Psychology of Exercise and Wellbeing (C8849)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores 3 areas of exercise psychology: exercise, mental health and wellbeing; exercise interventions; and exercise and culture. The first area will explore how exercise is associated with wellbeing in a variety of mental health conditions. The second will explore the theoretical basis and practical complications of exercise interventions. The third will explore the role of culture in exercise behaviour. Throughout the module, you will engage with key readings and online activities, to support their learning and development. Activities include using and reflecting on a mobile phone fitness app, and interviewing a non-exercising friend or family member.


73%: Lecture
27%: Practical (Workshop)


10%: Coursework (Portfolio)
90%: Written assessment (Report)

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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: