Intercalated Sports and Exercise Medicine

Entry Year: 2020

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BSc (Intercal)
1 years
September 2020
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Intercalated Sports and Exercise Medicine


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.

Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

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You can start your one-year intercalated Sports and Exercise Medicine BSc after the third or fourth years of your MBBS.

Year 1

Semester 1 modules (15 credits each):

  • Research methods
  • Literature Review
  • Injuries and Medical Problems in Sport 

Semester 2 modules (15 credits each):

  • Biomechanics and Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Medicine and Physical Activity Promotion 

Research project: Semesters 1 and 2 (45 credits)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Intercalated degrees

An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.

It will also:

  • add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
  • strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
  • help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
  • develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
  • allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.


Teaching and learning

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.

A Thinking Writing workshop is offered to all students in Semester 2.


Assessment includes several methods, including: coursework, written examinations, case studies, your dissertation, presentations, your research project, literature reviewing and an oral exam (viva).

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • academic space at Mile End Hospital which includes a practical area, a lecture room and a seminar room
  • opportunities to observe sports medicine clinics run at Mile End Hospital
  • exposure to sports and exercise medicine specialists.


Loans and grants

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.

Support from Queen Mary

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:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


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.

About the School

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.

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