Current Graduate Students

Here, at the School of Kinesiology, we are dedicated to creating, advancing and disseminating inter-disciplinary knowledge that fosters a healthy self and society through physical activity.

We are continually striving to increase the quality and impact of research through improved infrastructure to support leading edge research. We encourage you to get involved with the School of Kinesiology and the Graduate community in order to make your university experience all the more enjoyable.
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For more information on the academic side of your degree, please see the “Resources” tab below. For additional information, please contact our Graduate Programs Assistant at kin.gradsec@ubc.ca

Heads up! Below are graduate courses that may be offered by the School. For current graduate course offerings, please see course scheduling. HPCTL course outlines and schedule can be found at the program site.

Graduate Courses

# Course Title (# of credits) Description
500 Aging, Health and Physical Activity: Socio-cultural Perspectives The purpose of this course is to examine the socio-cultural research and theorizing pertaining to aging, health, and physical activity. In particular, this course considers how older adults’ embodied experiences of health and physical activity are influenced by their social position as well as existing cultural norms and ideals. Thus, we discuss the role of age, ability, culture, gender, racialization, sexuality, and social class on older adults’ everyday experiences of health and physical activity. We additionally explore how health and physical activity in later life are shaped and constrained by ableism, ageism, healthism, heterosexism, and successful aging narratives. Specific topics related to health and physical activity in later life that we investigate include body image, chronic illness, consumer culture, disability, elite sport, exercise, leisure activities, media representations, technology, and the built environment.
500 Human Physiology: Fatigue, Proprioception, Respiration This 3 credit graduate course will run as a mini-workshop and will focus on the examination of the Human physiological processes under three themes; central and peripheral muscular fatigue, proprioception and hand function, and respiratory function.
515 Gap Analysis Using analytics to obtain, describe and visualize data to create sport profile. Determine optimal programming decisions for coached athletes based on performance pathway and gold medal profile. Apply research methods and principles of scientific inquiry, performance analysis, descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics to improve athlete development and performance. (Restricted to HPCTL)
516 The Psychology of Leadership and Group Processes in Sports This course examines contemporary theory, research, and application with regard to leadership and group processes in the context of sport and exercise. The course provides a broad overview of major topics in the area.
517 Business of High Performance Sport in Canada Examination of Canada’s sport system, its governance and stakeholders; financial management for high performance sport; communications, marketing, and sponsorship of high performance sport. (Restricted to MHPCTL)
530 Directed Studies Topics selected by the student, with the approval of the Program Supervisor and Graduate Advisor before the start of the course. A KIN 530 Directed Studies contract must be completed and signed.
562 Bioenergetics of Physical Activity This course will initially explore the basic energy systems of the human body; primarily concentrating on the bioenergetics of the skeletal muscle cell, recovery from muscular work, substrate utilization, muscle fiber types, strength, endurance.  We will then explore the relevant applied topics related to bioenergetics and performance.
563 Measurement of Human Motion A critical evaluation of research tools used to measure and assess human motor performance including electromyography, anthropometry, ergometers, indirect calorimetry, cinematography, and indirect dynamics.
564 Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity Selected psycho-social considerations in sport: initial and continuing involvement in the competitive sport environment.
565 Physiological Aspects of Physical Activity Survey of research regarding the physiological aspects of activity; the effects of altitude and environmental temperature on man’s performance in exercise and sports.
567 Human Motor Performance Processes underlying the ability to learn and perform motor skills.
568 Seminar in Human Sensorimotor Control Reports and discussions of research literature concerning theories and findings in human sensorimotor control. Emphasis is given to understanding the basic mechanisms underlying sensorimotor control, utilizing frameworks drawn from motor behaviour, cognitive neuroscience, and neurophysiology.
570 Research Methods in Kinesiology Research methods applied to the study of sport and physical activity, the nature of scientific inquiry, the design of experiments, the survey as a research medium, the historical and philosophical methods of inquiry, the writing of the research report.
571 Qualitative Methods in Sport, Leisure, and Health Studies Theoretical, methodological, and ethical debates about and approaches to qualitative methods; issues in and approaches to qualitative inquiry.
572 Research Methods in Sports Coaching Interpretation and evaluation of research methods and scientific findings related to coaching sciences.
574 Graduate Seminar in Health Promotion Through Physical Activity The relationship of new concepts in health to the promotion of health through physical activity; the application of research findings from a number of disciplines to the identification, selection, and targeting of health promotion/education strategies related to physical activity.
580 Graduate Seminar on Body, Exercise and Society Studies of the body and embodiment have become increasingly central to discussions of sport and physical culture, technology, film, media, performance and life in general. The body – how we exercise, what we eat, how we present ourselves – is both a physical entity and a medium of culture, a powerful symbolic form.
581 Sport, Leisure, and Popular Culture Sport and leisure are viewed in the context of theoretical debates about mass society and consumer culture.
583 Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Programs The development of curricula, implementation and evaluation techniques in physical education, sport and exercise programs; relationships of programs in schools, community centres and other institutions.
585 Performance Planning
(formerly Coaching Science I)
Performance Planning for HPCTL
Application of findings from sport profile and gap analysis to the planning and design of high performance training and coaching programs. Focuses on quadrennial, annual, meso and microcycle planning to integrate key factors that impact athlete performance and progression along the athlete development pathway.
586 Coaching Effectiveness
(formerly Coaching Science II)
Analysis of athlete performance and appropriate design and application of coaching intervention and skill acquisition for athlete and coach development.
591 Seminar in the Organizational Analysis of Leisure and Sport Selected topics in organizational theory as applied to the analysis of leisure and sport organizations.
595 MKIN Major Paper Presentation Required Course for MKin program only. Students usually register for this course in their final term to present their Final Paper.
596 High Performance Sport Inquiry This course is designed to strengthen student research knowledge and research skills. A blended learning approach is taken and applied in a problem-based setting, so that students complete tasks to support their own research interests within the high performance sport arena. Topics are selected by the student, and approval must be granted by the Program Supervisor. (restricted to MHPCTL)
598 Directed Field Study For MHPCTL – Directed Field Studies in Sport and Physical Activity Agencies (Practicum) requires a placement in a practical coaching or technical leadership position for a minimum of 40 hours. National Sport Organization and Canadian Sport Institute will provide mentoring opportunities to align this practicum with the sport specific technical requirements under the supervision. A School of Kinesiology faculty member will be involved in the practicum and will provide feedback to the student, and assessment.
* For other Master’s Programs, the directed field study may vary. Please consult with supervisor.

