School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Undergraduate study

Sport and Exercise Science (Intercalated)

General information

The one year Intercalated BSc (Hons) programme in Sport and Exercise Science has been run very successfully by Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences for a number of years. Graduates speak highly of the opportunity it provides for medical students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of the sport and exercise sciences and to engage with, and be part of, an excellent research, teaching and development community.

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. As the population is growing older and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are becoming more prevalent, exercise is one of the few safe and effective treatments that can be applied to these diseases. Physicians, who have expertise in Sport and Exercise Science and, importantly, an awareness of its value, are therefore vital to performance in sport and in the improvement of the nation’s health and well-being.

The recognition of Sports and Exercise Medicine as a specialism by the Royal Colleges means that there are now career options in this area. In the UK, this trend has been enhanced by the hosting of the 2012 Olympics and by the legacies that events like these will leave. Indeed, Loughborough University has been pivotal in this legacy where we are collaborating across disciplines and institutions to provide a National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands (NCSEM-EM). This will be an international centre of excellence for injury rehabilitation and will transform the way in which physical activity and exercise are used in the prevention, treatment and management of long term conditions. By co-locating and combining the research, clinical services and education capabilities of three Universities, two Hospital Trusts and a Healthcare Trust in a truly outstanding research environment, the NCSEM-EM will transform research, clinical services and education.

Graduate testimonial

Jack Nash"The Intercalated BSc at Loughborough is something I would recommend to all medical students interested in sport. The course contained a wide variety of interesting modules which have broadened my knowledge on the physiology of exercise, health and sports performance. I particularly enjoyed completing a research project which gave me opportunities to complete exercise testing and develop my research skills. Alongside the undergraduate teaching provided, the intercalated students are given the opportunity to attend NHS sports medicine clinics in Leicester which is a great opportunity to network and gain first-hand experience in a career in sport and exercise medicine. Coming from a city university, it was great to experience the buzz of a campus where everything was within walking distance. Loughborough is well known for its sport and this did not disappoint! Whatever sport you are interested in, there something for everyone. The opportunities to meet and work with like-minded, enthusiastic people who all share a passion for sport make it a perfect choice for somebody looking to develop their CV for a career in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Personally, I hope to use the knowledge and experiences gained from my time at Loughborough to move into a career in elite sport as an SEM physician."

Jack Nash (Fifth Year Medical Student)
University of Manchester

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.

List of modules

Teaching and assessment

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 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 requirements 

Students who have completed at least two years of Medicine are eligible to apply. You should have successfully passed all your Medical School assessments.

Application procedures

Applicants should, in the first instance, write to the Student Support team (email:, expressing an interest in the Intercalated BSc degree. 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 is Friday 22nd March 2019.

Visit days

We hold a number of Visit Days throughout the year to give you a better idea of what it's like to study at Loughborough University.  All applicants who receive an offer from us are invited to a Visit Day.

On a Visit Day you’ll be able to:

  • find out more about the School and its facilities
  • see the campus, halls and sports facilities
  • meet staff and current students
  • get an idea of what student life is like at Loughborough

For further information please contact


Specific enquiries regarding the Intercalated BSc in Sport and Exercise Science should be made to:

Student Support
Undergraduate Office
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel:     +44 (0)1509 226302