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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc at King's

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‘Our aim is to integrate basic and medical sciences teaching to raise the bar over traditional sport science courses, and by doing so, to develop scientists who can specialise in a range of disciplines.’ Dr Richard Bruce, course lead 

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The Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc combines the underlying science of human performance and physical activity, with an understanding of the pathology of acute and chronic diseases.


  • Gain an in-depth understanding of human performance and what affects and enhances the performance of elite athletes

  • Understand the effect of exercise on health improvement and public health

  • Assess the application of science to sport and exercise including, nutrition and psychology

Taster Days 

We have a series of taster sessions, both on-campus and online, where you can find out more about the course and what King's has to offer: 

  • Wednesday 24th October 2018, 13:00 - 16:00, Guy's Campus: On-campus taster session.  Book you place here 

  • Wednesday 20th February 2018, 13:00 - 16:00, Guy's Campus: On-campus taster session. Book you place here

Why study Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences at King’s?

Studying Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences, not only will you  learn about the science underpinning our understanding of human performance but also understand from a clinical perspective the effect of exercise on health improvement.

Ranked 6th in the UK for Sport & Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism (REF2014), King’s expertise spans skeletal, cardiac and respiratory muscles, ageing, tissue regeneration and environmental physiology - few institutions carry out research on human physiology which encompasses such a diverse range. 

You will be taught at the centrally located Guy's Campus, London Bridge, where students are taught by world-leading academics including those at the forefront of human physiology.

The clinical elements running through the course support a route into a range of health-related careers ranging from physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sport psychology, clinical physiology or medicine.

*(QS, World University Rankings) 


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Meet the Course Lead, Dr Richard Bruce

Dr Richard Bruce studied Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham and then completed an MSc in Human and Applied Physiology at King’s College London. He undertook his PhD at the University of Birmingham, and much of his post-doctoral research was conducted at the University of Oxford. Dr Bruce took up the post of Lecturer at King’s College London in 2017 and is the lead for the new Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

Dr Bruce’s research interests include examining the neural control of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise, and how this may be altered by chronic disease and contribute to breathlessness and exercise intolerance. Alongside colleagues at Oxford, he is also interested in the development of new technologies that can non-invasively monitor cardio-respiratory function. 

Follow his Twitter account: @Kingsportscien 

Meet the rest of the team

Dr Alison Snape, Senior Lecturer, Head of Teaching Department of Biochemistry:

Dr Snape teaches on the Sports Science Module and leads on the Biochemistry Module. She received the Sustained Excellence Award in 2017, her third Teaching Excellence Award from her students at King’s so far.

She is co-author of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Now in its sixth edition, it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. 


Dr Caroline Jolley, Senior Lecturer, Human Physiology:

Dr Jolley is a respiratory physician and has a specialist interest in respiratory muscle function and physiology in health and disease. Follow her on Twitter: @cjolley192  


Dr Federico Formenti, Senior Lecturer, Human Physiology:

Dr Formenti leads the Exercise Biology Module. He is a Trustee and Member of The Physiological Society. He led a study at the University of Oxford in 2015, which has made estimating the oxygen that a cyclist can process much more accurate.


Dr Georgina Ellison, Reader, Human Physiology:

Dr Ellison is the first author of a ground-breaking study that highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart . Follow her on Twitter: @SuperGME  


Dr Gerrard Rafferty, Reader, Human Physiology:

Dr Rafferty has research interests in respiratory physiology and the relationship between drive, load and respiratory muscle pump capacity in health and disease from infancy through to adulthood. He supervises many of the projects running in the King’s Muscle Lab as well as teaching on the course.


Dr Irene Di Giulio, Lecturer, Human Anatomy and Biomechanics:

Dr Di Giulio joined the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) at King’s College in April 2017. Follow her on Twitter: @idigiulio 


Dr Michael Aitken-Deakin, Director of Undergraduate Psychology & Reader of Psychology:

Dr Aitken is the lead for the Psychology Module. Follow him on Twitter: @mrfaitkendeakin 


Dr Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Senior Lecturer, Cancer Epidemiology:

Dr Van Hemelrijck is the lead for the Sport, Exercise, Medicine and Health I Module (first year). She is Head of the Cancer Epidemiology Group at King’s, where she works mainly on prostate cancer, including co-ordinating the network that brings together all researchers and clinicians involved in prostate cancer research at King’s Health Partners. Follow her on Twitter: @MVanHeme 


Dr Nabeel Sheikh, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Inherited Cardiac Conditions and Imaging:

Dr Sheikh is joint lead for the Sport, Exercise, Medicine and Health I Module. Here’s a short recent presentation of his on Sudden Cardiac Death in young athletes.


Dr Rachel Bastiaenen, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cardiology:

Dr Bastiaenen is joint lead for the Sport, Exercise, Medicine and Health II and III modules (second and third year). Follow her on Twitter: @rach_bastiaenen 


Dr Sophie Medlin, Lecturer, Nutrition & Dietetics:

Dr Medlin is the Nutrition Module lead. As well as teaching on the course, she works as a freelance dietitian, and has her own blog.  You can also follow her on Twitter: @SophieDietitian 


Dr Thomas G Smith, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Anaesthetics:

Dr Smith joined the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) at King’s College in August 2017.

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