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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences

Applying medical expertise to exercise

The impact modern life has on our bodies is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. More people are living a sedentary lifestyle, many countries are facing obesity epidemics and poor health is crippling the ageing population.

Concepts of health and exercise now extend far beyond athletic performance. Wellbeing, the influence of nutrition, preventing disease, and examining exercise from a medical perspective, all play a role in improving lives. Studying this area is your chance to make a real difference.

At King’s, you’ll divide your time between practical work in the lab and understanding underlying theory in several key areas: physiology, psychology, biomechanics, cell biology, nutrition, and clinical science. Because of the broad nature of the subject, this degree is a great starting point for a range of rewarding careers. 

Leading the way globally

We have expertise spanning human physiology, cardiology, psychology and nutrition. We have a particular strength in research into human physiology relating to sport and exercise sciences, and are ranked first in London (REF 2014).

What sets King’s apart from other universities is our global reputation for medical excellence and life-changing research. As part of King’s Health partners, we have close links to world-renowned hospitals across London, including Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas Hospitals. Leading consultants working in these hospitals provide expert teaching for our new Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences BSc.

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Course highlights

Focus on the science which underpins elite performance, and how it translates into prevention and treatment of disease

Lead by academics and clinicians, the course provides an understanding of how exercise and lifestyle choices impact health

Application of science to sports and exercise - including biomechanics, biochemistry, nutrition, psychology and physiology

King’s association with sport is long standing – we have world-class bio-analytical and pharmaceutical laboratories undertaking drug-related research, including the drug control centre  (DCC) the only World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited testing lab in the UK

Organisations look to us as leaders in the world of applied sports science. We have extensive links with elite organisations including English National Ballet and Tottenham Hotspur FC, as well as with the Royal Air Force and European Space Agency.

From Olympic Gold Medallists to the Fastest Woman in Britain, many great athletes have walked King's halls.

Dr Oliver Witard

Can’t spot us in the league tables? That’s because it’s a new course, but we are:

1st in London in in REF2014, in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism Unit of Assessment

6th in Europe for Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health (Times Higher Education subject ranking 2019).

17th in the world for medicine (Times Higher Education World University Ranking by subject 2019)

Specialist teaching facilities

Our students have access to some very special facilities including a fully equipped exercise physiology laboratory and an extreme environment chamber, as well as a brand new biomechanics and motor control laboratory at our Guy’s campus to support students in learning about performance improvement and recovery.

Explore our cutting edge facilities

Exercise physiology laboratory

Here you will find academics, clinicians and students working on a variety of projects involving the assessment of physiological and clinical measures, or testing multiple aspects of exercise performance and responses to training.

sems Exercise Physiology LabBiomechanics and motor control laboratory
This brand new facility contains a state of the art and fully integrated motion capture system which is used to investigate the mechanisms involved in the control of movements in athletes, the elderly and patients. Here the impact of treatment, training and rehabilitation programmes are assessed on their ability to support the recovery or improvement of performance.

sems Biomechanics and Motor Control Lab

Environmental chamber
Here, we can test how the human body responds to different extreme environments, and how physical and psychological performance can be effected by conditions such as prolonged high temperature and humidity, or low levels of oxygen like that at high attitude.

sems Environmental Chamber

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