Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc (2025)

Gain the academic and practical foundation needed to work in both athletic performance and clinical environments. On this BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences degree, you'll learn all about how the human body functions in health and disease, and how it responds to exercise for health and performance. This is one of the only sport science courses that also covers injury management, setting you apart from other graduates in this field.

UK students International students
Study mode
3 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Programme starts
September 2024
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

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Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics with Biology at grade B.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including 6 in Biology and either Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry, with no higher level score below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

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A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score higher level below 5. For Mathematics, the programme will accept either 'Analysis and Approaches' or 'Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Biology plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at Advanced Higher.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Biology required, plus one from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

Become a leading health professional and scientist of the future with our Sport and Exercise Medical Science degree. Our course allows you to study sport and exercise from both a medical and sports science approach. This exclusive combination will give you a significant point of difference in your career.

While studying with us, you'll gain an in-depth grounding in medical sciences, with a focus on exercise medicine, sports injuries, human health and performance, and disease. The course covers the foundations of human biology and medicine, such as how the body works, what goes wrong in disease, and how to treat it. We then introduce you to how the body responds during exercise.

You'll explore how exercise is used to prevent and manage disease, assess injury, and inform rehabilitation and performance. You'll also gain a strong understanding of managing injury, something that’s not taught in standard sport science courses. 

The course provides the ideal background for careers across healthcare, industry, academia, and elite sport.

You'll be taught by leading scientists, clinicians and academics at our Bloomsbury and Hampstead campuses and at the world-leading Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) in the heart of London.

What this course will give you

  • Great preparation for careers across healthcare, industry, academia, and elite sport. You'll have a strong foundation in medical sciences covering exercise medicine, sports injuries, human health and performance, and disease.
  • A unique set of skills. The clinical medical specialism of this course sets it apart from traditional sports science degrees. Your skills will include evidence-based exercise prescription, clinical and biomechanical assessment of common sports injuries and their management, and fundamental applied research skills and medical statistics.
  • Flexibility. Optional topics such as public engagement, policy and bioscience funding mean the course is also ideal for anyone who is interested in public health, strategy and government policy and wants to work in non-clinical fields. You will be prepared to tackle the urgent questions surrounding the burden of chronic disease on society.
  • Strong reputation. UCL is ranked 7th in the world for Medicine and 20th for Sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings, 2022). The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health's international network in both elite performance and public health provides prestigious career opportunities for our best students.
  • Develop a thorough grounding in human body systems, health and disease, anatomy, and physiology. The course bridges the gap between traditional biomedical science and innovations in exercise medicine.
  • Access a vibrant research community of leading scientists, clinicians, and academics at UCL. You'll also work with students of related programmes and participate in projects across the university.
  • Collaborate on research undertaken by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health and its partners, including the English Institute of Sport, the International Olympic Committee and University College London Hospitals.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Year one

In year one, you gain a strong basis of human physiology in health and in disease, sports anatomy and imaging, and exercise physiology.

Year two

In year two, you build on your knowledge of health, disease, and adaptations to exercise to design exercise training programmes for healthy populations. You also broaden your knowledge by studying immunity, nutrition, and psychology.

Year three

In year three, you bring together everything you have acquired in the first two years by studying injury assessment and rehabilitation, sport performance optimisation and exercise medicine. You also complete a research project.

Your learning

This is a highly practical programme. You will learn through a mix of lectures, interactive workshops, group discussion, laboratory work, biomechanical and clinical assessment, exercise training and performance testing.

In years one and two, each week you will practise your performance assessment skills through physical testing in the lab. In year three, each week you will practise your clinical skills on how to assess injuries and will continue to practise your applied skills through performance testing in the lab.

Depending which research project you choose, you may also spend a lot of time testing participants to gather data on their health and fitness. You’ll have access to world-class equipment such as VO2MAX testing, dynamometers, force plates, accelerometers, electrocardiograms, and body composition machinery.

The development of your employability skills is strongly supported throughout the degree.

There are typically 2-4 contact hours per module per week, and on average, 4-6 hours of independent learning per module per week.


Formative assessments are embedded throughout the degree to help you develop your learning and academic skills. These include:

  • Problem-based learning workshops
  • Informal presentations
  • Interactive workshops
  • Gamification
  • Peer feedback.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc - Is exercise really a magic pill?

Join us for an online taster session where we explore how exercise can be applied in health and in disease. We will talk through the Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences programme of studies, and will discuss some examples of how exercise is used in various research contexts, from military performance, to injury prevention, to obesity, to cognition and mental wellbeing. The taster event will also include key course information and the chance to ask questions to both teaching staff and a current student.

Online - Open day

Undergraduate Virtual Open Days

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The foundation of your career

You will emerge an experienced sports graduate with hands-on experience, insight in clinical applications of exercise, insight in injury management, and an interdisciplinary vision of sport and exercise science. Graduates will have advantages over sport scientists as this degree consolidates your knowledge of clinical physiology, injury management and exercise medicine.


The world of sport, exercise and health is vast and provides broad professional opportunities for graduates, from working as a biomechanist, physiologist or coach, to a performance analyst or clinical exercise practitioner.

By the end of the course, you’ll be in a strong position to go on to work as a professional in any area of sport performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, sport science research and industry, clinical exercise prescription and population health.

Unlike traditional UK sports science or sport and exercise science programmes, our degree provides an in-depth medical and clinical grounding to sport and exercise performance. This equips students for broader career choices, including patient-facing careers that serve to improve health, longevity and quality of life.

You'll also be well placed to apply for higher research degrees, such as an MSc, PhD and NHS scientist programmes, or vocational graduate programmes in medicine or physiotherapy.


There are no additional requirements for you to work in the field of sport and exercise once you complete your degree. However, to enhance your CV further, you have a few options. You may wish to apply for accreditation as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) with this degree and 1,200 hours of clinical experience. You may wish to apply for accreditation as a Certified Exercise Practitioner with this degree and any Level 4 Exercise certification (eg. REPS or ACSM Level 4 personal trainer).

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs directly related to the course. All equipment and learning resources are provided by the University.

You will be travelling between campuses for specific modules (Bloomsbury, Royal Free Hospital), so you will face travel costs within London once or twice a week, depending on your choices.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

Prospective students will be academically able and demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and professional behaviours that future public- or patient-facing careers would require. Excellent dominion of the English Language, both written and verbal, is essential to successfully complete the degree. We will be looking for examples of these skills in personal statements and in references. You should also demonstrate the value of physical activity, drawing on your own experiences.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

We will use your predicted or achieved academic qualifications, your personal statement and your reference to decide whether to offer you a place.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.