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Sports Science in Relation to Medicine Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you have an interest in sport and exercise, this programme will allow you to understand more fully the scientific foundations of sporting performace and health related exercise; you will study elements of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sport psychology and work alongside final year sport and exercise students.

    Our medical students have enjoyed this programme. They typically find the course challenging, providing them with opportunities to gain experience in laboratory based skills and research training. Previous students have presented their research at student medical conferences and regional sport medicine interest groups. Our students often comment on; the benefit of working in research teams to complete experimental work; making use of the support provided to help them develop academic writing skills; looking holistically at issues that relate to health and disease.

  • Course content

    • By the end of this programme, you should have an understanding of the contribution of the disciplines of sports science to the understanding of performance enhancement in its various forms.
    • You should be able to demonstrate a broad appreciation of each of the major sports science disciplines (biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control/sports psychology), and an in-depth appreciation of at least one of the disciplines, and their relationship to exercise and/or sport.
    • You will be introduced to state-of-the-art techniques currently in use in research laboratories and will have an understanding of the mathematical, theoretical and conceptual foundations of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sports and exercise psychology.
    • Analytical, evaluation and design skills necessary for work in a research environment will have been developed.
    • Health and exercise is a key issue for both medical practitioners and for sports scientists and this programme will provide an added dimension and focus for your medicine related studies.
    • A major feature of the programme is the research project, which will enable you to bring your own perspective to a group project, and to work alongside staff at the forefront of their area of research.

    Research projects

    Projects can be either laboratory or field based. In both case state of the art equipment is used to collect data. Project titles cover the full breath of disciplines in sport and exercise science for example; attention and joint coupling in jumping tasks, sudden cardiac death during active sports: would screening be cost effective?; Can ventilator efficiency provide an effective measure of performance?; The role of physical activity in psychological recovery from chronic disease and disability. The research project itself is written up as a journal article and this lends itself well to some students having the opportunity for publication.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science II 40 credits
    • Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science 20 credits
    • Advanced Exercise Physiology 10 credits
    • Sport Medicine, Health and Nutrition 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Sports Science in Relation to Medicine BSc in the course catalogue

    Assessment

    Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in-course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.


  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements


    Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent. For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    Please note:

    In addition to the application form you will be required a write a 500 word statement on why you wish to study the subject. This statement should demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in understanding the influence physical activity and exercise may have on general health, disease prevention, and/or rehabilitation. In addition, the statement should provide evidence of curricular and extracurricular engagement with allied topics, and awareness of health care issues related to physical activity and exercise.

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    The course is designed to give you a challenging, enjoyable and rewarding year which will add significantly to your skills, knowledge, and enhance your career opportunities on graduation.

    The course allows full integration with existing science based BSc courses and the chance of a substantive research project.

    In addition to providing subject-specific knowledge, we equip you with the best possible skills for future careers. There is a strong emphasis on practical based teaching, small group teaching, online learning and problem solving. You will gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. You will be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your intercalating year.