BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences with Professional Training Year

UCAS code BC04
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD
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.

Programme structure

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 modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching.

Year 1

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

ESS1204 Foundations of Biomechanics 15
ESS1502 Sports Training Physiology 15
ESS1606 Nutrition and Metabolism 15
ESS1605 Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology 15
CSC1005 Integrated Human Physiology 30
CSC1004 Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists 30

Year 2

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules (one 15 credit module from ESS and one 15 credit module from CSC)

Compulsory Modules

ESS2004 Biomechanics and Kinesiology 15
ESS2001 Exercise Physiology 15
CSC2012 Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics 30
CSC2014 Principles of Medical Research 30

Optional Modules

Choose one of the 15 credit modules from the list below:

ESS2808 Sports Psychology 2: Skill Acquisition 15
ESS2508 Strength and Conditioning Physiology 15
ESS2509 Sports Nutrition and Metabolism 15
ESS2704 Learning and Teaching in Physical Education 15
CSC2009 Anatomical Sciences 15
CSC2008 Immunopathology 15
CSC2013 Medical Research Evaluation 15
CSC2006 Foundation in Neuroscience 15
CSC2005 Introduction to Pharmacology 15
CSC2004 Medical Genetics 15
CSC2007 Introduction to Health Research 15

Professional Training Year

(Compulsory modules)

CSC3003 Professional Training Year  120

Final Year

45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

ESS3302a Sport and Health Sciences Dissertation  45
ESS3304a Sport and Health Sciences Dissertation (Physiology) 45
CSC4020a Medical Sciences Research Project 45

Optional Modules

Students will be able to choose from the list of optional modules below:

CSC4022 Medical Imaging – Principles and Applications 15
CSC4021 Rehabilitation Science 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
ESS3808 Sport Psychology 30
CSC4003 Psychology Applied to Health 15
CSC4005 Pharmacogenomics 15
CSC4007 Medical Genomics  15
CSC4006 Rational Drug Design 15
CSC4009 Neuropharmacology 15
CSC4018 Health Economics 15
CSC4008 Frontiers in Neuroscience 30
CSC4019 Translational Medical Science 30
CSC4004 Managing Clinical Trials: Putting Science into Practice  15

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

A*AA; IB: 38; BTEC: D*DD

Required subjects

A level students: GCE AL Biology grade A and another science at grade A

GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’.

IB students: IB Biology at HL6 and a second science at HL6

BTEC studentsApplicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require two grade As in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.


Students joining the three-year programme will have the option to transfer to the four-year programme, and vice versa.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

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.

Laboratory sessions

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.

Online learning

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.

Contact us

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Academic support

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 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.