Creating a healthier future
As the world's first Department of Kinesiology, we continue to ignite an interdisciplinary approach to optimize health, prevent injury and illness, and extend the years of high-quality life.
Our nationally and internationally recognized and respected doctoral program provides the opportunity to understand cellular to societal implications of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle - preparing you for careers in a wide range of health fields.
In the Doctor of Philosophy program, you'll complete graduate courses including cross-disciplinary seminars and specialized graduate research seminars, complete comprehensive examinations, contribute to a growing body of knowledge through research and submit your work to peer-reviewed presentations and publications. Course work and research are focused in three fields: Biomechanics, Neuroscience or Physiology and Nutrition.
A minimum residency of 9 terms from honours bachelor's degree, or 6 terms from master's degree, registered as a full‑time student, is required.
- Full-time from master’s level: 12 terms (4 years)
- Part-time: 24 terms (8 years)
Applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of each faculty member. Before you apply, it is important that you contact the individual faculty member to communicate your interest and confirm whether they are accepting new students to supervise. To learn more about our faculty members – including their research interests – visit our professor profiles.
Our students are known for achieving high levels of autonomy in design, conduct and interpretation of their research topics. As a graduate, you'll be well-positioned for a career in teaching, research or industry.
The study of kinesiology spans the breadth of cellular, biophysical, and psycho-social parameters which affect and effect movement in the realm of sport, work, play, dance, exercise and disease.
Applicants to the master or doctoral program apply to study in one of three areas: biomechanics, neuroscience or physiology and nutrition. Within these areas, there is a strong emphasis on aging, injury and disease prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation.
Given the multidisciplinary nature of kinesiology, undergraduates and graduates students with an interest in biology, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy, engineering, systems design, physics, health studies, sociology, social psychology or psychology are encouraged to apply.
Graduate student resources
Comprehensive Exam | PhD thesis proposal | PhD thesis defence
- The Comprehensive exam determines whether a student has a broad knowledge of their field.
- The PhD thesis proposal tests the student's knowledge of issues directly related to their thesis topic.
- The PhD thesis defence is required to demonstrate achievement in a program of research in their field of expertise.