School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Undergraduate study

Sport and Exercise Science (Intercalated)


Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise-related behaviours and is thus central to the development of our understanding of the fundamental nature of human performance at all levels.

Sport and Exercise Scientists play an increasing part in helping us to analyse and respond to many other aspects of modern life. The world of elite sport is also looking more and more to the world of sports science and medicine for advice and guidance. There is a growing awareness of the relevance of sport and exercise medicine to the health agenda.

Physicians, who have expertise in Sport and Exercise Science and, importantly, an awareness of its value, are therefore vital to performance in sport and also in the improvement of the nation’s health and well-being.

In this intercalated degree students join the final year of the Sport & Exercise Science degree at Loughborough University.

Students are able to choose from a wide range of academic modules, enabling you to tailor your educational programme to your specific interests in aspects of Sport and Exercise Medicine, from musculoskeletal and exercise medicine to sport team care.

There are also opportunities to attend NHS Sport & Exercise Medicine clinics run by the programme director as an extension to the formal teaching of this intercalated BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science.


Why you should study this degree

  • We are 1st in the world for the fifth time running for sport-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021)
  • Gain academic knowledge in the fields of sport and exercise science that you may not have access to through your host medical degree
  • Choose from a wide range of academic modules to tailor your learning to your own interests
  • Benefit from access to the wide range of world-class sporting facilities and teams associated with the University

Course structure

All undergraduate courses are made up of individual modules. Each module has a specific credit value, with clearly defined aims and objectives, content, methods of teaching and learning and assessment procedures. 

Students taking the Intercalated degree in Sport and Exercise Science will study alongside our current final year Sport and Exercise Science students. Intercalated students must register for 120 credits worth of modules from the list below.

Compulsory Modules

Final Year Project
The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and opportunity to select, organise and conduct an enquiry-based project in a topic relevant to their development and programme.
Interdisciplinary Applications in Health and Sport
The aims of this module are for students to: integrate and apply knowledge from across health, sport, and exercise science disciplines to solve contemporary and interdisciplinary real-world issues; be able to translate technical scientific information to a non-scientific (lay) audience; and to further develop the skills required for professional employment.

Optional Modules

Physiology of Sport, Exercise and Health
The aim of this module is for students to demonstrate a more advanced and critical understanding of the physiological underpinnings of elite sport performance and the utility of exercise as a therapy to combat chronic metabolic disease.
Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health
The aim of this module is for students to demonstrate a more advanced and critical understanding of the impact of diet and nutritional supplements on human performance and health
Advanced Motor Control of Sport Movements
The aim of this module is for students to demonstrate a more advanced and critical understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches to the study of human movement with particular reference to sports movements.
Applied Exercise Psychology
The aim of this module is for students to demonstrate a more advanced and critical understanding of the theories, strategies and interventions which underpin the real-world application of exercise psychology
Applied Psychology in Competitive Sport
The aims of this module are for students to demonstrate a more advanced and critical understanding of the psychological issues, strategies and skills that are relevant to individual and team-focused services in competitive sport; and to develop the professional characteristics and vocational skills required of an effective sport and exercise psychologist.


How you'll study

A typical timetable involves approximately 15 hours of contact with academic staff per week. Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, as well as laboratory practical classes, tutorials, expert presentations and workshop sessions. Guided reading and reference lists are provided for specific knowledge.

Assessment methods include, but are not limited to, written assignments and exams, poster and paper presentations, and laboratory reports. Assignments are undertaken at different stages during the semester whilst formal exams are taken at the end of the semester.

Entry criteria

This intercalated programme is open to those applicants who have at least two years of a recognised undergraduate medical degree or similar. Students come from a wide range of medical schools both in the UK, and sometimes from oversees subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

Applicants should contact the Student Support team expressing an interest in the Intercalated BSc degree (contact details below). An application form is then required to be submitted together with an academic reference and an academic transcript from your current Medical School.

The deadline for applications for the academic year 2022/23 is Friday 25 March 2022

Contact Details


Tel:     +44 (0)1509 226302

Future career prospects

The development of Sports and Exercise Medicine as a specialism, with specialist training programmes and recognition by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges means that there are now increasing career options in this area.

Having a dedicated intercalated degree in sport & exercise science from Loughborough University will help students with an interest in exercise medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and sports medicine. You will not only develop academic knowledge, but also be able to demonstrate interest in these areas at both Foundation Training and Higher Speciality Training interviews.

Graduate destinations

Clinical medical students who have studied at Loughborough University have subsequently gone on to develop careers in a wide range of medical disciplines including Sport & Exercise Medicine and General Practice.