Loughborough University

The one-year Intercalated BSc (Hons) programme in Sport and Exercise Science has been run very successfully by Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences for a number of years. Graduates speak highly of the opportunity it provides for medical students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of the sport and exercise sciences and to engage with, and be part of, an excellent research, teaching and development community.

Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise-related behaviours and is thus central to the development of our understanding of the fundamental nature of human performance at all levels.

Sport and Exercise Scientists play an increasing part in helping us to analyse and respond to many other aspects of modern life. The world of elite sport is also looking more and more to the world of sports science and medicine for advice and guidance.  There is a growing awareness of the relevance of sport and exercise medicine to the health agenda. As the population is growing older and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease are becoming more prevalent, exercise is one of the few safe and effective treatments that can be applied to these diseases. Physicians, who have expertise in Sport and Exercise Science and, importantly, an awareness of its value, are therefore vital to performance in sport and in the improvement of the nation’s health and well-being.

The recognition of Sports and Exercise Medicine as a specialism by the Royal Colleges means that there are now career options in this area. In the UK, this trend has been enhanced by the hosting of the 2012 Olympics and by the legacies that events like these will leave. Indeed, Loughborough University has been pivotal in this legacy where we are collaborating across disciplines and institutions as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in the East Midlands (NCSEM-EM). This is an international centre of excellence for injury rehabilitation that is transforming the way in which physical activity and exercise are used in the prevention, treatment and management of long term conditions. By co-locating and combining the research, clinical services and education capabilities of three universities, two Hospital Trusts and a Healthcare Trust in a truly outstanding research environment, the NCSEM-EM is shaping education and clinical services and leading cutting-edge research.

Entry requirements

Students who have completed at least two years of Medicine are eligible to apply. You should have successfully passed all your Medical School assessments.

Closing date

Friday 20 March 2020.