Awards, Scholarships & Funding

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs. Students in the MKin program are NOT eligible for this award. There are no applications for this award. International students automatically receive this award every term when they are registered full-time in their program.

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about tuition waivers.

The School tries to provide all graduate students with partial or full Teaching Assistantships. Applications for Teaching Assistantship postions are required at time of application to the School of Kinesiology. Students are matched to TA positions (courses) based on research interests and past experience. The current rate for a Master's student is $5,789 per term and the current rate for a PhD student is $6016 per term (4 months).

The TA Application form must be submitted by May 30.

Students achieving a minimum 80% average in their final 2 years of full-time studies are eligible to apply for scholarship funding.

Faculty of Education (FoE) Endowed Awards

The UBC endowed scholarships are provided by the Office of Research in Education (ORE) in the Faculty of Education. These merit-based awards are awarded to our graduate students who are making the most outstanding contributions in their fields of study. Most Faculty of Education graduate students are eligible to apply on an annual basis. The adjudication for the awards is typically held in the early fall and awards are to be taken up in December of each year.

For more information, visit Office of Research in Education's funding opportunities page.

Faculty of Education (FoE) PhD Awards

The PhD award is given to outstanding incoming doctoral students by the Faculty. Applicants are automatically entered for this competition when they applied by the deadline and do not need to submit a separate application. Current value is about $5,000 - $7,000 and may vary each year.

Please contact the Graduate Programs Assistant for more info.

Four-Year Fellowship Program (4YF) for PhD Students

The Four-Year Fellowship (4YF) program provides funding for the top 3 incoming PhD students in the School each year.

Award recipients receive scholarship funding for:

  • $18,200 stipend per year plus tuition for the first four years of their PhD studies

PhD admission applications to the School of Kinesiology are automatically entered into this competition, and there are no further applications required. For more information, visit UBC Graduate Studies page: Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF).

Affiliated Awards

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers approximately 50 Affiliated Fellowships each year to meritorious students for full-time study and research leading to a graduate degree. Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, with applications open to current and prospective full-time UBC graduate students regardless of citizenship or visa status. Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000, but most are in the range of $16,000.

