Self Regulation: The Science of Achieving Your Goals (C8894)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

We need to regulate our thoughts, feelings and behaviour in order to achieve our goals and succeed in life. In this module, we will consider the processes involved in self-regulation, the role of emotions in self-regulation, and the relationship between self-regulation and mental, physical, and social wellbeing. We will also discuss the factors that lead people to fail at self-regulation, and the interventions and techniques people can use to improve their regulation ability and thus achieve their goals.

You will learn about controlling emotions, combating procrastination, forming good habits, and overcoming smoking, overeating, and overspending. You will gain theoretical and practical insights into how people successfully pursue their goals, and will apply these insights to your own lives.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: