Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) has been taught at Queen Mary for many years, and the post-graduate BSc programme is the oldest in Europe, and possibly the world. The intercalated degree started as a younger sibling to the MSc but rapidly established its own niche as the first UK intercalated BSc in SEM and typically the most popular course at QMUL.
Graduates go on to include SEM in their clinical practise as a sub-speciality, for example in general practise or emergency medicine, or more directly via specialist training in SEM. SEM was finally recognised as a speciality in the run-up to the London 2012 games, with many SEM graduates from QMUL playing critical roles in games and legacy delivery.
The BSc builds on both the successful MSc programme and the existing intercalated BSc by allowing students access to existing modules at level 7, as well as deepening previous level 6 modules. We encourage applicants from QMUL after MBBS year three or four, but also encourage and support applicants from other universities – with the interview and application process being handled equitably. We anticipate increasing student numbers in 2014-15 and subsequent years.
The BSc SEM syllabus addresses the fields of musculoskeletal injury, medical problems in sport and exercise as a health tool alongside detailed musculoskeletal anatomy teaching, biomechanics and injury rehabilitation. Further, strong emphasis is placed both on paper based and quasi-experimental research with intercalating students typically undertaking both a systematic review and a full research project as part of their degree. These projects are supported by a Human Performance Laboratory and expertise in survey methods and clinical trials. Students’ publication rates are exceptionally high – with up to 90% of those who choose to pursue this objective achieving peer reviewed publication.
The course team innovates continuously, whilst keeping sight of our vision for excellence in SEM education. We have now deepened the quality of the educational offering in SEM by raising the intercalated degree standard to BSc level. The co-location of the intercalated with the post-graduate MSc programme enables us to offer optional modules to BSc students. We look forward to your application.
Admissions and programme enquiries
Dr Manuela Angioi
Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 8839
We offer a range of modules with some core modules and an element of choice being offered. All modules are equally weighted with the exception of the research project which is a three credit module. 8 credits (120 points) are required to complete the degree.
The primary aim of the taught aspects of the proposed BSc programme is to offer an exciting, innovative, clinically relevant, and evidence-based course in Sports & Exercise Medicine. This includes teaching the knowledge and skills to assess sports injuries and to understand relevant treatment options. It also provides understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and of its use as a health tool. The research project forms just under half of the course assessment, and the second key aim of the course is to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out a formal research project and critically evaluate the research literature, thus enabling evidence-based clinical practice and giving the students the confidence and skills to carry out future research. These learning outcomes have been amended to reflect level 7 requirements.
In addition, graduates of the intercalated BSc SEM will possess many qualities and transferable skills. We aspire to meet many of the goals mentioned in the QMUL Statement of Graduate Attributes (www.qmul.ac.uk/gacep/statement/) especially engaging critically with knowledge, rounded intellectual capacity and research capacity. Our students will be prepared also for the rigors of studying for a higher degree, should they choose to do so, later in their careers.
- Research Methods (semester 1)
- Injuries and medical problems in sport (semester 1)
- Research project (semester 1 + 2)
- Literature reviewing (semester 1 + 2)
- Biomechanics and rehabilitation (semester 2)
- Exercise as a Health Tool (semester 2)
The programme will be open to post 3rd/4th year MBBS, BDS or BVetMed students who have passed all years to date on the MBBS, GEP and the BDS (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Normally, no referrals in any of the clinical firm grades where these have been undertaken. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.
Dr Manuela Angioi – Research supervisor and course leader, Sports and Exercise Medicine BSc
Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine – William Harvey Research Institute
Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Hospital
Learning and teaching
Taught components of approximately 30 hours per module are delivered, supported by guided self-directed learning – anticipated to require about 90 hours of further study. Self-directed study in the form of preparation for scheduled sessions, revision and wider reading is a key component of this course. The learning process is formal lectures, typically in groups of ~30, backed up by directed reading, and practical/clinical sessions where indicated. Around half of the lectures are given by faculty and the rest by visiting experts from the field.
3/8 of the course is made up by the research project which will start early in semester one. You will have a large number of projects to choose from. The range of methodologies includes laboratory study, clinical fieldwork and survey methods.
Assessments vary according to the route you choose through the degree. The modules constitute 75, and the project 45, of a total of 120 level 6 credits.
For the typical route through the BSc:
- taught module assessment by Coursework: 40 credits = 33.3%
- Taught module assessment by Written Assessment: 45 credits = 37.5%
- Assessment by Project dissertation and oral presentations: 35 credits = 29.1%
- Research Project (45 credit) written report 60%, oral and viva 40%
- Literature reviewing (15 credit) systematic review 100%
- IMPIS (15 credit) case study 50%, exam 50%
- EAAHT (15 credit) patient report 50%, exam 50%
- Biomechanics and Rehabilitation (15 credit) exam 100%
- Research Methods (15 credit): paper critique 50%, proposal write-up 50%
Fees and funding
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