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University of Waterloo Kinesiology was the first and is now one of the most established departments of its kind in the world.

Our research on human movement, from basic issues to applied aspects, ranges from cellular work examining systems that support and cause movements to exploring movement behaviour in society.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs give you the opportunity to conduct original research, engage in experiential learning, develop fundamental knowledge through course work, and obtain teaching experience; preparing you for health and movement science careers.

The Department offers course-based and thesis-based Master’s programs, as well as a Doctoral program specializing in Biomechanics, Neuroscience, and Physiology/Nutrition. The Department also offers a collaborative Doctoral program in Aging, Health, and Well-Being.

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Our Kinesiology professors are national and world leaders in health and movement science. Their research programs are awarded in excess of $3 million annually from various agencies including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Heart and Stroke Foundation, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, and the Canadian Space Agency.

Based in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and affiliated with numerous research centres and groups, the Department of Kinesiology offers you the opportunity for intensive specialization while benefiting from active collaborations and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of health and well-being.

Outstanding research facilities

Our laboratories and clinical research facilities are among the finest in North America and contain state-of-the-art equipment for graduate studies and research.

Technical experts can help you design and fabricate research equipment in-house. Utilizing our in-house  workshop facility, our experts can service existing equipment, build new equipment, or modify equipment to suit your specific research needs.

University of Waterloo Kinesiology is also one of the few non-medical programs in Canada with a School of Anatomy. If your studies require a thorough understanding of human anatomy, you can access dissected cadaveric materials, prepared specimens, and skeletons through the School.

Dr. Joe Quadrilatero
Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

Denise Hay
Graduate Co-ordinator, Graduate Studies

See our students in action

Video of Matt Vonk's winning three minute thesis presentation.

See our graduate students present their research with just one slide and three minutes.