Taught course

Skill Acquisition and Human Movement Science

Liverpool Hope University · Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (sport psychology, sport and exercise science or psychology).

Months of entry


Course content

* 2017 subject to validation

What makes expert performers ‘experts’ in their field? How can scientists use different learning techniques in order to enhance the learning and development of novice performers? Why do experts often perform poorly under pressure? Is it possible to teach motor skills in such a way that prevents them from breaking down under the pressure of competition? These are just some of the questions that interest scientists in the area of skill acquisition and human movement science. This postgraduate course hopes to provide graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the latest research that has attempted to answer these important questions in relation to sport and human performance. Drawing on research from sport psychology, coaching science, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, motor control and learning, perception-action and cognitive neuroscience, graduates of this course will have a detailed understanding of the theories that underpin skill acquisition and human movement but, crucially, will also develop the skills needed to apply this knowledge to real performance environments.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • Teaching staff are all research-active scientists with particular expertise in the areas of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, motor control and learning, sport science and coaching science, which provides student with a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of human performance.
  • In our lab we now have an ASL Mobile XG eye-tracker, a Magstim Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) and a multipurpose Noraxon technology system designed for simultaneous, and fully mobile, recording and measurement of EMG, 2D video, and 3D kinematics. All students will be taught how to use this equipment and will have access to it for their research projects.
  • The campus provides a centralised environment for teaching and research in movement and sport, with several laboratories, a large indoor sportshall, astroturf, and grass pitches

Information for international students

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit our website.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UK Student Recruitment
+44 (0) 151 291 3111