Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Kinesiology
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Education
School
School of Kinesiology
 

Overview

The PhD degree in Kinesiology is a research oriented thesis-based degree. The areas of research include the broad domain of physiological, biomechanical, behavioural and psychosocial factors influencing human movement and the analysis of social and cultural transformations in the role and functions of physical activity.

What makes the program unique?

The PhD in Kinesiology program affords students an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, supportive, and multidisciplinary research environment. Graduate students are drawn to the School to work with specific research faculty members and benefit from their expertise in specific content areas. Students work closely with individual faculty members who provide exceptional training and focused supervision using a mentorship model. The School offers competitive financial packages to highly qualified students in the form of teaching assistantships and entrance scholarships. Individual faculty members can "top up" a financial package from external grant sources to assist with recruitment of exceptional students.

 

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Compelling StatementS of Interest

Online
Date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Time: 09:30 to 10:30
What makes a great statement of interest? A presentation of tips from faculty advisors on what sets one Statement of Interest apart from another.

Application Notes

Confirm the proposed faculty member’s interest and availability before proceeding with the formal application process. If you do not receive a response please contact the graduate programs assistant at kin.gradsec@ubc.ca. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT CONFIRMING A POTENTIAL SUPERVISOR AS YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT THIS CONFIRMATION. APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

96
23
24
23
26

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Prior degree requirements

The School of Kinesiology normally requires a thesis-based master's degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology, or other related fields of study, for admission.

Career Outcomes

39 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 2 graduates are seeking employment; 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 2 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 34 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (5)
University of Toronto (2)
University of the Fraser Valley (2)
University of Ottawa (2)
Langara College (2)
University of Lethbridge
University of Bath
University of Alberta
Laurentian University
University of Maryland
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Lululemon Athletica Inc.
Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Giffin Koerth Forensic engineering and science
NASA
Own The Podium
Witten LLP
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
Fortius Sport and Health
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Learning Consultant
Research Scientist - Sensory Perception
Human Factors Consultant
Sport Science and Medicine Advisor
Junior Scientist
Senior Practitioner
Director
Senior Scientist
Associate Lawyer
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
This program underwent a name or structural change in the study time frame, and all alumni from the previous program were included in these summaries. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

The PhD program prepares graduates for a broad range of careers. Former PhD students have pursued additional training including post-doctoral degrees as well as careers in health promotion, governmental and non-governmental work, research, and teaching. Many former Kinesiology graduates have become successful academics.

Alumni on Success

Anita Cote

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
Trinity Western University

Jordan Guenette

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
University of British Columbia

Katie Morton

Job Title
Post-doctoral Researcher
Employer
University of Cambridge

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications1215161818
Offers8116710
New registrations710568
Total enrolment3933262524
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Monday, 27 November 2017 - 12:30pm - Room 200

Sarah Koch
Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction - The Effects of Inhaled B2-Agonists on Athletic Performance in Humans

