Direct your medical studies towards the innovative and hands-on field of sports and exercise medicine.
Our intercalated BSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine is an exciting, evidence-based programme that gives current medical students the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.
With growing interest in sports and leisure activities, together with the problems of obesity and chronic disease, there’s increasing recognition of the importance of treating injuries and preventing illness through exercise.
You'll gain the knowledge and skills to assess sports injuries and understand relevant treatment options, and a solid understanding of the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise. Taught modules cover detailed musculoskeletal anatomy, medical problems in sport, exercise as a health tool, biomechanics and injury rehabilitation.
We place a strong emphasis on paper and quasi-experimental research, with students undertaking both a systematic review and a full research project. Many of our students publish their work in research journals and present at national and international conferences.
You can start your one-year intercalated Sports and Exercise Medicine BSc after the third or fourth years of your MBBS.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.
It will also:
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, directed reading and practical/clinical sessions.
You'll receive approximately three hours of weekly contact time per module. For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.
Assessment includes several methods, including: coursework, written examinations, case studies, your dissertation, presentations, your research project, literature reviewing and an oral exam (viva).
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical school.
You must have completed 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.
You must have shown satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).
This programme is not available to dental students.
This programme is not available to veterinary students.
Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview. Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.
How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.
Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
Find out more about our intercalated degrees.
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.
These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
Your BSc will be an advantage if you later apply for postgraduate training in sports and exercise medicine, or fields such as general practice, orthopaedics, rheumatology or emergency medicine.
With its emphasis on research skills, the programme also forms a strong basis for careers in academic medicine.
The William Harvey Research Institute was founded in 1986 by the Nobel Laureate Sir John Vane, discoverer of the action of aspirin and prostacyclin. Since 2000, as part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and Queen Mary University of London, the Institute has gone from strength to strength. We are currently the largest pharmacological research institute in the UK university sector and one of the largest in Europe.
Along with our commitment to high-quality research, we also offer education programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level, which are taught by world-leading experts in the fields of cardiovascular, endocrine and inflammation research.
We are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN silver award for our ongoing commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.