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Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences is a novel degree program that bridges traditional sports science degrees and the newest medical specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). You will learn about human body systems in health and disease as well as in sport and exercise performance; prevention and treatment of medical conditions through physical activity; sports injuries and performance optimisation; and research skills.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
Biology and Chemistry required.

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

32 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Chemistry and Biology required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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

Degree benefits

  • SEMS is a new, exciting and unique cross-faculty programme designed to turn top students of today into leading health professionals and scientists of tomorrow.

  • SEMS will ground students in the medical sciences with a focus on exercise medicine, sports injuries, human health and disease, leading to careers across healthcare, industry, academia and elite sport.

  • You will be taught by leading scientists, clinicians, and academics at the prestigious Bloomsbury and Hampstead campuses.

  • There are opportunities to learn alongside peers on related programmes, and collaborate on research across UCL, the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health and its partners including the International Olympic Committee, the English Institute of Sport, and University College London Hospitals.

Degree structure

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).

Across three years this programme steadily transitions from general medical science to sport and exercise-specific learning. Taught research skills modules prepare students for their own dissertation. Up to eight modules are taken and assessed in each academic year.

The programme starts with the foundations of human biology and medicine, covering how the body works, what goes wrong in disease and how to treat it; students will later be introduced to physiological adaptations during exercise.

In year two there is further teaching on the foundations of clinical sport and exercise, from the energy requirements to perform, to the behavioural psychology and skills to promote appropriate physical activity for health and in disease. Students learn essential medical research and statistical skills to start their research project. There is also an optional module.

Year three comprises the research project, and five modules covering exercise prescription, musculoskeletal and sports injuries, rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning for performance optimisation.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Foundations in Health and Disease

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease

The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism

Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance

Infection, Inflammation and Repair

Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease

Sport & Exercise Physiology

Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science

Core or compulsory module(s)

Molecular Basis of Disease

The Nervous System

Pharmacology and Drug Action

Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging

Sports Nutrition

Health and Behaviour

Statistics for Medical Scientists

Optional modules

You will select one module from the following options:

Introduction to Clinical Trials

Health Economics

Bioscience & Society: Public engagement, policy and funding

Core or compulsory module(s)

Principles of Tissue Injury, Healing and Rehabilitation

Muscle Physiology and Sports Strength and Conditioning

Exercise Medicine

Sports Injuries I

Sports Injuries II

Research Project

Your learning

A wide range of teaching strategies are employed to suit different learning styles, but independent study outside of taught time is an essential component of adult learning. Small group tutorials predominate, used to explore students’ understanding and application of lecture-based and online interactive learning.  Lab practicals are used for experimental work as well as clinical skills teaching.


Assessment methods include online and written examinations, including multiple-choice or short-answer question format; coursework in the form of written assignments, oral and poster presentations; practical skills assessment; and online participation. The dissertation is written as an academic paper aiming for publication.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc.


The prestige of UCL and our allied sports institutes stands SEMS graduates in good stead to progress to a host of careers that require a sound understanding of medicine and science, from patient healthcare and industry such as pharma and nutrition, through to elite sport or academia including research and clinical trials.

Students would also be well placed to apply for higher research degrees, such as an MSc, PhD and NHS scientist programmes, or vocational degrees such as medicine or physiotherapy.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£24,760 (2019/20)

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

The core textbooks for all modules are available in UCL Libraries (including the Royal Free library), and journal articles in your reading lists are available to download electronically. Some students may wish to purchase their own text books or print course documents and if you would like to do this, then we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this. In addition students will be required to pay for their own travel costs to placements or project locations, depending upon he proje


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.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

Prospective students will be academically able, and also demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and professional behaviours that future people- or patient-facing careers would require. We will be looking for examples on personal statements and in references. Students should demonstrate the value of physical activity, drawing on their 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


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

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.