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.


100%: Lecture


25%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Portfolio)
75%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: