About the School of Psychology and Sport Science

From psychology and criminology, to sports therapy and coaching, we’re passionate about developing students' ambitions and careers.

We're located at ARU's Cambridge campus and at Compass House, our dedicated centre for sport and exercise science.


We offer a range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate level and research levels, covering a variety of topics. Our Sport and Exercise Science courses are approved or accredited by various professional bodies.

In psychology, we maintain student-staff ratios at 20:1 in accordance with requirements for British Psychological Society accreditation.

Our sports courses are developed in close collaboration with industry. We have links with organisations including the British Paralympic Association, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, GB Archery and Cambridge United FC.

First-class staff

Our team of academic, technical and support staff take pride in delivering an up-to-date and exciting curriculum, while offering a friendly atmosphere in which you can thrive.


We're home to several research areas, focusing on themes including cognition, development and lifespan, body and self, clinical wellbeing, societies, groups and social processes, and sport and exercise science.

Our psychology research is split into two research centres, our ARU Centre for Mind and Behaviour and our ARU Centre for Societies and Groups, and was rated as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). This places us as one of the top psychology departments in any post-1992 UK university.

Our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences focuses on physiology, sports psychology, biomechanics and coaching. The Centre is home to the Performance and Exercise Testing Consultancy – where our sports students gain hands-on experience.

Visiting us

If you're thinking of studying one of our psychology or sports courses, the best way to find out more is by visiting our next Open Day. See exactly what we have to offer, have a tour of our facilities and chat to staff and students. If you have any questions just contact [email protected].