BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD|
|Discipline||Medicine and Health|
|Location||Exeter (St Luke's Campus)|
Taught jointly by the University of Exeter Medical School and Sport and Health Sciences, this programme blends an understanding of the pathology, prevention and treatment of acute or chronic disease/injury, alongside an insight into the science underpinning the optimal preparation, performance and rehabilitation of the athlete or healing patient. The combination of medical sciences and sport and health sciences enables you to develop a holistic understanding of the human body and exercise and physical activity. The four year version, with Professional Training Year, offers you the opportunity to undertake a relevant work placement with an employer within the health sector or another appropriate sector.
The programme responds to a growing public health agenda which seeks to prevent disease and treat targeted disorders through appropriate physical activity, lifestyle-related health behaviours and nutrition. It provides a broad range of career opportunities particularly within medical sciences, rehabilitation, sport science, health and wellbeing sectors. On graduation, you will be well positioned to support the preparation and rehabilitation of athletes, with patients recovering from injury or illness, and to undertake roles aimed at improving lifestyle through increasing levels of sport and exercise in the population at large. You will also be well placed to pursue further postgraduate study in, for example, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Nursing.
“The course itself is unlike any in the country, and due to the added skill set from the programme combination, the range of graduate jobs/opportunities is far greater than that of just doing one of the courses.”
Laura, studying BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The new BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences programme will blend an understanding of the pathology, prevention and treatment of acute or chronic disease/injury with the science underpinning the optimal preparation, performance and rehabilitation/recovery of the athlete or healing patient.
The programme will comprise of modules delivered jointly by the Medical School and Sports and Health Science Department of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and include the opportunity for Professional Training (PTY) Placement in either disciplines. A wide range of module options are available in years 2 and the final year from a flexible range offered by both Colleges. The combination of medical sciences and sports and health science will develop a holistic understanding of the human body and exercise and physical activity to extend the range of career opportunities and employability training possible in fitness, health and wellbeing disciplines. The programme will provide access to expert academics, research and facilities on our St Luke’s Campus.
120 credits of compulsory modules
|ESS1204||Foundations of Biomechanics||15|
|ESS1502||Sports Training Physiology||15|
|ESS1606||Foundations of Nutrition and Metabolism||15|
|ESS1605||Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology||15|
|CSC1005||Integrated Human Physiology||30|
|CSC1004||Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists||30|
105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules
|ESS2004||Biomechanics and Kinesiology||15|
|CSC2012||Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics||30|
|CSC2014||Principles of Medical Research||30|
Students will be able to choose from the list of optional modules below:
|ESS2508||Strength and Conditioning Physiology||15|
|ESS2509||Sports Nutrition and Metabolism||15|
|ESS2704||Learning and Teaching in Physical Education||15|
|CSC2013||Medical Research Evaluation||15|
|CSC2006||Foundation in Neuroscience||15|
|CSC2005||Introduction to Pharmacology||15|
45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules
|TBC||Dissertation or Research Project||45|
Students will be able to choose from the list of optional modules below:
|CSC4022||Medical Imaging – Principles and Applications||15|
|ESS2900||Employability and Career Development||15|
|ESS3703||Paediatric Exercise Physiology||15|
|ESS3705||Sport, Physical Activity and Health||15|
|ESS3706||Integrated Physiology and Adaption to Physical (in) activity||15|
|ESS3707||Physiological determinants of exercise performance||15|
|ESS3804||Clinical Exercise Prescription||30|
|ESS3805||Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement||30|
|CSC4003||Psychology Applied to Health||15|
|CSC4006||Rational Drug Design||15|
Entry requirements 2019
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34; BTEC DDD
GCE AL Biology grade B and another science at grade B; IB Biology HL5 and a second science HL5.
GCE AL science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require two grade Bs in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
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Learning and teaching
Throughout the programme, you benefit from a careful blend of innovative and traditional teaching methods. A variety of stimulating, cutting-edge resources are also available to support your learning.
These methods include:
Lectures and seminars
Topics will be introduced in lectures, in some cases to groups of students from different programmes. These will then be examined further in smaller group seminar sessions which will enable further discussion about the topic with an expert facilitator.
These practical sessions will be conducted in a variety of biological science, exercise physiology and biomechanics or IT laboratories depending on the areas being explored. You will have the opportunity to carry out different techniques and procedures under the guidance of technicians and demonstrators.
Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials covering various science disciplines, formative online assessments and group discussion forums.
Regular assessment is used to help provide you with frequent feedback, enabling you to identify your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback and self, peer, tutor or small group feedback.
Assessment in the early stages of the degree tends to be more knowledge-based to ensure a strong and broad grounding in the subject area, with some opportunities for essay writing and critical analysis.
Assessment in the later degree stages tends to assess your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding and your ability to think independently. Some assessments take place in groups, focusing on the team product or how well you lead your team to complete a task.
A variety of assessment methods are employed across the programme, each aligned to the intended learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment formats include multiple-choice tests, essays, structured practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing, short-answer question tests and independent project work.
This programme is designed to prepare you for employment in a wide variety of professional careers and helps to develop the key transferable skills valued by employers.
These skills range from identifying and solving problems, to efficient communication, leadership and management. You will gain vocational skills within a range of laboratory settings during the programme.
Science graduates compete well in the graduate employment market as they offer strong analytical and problem-solving skills valued highly across all sectors.
Our graduates will be well placed for careers or further study in the areas of medicine, health and wellbeing coaching, sports and fitness coaching, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sports law, sports psychology, sports physiology, general teaching and marketing, sports management and administration for the public sector, sports governing bodies and health and lifestyle consultancy.
All students are assigned an academic tutor by the Medical School for the duration of your programme. Your academic tutor is there to help and support you in any areas related to your academic progress including providing advice on careers, employability and training events.
In addition to your academic tutor in the Medical School, you’ll be assigned a programme adviser from Sport and Health Sciences who will provide you with extra academic support for your Sport and Health Sciences modules.
Pastoral Support and Wellbeing
We offer a friendly and supportive environment from your first day with us. Our Pastoral Tutor team can provide assistance with non-academic issues and there is a designated Student Welfare Officer (SWO) for the Medical School. Prospective students can contact the SWO on email@example.com for student support enquiries.
The University also provides extensive wellbeing support through a range of services including counselling services, advice units, chaplaincy, childcare facilities and student health centres. Find out further information about our Wellbeing services.