This topic has always interested me, which is why I chose
the programme. I’m particularly interested in sport, but I
didn’t want to limit myself to sport psychology. In this
programme, you learn about the development of various sorts of
talent: in sport, in music, at school, at work… you name
The best course unit that I took was the one on coaching.
First you learn all the theories and models of coaching, and then
you apply them in the practicals, by using role play. And then, and
this was the part I liked best, you actually coach someone, a
student assistant or PhD student. This meant we could immediately
apply what we had learnt, and in fact that was the case with all
the course units. I think that is a major strength of this
Although you can do a placement as part of the programme,
I chose not to. I wrote an extensive thesis, which involved
conducting research into affordances, the possibilities that people
see to take action, and psychological momentum in a sporting event.
The expectation was that a person who is in positive momentum
– who has a lead over the opponent for instance – will
see more affordances than a person who is in negative momentum. And
that proved to be true.
I’m now working on a PhD proposal that follows on
from my thesis. Research didn’t appeal to me very much
before, but this topic is so interesting and I am so into it now
that I really like the idea of finding out more.