School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Undergraduate study

Sport and Exercise Science (Intercalated)

Course 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 as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands (NCSEM-EM). This is an international centre of excellence for injury rehabilitation that is transforming 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 is shaping education and clinical services and leading cutting-edge research.

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

Semester 1

Module title

Modular weight

Sport Pedagogy 3

20

Sport Injuries

10

Sport, the Body and Deviance

10

Psychology of Coaching and Physical Education

10

Performance Psychology for Sporting Excellence

10

 

Semester 2

Module title

Modular weight

Teaching and Coaching 3

20

Sport Nutrition

10

Sport, Celebrity and Place

10

Advanced Motor Control of Sports Movements

10

Physical Activity and Health of Children

20

Sport Psychology in Action

10

Applied Exercise Psychology

10

Global Issues in Sport

10

Year-long modules 

Module title

Modular weight

Dissertation

40

Project: Physiology

40

Advanced Sport Biomechanics

20

Science and Elite Performance in Sport

20

Physiology of Sport, Exercise and Health

20

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, 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.

How to apply

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

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 2019/20 is Friday 22nd March 2019.

Contact Details

Email:  Ug-sport@lboro.ac.uk

Tel:     +44 (0)1509 226302