equally, or choose to major or minor in a subject. To find out exactly which modules you would study as part of your chosen combination please contact jhs@derby.ac.uk.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

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Dr Carol Stalker
Lecturer in Psychology

Carol is a lecturer in Psychology on the campus BSc Psychology programme. Dr Stalker is the Level 4 lead for the programme and also teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Dr Stalker is an active researcher, currently researching acceptance approaches in patients with chronic kidney disease and compassionate approaches in higher education. 

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Lee Pridmore
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Sport Management

Lee is the leader of the BA (Hons) Sport Management programme. He has over 15 years experience of leading modules, programmes and other roles in the discipline area of sport at the University of Derby.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 21, Merit: 24, Pass: 0

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each skills area)

English language requirements 

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area) 

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Please note direct applications for this course are not currently available. Please check back for further updates. 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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