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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

UCAS code: BC16

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

To truly understand how sport and exercise affects the body, it’s vital to take an approach rooted in medical insight. On this ground-breaking degree, you’ll investigate how movement prevents disease, nutrition influences health and physical inactivity changes our body. There are few places in the world better placed to develop your learning than the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s. Not only do we have connections to London’s many centres of sporting excellence, our course benefits from the research and teaching at one of the world’s great medical schools.

Key benefits

  • Explore a broad area that covers several related disciplines including nutrition, biochemistry and psychology
  • Benefit from our extensive expertise – few institutions cover such a diverse range of human physiology research areas
  • Learn from lecturers who are world leaders in areas including skeletal, cardiac and respiratory muscle physiology, ageing, tissue regeneration, and more
  • Be the first to hear drug-related breakthroughs from our world-class bio-analytical and pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Complete research projects under the supervision of leading researchers or work with an elite organisation
Juditha Gurumurthy

The range of modules allow me to expand my interests and work towards my passion. It is a new and relevant course in today’s society.

Judi, Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences, 2nd year

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Medical expertise meets your traditional sport science programme. We’ve created a course that combines the science of human performance and physical activity with an understanding of disease. You’ll explore a diverse range of areas connected to the world of exercise and sport including physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You’ll be able to use the very latest equipment at King’s. Every module includes work in our labs – you might be testing how the body responds to extreme conditions in our environmental chamber or analysing movement in our biomechanics and motor control laboratory. In your first year, you’ll explore the principles of human biology, psychology and research. In our dissecting room, our experts will teach you about anatomy with real human specimens. At other universities, this is a practice reserved for medical students. At King’s, we know it’s critical to see how the body functions with your own eyes. Moving into your second year, you’ll complete a module taught by two leading consultant cardiologists. You’ll also watch demonstrations of clinical techniques, including echocardiography, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, and pulmonary function testing. You’ll also be able to pick from a range of optional modules, from applied sport science to pure cell biology. The highlight of any BSc programme is the final year project – it gives you the chance to make an impact in an area that interests you. You might decide to carry out a lab-based project at King’s or with one of our partner Trusts. At this point, some students have the opportunity to work with an elite organisation such as English National Ballet or Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Base campus

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Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Subjects must include two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

34 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with Higher Level subjects in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Find out more about the subject of Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences at King's here.

At King’s, you’ll learn from the best. Many of our teaching team are from a medical background, while others have studied extensively in the field of sport and exercise. They know how to breakdown complex ideas effectively – Dr James Clark has even won a UK award for teaching in physiology.

Research is extremely important to us, but we’re always one step ahead in teaching too. Sometimes we’ll record the lecture for you to listen to at home, then run a session where you’ll answer questions on it. Or your lecturer might even run a session inspired by a TV show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Meet our experts

“The difference between us and most other universities is we’re not just teaching sport and exercise science. At King’s, we’re sport and exercise medical scientists. As a student, you’ll be part of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and learn from consultants leading the way in their area.”Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 105 to 130 hours personal study time per 15 credit module.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Practical assessment
  • Written Work

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework – written work and presentations – examinations and, for some optional modules, practical assessment.

In years one and two you will spend 25% of time in scheduled learning/teaching, and 75% of your time in guided independent study.

In year three you will spend 30% of time in scheduled learning/teaching, and 70% of your time in guided independent study.

Assessement breakdown

Course Stage Examination Coursework Practical
Year 1 60% 35% 5%
Year 2 60% 35% 5%
Year 3 50% 40% 10%

 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits per year. In the first year, all modules are compulsory. In the second year there are three compulsory modules (Sport, Exercise, Health & Medicine II; Library Project; and Research Methods). The remaining modules are optional, and lie within the strands of: psychology, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and biomechanics. In the final year, there are two compulsory modules including a research project and, in addition, students must undertake 60 credits of optional modules. Modules should fit together into a coherent programme of study.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The World Health Organisation have reported public health approaches are key for managing disease. For new initiatives to be introduced, society depends on people with expertise in this area to research, educate and encourage a shift in behaviour.

