UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

Sport & 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). 

The programme aims to give students a significant medical orientation to the scientific principles underpinning sport, exercise, physical activity and inactivity, as well as potential risks such as injuries. 

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of: 
  • the medical sciences pertaining to human body systems in health and disease, including relevant anatomy and physiology;
  • the cardiorespiratory and muscle physiological responses to exercise training; 
  • common sport and exercise-related injuries, their scientific basis, clinical assessment, prevention and management. 
Students will acquire skills in: 
  • evidence-based exercise prescription for health, high performance sport, and the prevention and management of chronic diseases to improve the health of the nation; 
  • clinical and biomechanical assessment of common sports injuries and their management;
  • fundamental applied research skills and medical statistics. 
Career destinations

Graduates will be equipped to progress into a wide range of careers related to:

  • Exercise medicine, including exercise promotion, prescription, facilitation and behaviour change. 
  • Exercise science, including physiology, injury prevention and rehabilitation. 
  • Public health. 
  • Academia, such as NHS scientists, research and teaching. 
  • Allied industries such as pharmaceutical, nutrition and elite sport. 
  • Vocations such as Medicine or Physiotherapy via graduate training programmes.


Each of the three years consists of 8 taught modules, including a research project. 

Medical Science modules include: 
  • 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 
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Pharmacology and Drug Action
Sport & Exercise modules include: 
  • Musculoskeletal systems in health & disease 
  • The Nervous System 
  • Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging
  • Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Muscle Physiology and Strength & Conditioning
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Health and Behaviour
  • Bioscience & Society: Public engagement, policy and funding (option)
  • Sports Nutrition 
  • Tissue Injury, Healing & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries I
  • Sports Injuries II 
Research skills modules include:  
  • Data Interpretation & Evaluation of Science
  • Statistics for Medical Scientists
  • Introduction to Clinical Trials (option) 
  • Health Economics (option) 
Research Project 

Students will have access to a large array of research projects at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Health (ISEH), and its partners     which include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and University College London Hospitals.   

Programme Administrator Stephanie McColl  s.mccoll@ucl.ac.uk 020 7679 6248
Programme Director  Professor Fares Haddad fares.haddad@ucl.ac.uk  
Programme Lead  Dr Bhavesh Kumar  bhavesh.kumar@ucl.ac.uk 020 7679 6248

Professor Fares Haddad

Prof Fares Haddad

Honorary Professor at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, UCL Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics at University College London Hospitals

Professor Fares Haddad is a Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgeon at University College Hospitals. He is Divisional Clinical Director of Surgical Specialties at UCH, and Director of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London. He graduated from the University College London Hospitals with a First Class BSc and MB BS. His basic training in hip and knee surgery and reconstruction started in London on the St Bartholomew's, Royal Free and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rotations and was subsequently enhanced by fellowship training in the United States and Canada including a year in Vancouver and time in Boston, Los Angeles and Gainsville. He was the gold medallist in the FRCS (Orth) exam and has gained a large number of prizes and prestigious academic awards. He has been an EFORT Travelling Fellow, British Hip Society Travelling Fellow and ABC Travelling Fellow in 2004. He was a Hunterian Professor in 2005. Professor Haddad's clinical and research endeavours have centred around hip and knee reconstruction. His interests include the expansion of knee and hip arthroscopic techniques to deal with sports injuries, uncemented hip and knee prosthetic technology, new bearing surfaces and outcomes assessment in hip, knee and revision arthroplasty and use of allografting and other transplant and stem cell techniques in hip and knee reconstruction. His work also encompasses minimally invasive hip and knee surgery and novel strategies to manage patients with knee ligament injuries. He provides medical input at elite level for a number of sports including football, athletics, rugby, boxing and martial arts. He has presented and published widely on key aspects of hip and knee surgery and continues to lead a clinical research group with interests in knee joint preservation after injury, the genetic causation of bone disease and bone quality, prosthetic design and performance and in particular outcomes measurement after hip and knee surgery. He is editorial consultant Sports Injury Bulletin and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Arthroplasty, Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and Hospital Medicine. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Professor Haddad has been instrumental in setting up collaboration between UCH, UCL, Elite Sport and Private partners in order to set up, develop and fund the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health in London as an International Centre of Excellence.

More information on his research and publications



Dr Bhavesh Kumar is Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, UCL and Honorary Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at UCLH. He graduated in Medicine from Imperial College London in 2004. His early post-graduate training was in Surgery and then General Practice, during which time he successfully achieved the honour of Membership of both the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of General Practitioners. He chose to specialise in Sport & Exercise Medicine and was awarded a position on the coveted London Deanery specialty training program. Bhavesh has acquired considerable experience managing a broad range of elite and amateur athletes through posts at the Olympic Medical Institute, the English Institute of Sport, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, and during a six-month fellowship at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. He was awarded a British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine Fellowship that took him to Centres of Excellence at the University of Toronto and McMaster University in Canada, and at Harvard in the USA to study Sport & Exercise Medicine for children and adolescents. 

Bhavesh is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH), University College Hospital London, as well as at the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. At the ISEH, he leads the National Tendinopathy Centre clinical and research pathways. He is a keen advocate of using musculoskeletal ultrasonography within clinic to facilitate early accurate diagnosis and injection therapy when necessary to promote effective rehabilitation. 

His academic work also includes co-leading the University College London (UCL) Sports Medicine Exercise & Health Masters program based at the ISEH. He is Patron of the UCL Undergraduate Sports & Exercise Medicine Society. His current research interests also include Prolotherapy for certain orthopaedic complaints, and antibiotic and injection therapies for back pain.

Bhavesh is currently team physician to West Ham United, AFC Wimbledon, and the England Football Association men’s deaf squad. He works as a Consultant to British Athletics during camps and competitions at home and abroad, as well The European Tour Golf and Saracens rugby academy. He was a Medical Officer for athletics and endurance events, including marathons, road cycling, triathlons and race walks, at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and with England Athletics at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 


Tendinopathy, spine, groin, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography, physical activity prescription, children and adolescent sport exercise and health


Football, Athletics, Golf, Rugby, Disability Sport