Taught course

Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences

UCL Undergraduate · Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

Entry requirements


  • Grades: AAB (BBB for contextual offers)
  • Subjects: Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics required.
  • GCSEs: 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-reqs.

IB Diploma

  • Points: 36 (or 32 for contextual offers)
  • Subjects: A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including Biology and either Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

Months of entry


Course content

Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences is an innovative programme that equips you with skills in sport and exercise healthcare to apply to patients and populations with chronic diseases. You will learn about the human body in health and disease as well as in exercise and athletic performance; exercise prescription for the management of medical conditions; performance optimisation; assessment, management and prevention of sport injuries; and scientific research skills.

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).

The programme begins 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 then be introduced to how the body responds during exercise.

In year two the foundations of sport and exercise medicine are taught, from the principles of exercise training and performance optimisation, 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 are also optional modules.

Year three comprises the research project, and modules covering exercise prescription, sports nutrition, assessment and management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, their rehabilitation and prevention.

Fees and funding

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Atalanta Hersey