All of this will help you stand out to employers in the NHS and public health sector.

Our graduates apply their skills to a wide range of roles:

  • Support and analysis of elite athletes
  • Rehabilitation of athletes and patients
  • Academia including research and teaching
  • Public health

You’ll also be in an excellent position to continue to postgraduate study in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical physiology
  • Medicine

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video
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Medical expertise meets your traditional sport science programme. We’ve created a course that combines the science of human performance and physical activity with an understanding of disease. You’ll explore a diverse range of areas connected to the world of exercise and sport including physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You’ll be able to use the very latest equipment at King’s. Every module includes work in our labs – you might be testing how the body responds to extreme conditions in our environmental chamber or analysing movement in our biomechanics and motor control laboratory. In your first year, you’ll explore the principles of human biology, psychology and research. In our dissecting room, our experts will teach you about anatomy with real human specimens. At other universities, this is a practice reserved for medical students. At King’s, we know it’s critical to see how the body functions with your own eyes. Moving into your second year, you’ll complete a module taught by two leading consultant cardiologists. You’ll also watch demonstrations of clinical techniques, including echocardiography, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, and pulmonary function testing. You’ll also be able to pick from a range of optional modules, from applied sport science to pure cell biology. The highlight of any BSc programme is the final year project – it gives you the chance to make an impact in an area that interests you. You might decide to carry out a lab-based project at King’s or with one of our partner Trusts. At this point, some students have the opportunity to work with an elite organisation such as English National Ballet or Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Subjects must include two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

34 points

including 6,5,5 at Higher Level with Higher Level subjects in two of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Find out more about the subject of Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences at King's here.

At King’s, you’ll learn from the best. Many of our teaching team are from a medical background, while others have studied extensively in the field of sport and exercise. They know how to breakdown complex ideas effectively – Dr James Clark has even won a UK award for teaching in physiology.

Research is extremely important to us, but we’re always one step ahead in teaching too. Sometimes we’ll record the lecture for you to listen to at home, then run a session where you’ll answer questions on it. Or your lecturer might even run a session inspired by a TV show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Meet our experts

“The difference between us and most other universities is we’re not just teaching sport and exercise science. At King’s, we’re sport and exercise medical scientists. As a student, you’ll be part of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and learn from consultants leading the way in their area.”Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 105 to 130 hours personal study time per 15 credit module.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Practical assessment
  • Written Work

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework – written work and presentations – examinations and, for some optional modules, practical assessment.

In years one and two you will spend 25% of time in scheduled learning/teaching, and 75% of your time in guided independent study.

In year three you will spend 30% of time in scheduled learning/teaching, and 70% of your time in guided independent study.

Assessement breakdown

Course Stage Examination Coursework Practical
Year 1 60% 35% 5%
Year 2 60% 35% 5%
Year 3 50% 40% 10%

 

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits per year. In the first year, all modules are compulsory. In the second year there are three compulsory modules (Sport, Exercise, Health & Medicine II; Library Project; and Research Methods). The remaining modules are optional, and lie within the strands of: psychology, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and biomechanics. In the final year, there are two compulsory modules including a research project and, in addition, students must undertake 60 credits of optional modules. Modules should fit together into a coherent programme of study.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The World Health Organisation have reported public health approaches are key for managing disease. For new initiatives to be introduced, society depends on people with expertise in this area to research, educate and encourage a shift in behaviour.

All of this will help you stand out to employers in the NHS and public health sector.

Our graduates apply their skills to a wide range of roles:

  • Support and analysis of elite athletes
  • Rehabilitation of athletes and patients
  • Academia including research and teaching
  • Public health

You’ll also be in an excellent position to continue to postgraduate study in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical physiology
  • Medicine

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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