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Beauchamp, Mark (Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children)
  • Blouin, Jean-Sebastien (sensorimotor physiology, Sensorimotor physiology, balance, whiplash, human balance, )
  • Boushel, Robert (Kinesiology)
  • Bredin, Shannon (human motor learning, expertise and development, physical education, teacher preparation and effectiveness, Human motor behaviour (motor learning, development, and expertise), life span physical activity and health, physical and health literacy, health knowledge, health-related physical fitness, interactive gaming, telehealth, psychomotor markers of performance)
  • Bundon, Andrea (Digital qualitative research, Disability, Disability sport, Paralympics, Qualitative methodologies, Social and new media, Sport and exercise culture.)
  • Carpenter, Mark (neural control of movement, fear of falling, Neural control of movement, postural control, fears of falling, balance disorders, Parkinson's disease)
  • Chua, Romeo (Human perceptual-motor control, vision and action, perceptual-motor compatibility, coordination)
  • Clarke, Laura (aging, ageism, sociology of aging, social gerontology, body image, embodiment, chronic conditions, health, disability, assistive technology, appearance work, femininity and masculinity, physical activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults)
  • Crocker, Peter (self-esteem and spirit/exercise; body image; stress and coping in sport and exercise; health related behaviour (dieting, smoking, physical activity) related to the construction of the physical self in adolescent girls, Sport & exercise psychology - stress, coping and emotion, physical self, perfectionism)
  • Faulkner, Guy (physical activity and public health, mental health, physical activity interventions, exercise psychology, behavioral medicine)
  • Franks, Ian (human motor control; motor skill learning; computer-aided analysis of sport; coaching behaviors; soccer analysis, Human motor control, motor control acquisition, analysis of coaching behaviour, sport analysis)
  • Hodges, Nicola (action anticipation, coaching, sport)
  • Inglis, J Timothy (Exercise science, neurophysiology, biomechanics, stance and balance control, human microneurography, physical therapy and rehabilitation, vestibular system)
  • Koehle, Michael (exercise science, Exercise Science, sports medicine, exercise physiology, environmental illness)
  • Kramer, John (Neuromechanical, Systems Biology, Exercise & Health)
  • Lam, Tania (walking, spinal cord injury, physical therapy, rehabilitation, movement, Spinal cord injury, neuroscience, rehabilitation following neurological injury, adaptability of human walking, gait)
  • McKenzie, Donald (Exercise science, sports medicine, exercise physiology, chronic illness, respiratory exercise physiology, althetes, chronic diseases, hypoxemia, functional outcomes for pediatric/adult patients with cancer following organ transplantation, and with lung and muscle disease, interdisciplinary onocoly)
  • Miran-Khan, Karim (Exercise is Medicine , Health promotion via Exercise, Type 2 DM prevention)
  • Puterman, Eli (Health psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress)
  • Sheel, William (exercise science, Exercise science, exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, athletic performance, cardiovascular)
  • Vertinsky, Patricia (social and cultural history of the body, gender relations, health, sport and exercise, social history of women and health, social/cultural aspects of sport and physical activity, health education, promotion and policy, Social and cultural history of sport and physical activity, gender, race, aging and disability, modern olympics)
  • Warburton, Darren (cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise rehabilitation, interactive video games, , Sport cardiology and clinical exercise rehabilitation, elite athletic performance, childhood health, treatments for patients with chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation)
  • West, Christopher (Disability, High performance sport, Physiology, Quantitative methodologies, Spinal cord injury, Systems biology)
  • Wilson, Brian (Cultural studies and sociology with focus on media, consumer culture, youth, social inequality, social movements, the environment, qualitative methods, and sport and leisure studies)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Paolo Biagio Dominelli
    "Dr. Dominelli studied the sex-differences in the respiratory system and how they can influence the integrative response to exercise. He found that women, owing to their smaller airways, have a higher oxygen cost of breathing. He also showed that the higher work of breathing in women can have a greater influence on locomotor muscle fatigue." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Benjamin Donald Sylvester
    "Dr. Sylvester examined whether variety is truly a spice of life when it comes to exercise. He found that variety does influence how people feel in exercise settings, and can change their exercise behaviour. This knowledge will aid health promotion specialists to help more people enjoy exercise and reap the health benefits from physical activity." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Caitlin Pentifallo
    "Dr. Pentifallo studied the effect of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on urban policies in Vancouver. She explored attempts to create social housing units in False Creek and policing measures in the Downtown Eastside. This study could help citizens and city planners to anticipate the effects of major events on urban policy making." (November 2015)
  • Dr. Jarrod Paul George Blinch
    "Dr. Blinch studied how the brain processes the coordinated movements of both arms. He found that these movements are represented in the brain as a single action, and not independent actions for each arm. This knowledge will aid in the design of user-friendly interfaces, and help develop therapies for people who have difficulties with coordination." (May 2015)

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January 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
07 November 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
24 November 2017
International Applicant Deadline
24 November 2017

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
05 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
05 January 2018

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