International Doctoral Fellowship

The International Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) program supports top international students who are starting UBC-V doctoral programs. The fellowship provides funding for a total of five years: a $30,000 stipend plus tuition for four years and a minimum $18,000 funding package (from the recipient's supervisor/department/Faculty, comprising awards, teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships) for the fifth year. Approximately 35 new fellowships will be awarded each year. Application deadline is January 5 for the School of Kinesiology.

Undergraduate students in their final year of study and current Master students are advised to review guidelines and deadlines for federally-supported granting agencies for domestic students.

NSERC – National Science and Engineering Research Council Awards

PGS/CGS awards: Applications are submitted online and referees submit references through NSERC website. For the School's deadline, please contact the KIN Graduate Program Assistant.

For more info, see NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships.

SSHRC – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships

Please contact KIN Graduate Program Assistant for the School's deadline.

For more info, see SSHRC Graduate Scholarships.

CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • CIHR Master Awards: Please contact KIN Graduate Program Assistant for the School's deadline and for more info.
  • CIHR Doctoral Awards: No internal deadline for the School of Kinesiology as application is submitted directly to CIHR online.
  • University Affiliated Awards: Dependent on certain restrictions, domestic and international students may be eligible for University Affiliated Awards.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

For info on funding assistance for students in the Graduate Certificate and Master of High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership, visit the Canadian Sport Institute Financial Assistance.

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Please contact KIN Program Assistant for the School's deadline.

For more info, visit: Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Domestic and international applicants admitted to the MA, MSc, and Ph.D. programs in the School of Kinesiology are eligible for awards funded through the University’s Graduate Support Initiative (GSI). The GSI fund awards under various categories (Entrance Awards, Tuition Awards, Top-up Awards). Criteria for the awards are:

  • scholastic performance (transcripts)
  • reference letters
  • statement of purpose
  • publications record
  • eligibility for other scholarships

All incoming students who have met the application deadline are automatically considered for these awards, so a separate application is not required. In 2015 and 2016, students who were eligible for this award, were granted between $3,000 to $6,000 upon admission to the School. These amounts may differ from year to year.

Note: Incoming students are assessed according to the criteria outlined under the GSI award (above) in a general pool. If meritorious, a student is offered a funding package that could come from one source, or a combination of sources. The package offer from the School will be revised for students who receive tri-council funding (details are included in offers to successful applicants).

Travel funds are available for graduate students attending conferences/workshops. Students may claim their expenses using these grants. It is advisable to use the KIN Grad travel grant last as students are allowed to claim their expenses up to 12 months after they graduate.

Other Avenues to Explore for Financial Assistance

  • Student Service Centre – Financial Support
  • Provincial summer session grants are also available, offered through the provincial Ministry of Labour and administered through the University.
  • Country of origin funding agencies.

Additional information is available at the Graduate Student website.

The School’s KIN Grad Reps are:

  • Chris Forgaard (PhD)
  • Ben Hives (MSc)

The Reps are here to represent Grads at School meetings, functions, and to plan social events. They can be reached at kin-gradreps@lists.ubc.ca

Travel Funds:

Travel funds are available for graduate students presenting at conferences/workshops.
Heads up!Please apply to Faculty of Education and Faculty of Graduate Studies Grad Travel funds before applying to the KIN Grad Travel Support. You can only apply once for the Faculty of Graduate Studies travel grant of $500 maximum. Therefore, please make sure your expenses add up to $500 before submitting your claims to them.

See what some of our graduate school alumni are doing now!

Alex Rebchuk

Graduating year: 2013
Stream: Bachelor of Kinesiology


Nick Snow

Graduating year: 2015
Stream: MSc (Rehabilitation Sciences)


Christina Sequeira, MKIN, ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Christina Sequeira is a UBC alumna who graduated with a Master's (2014) and Bachelor's (2003) degree in Kinesiology.


Kristin Campbell, PT, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, Dr. Kristin Campbell is passionate about using her research to help cancer survivors. She is currently investigating the role of exercise in rehabilitation from cancer treatment and how to use exercise in health promotion for cancer survivors after they complete treatment.


Justin Davis

BSc Honors cell biology University of Western Ontario (2004) MSc Neuroscience UBC (2006) PhD Human Kinetics UBC (2010)


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