Current Graduate Students

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

Graduate Courses

# Course Title (# of credits) Description
500A Introduction to data acquisition and signal processing in Kinesiology The focus of this course is to provide Kinesiology students with the tools necessary for data acquisition and signal processing. This course will cover the techniques commonly used in various fields of Kinesiology, including physiology, motor control, neuroscience, biomechanics and motor learning. These techniques include (but are not limited to) sampling theory, Analog-Digital data acquisition, analog and digital filters as well as data analysis techniques.
500D Neurophysiology of Human Movement Control This course will examine the neurophysiological processes and functional neuroanatomical components involved in the sensory and motor control of movement, posture and balance in the Human.
500F 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 sociology-based course considers how older adults’ embodied experiences of health and physical activity are shaped and constrained by their social position as well as cultural norms and ideals.
500H Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health and Performance Exercise testing, prescription, and use of evidence-informed practice for promoting health-enhancing levels of fitness.
500K Injury Prevention – A Multidisciplinary Approach This course exams the broad topic of injury prevention from the perspective of multiple sport science disciplines. Key topics to be reviewed include: The pathophysiology of Injury, The science and impact of warm-up & cooldown, The role of Training Load, Psychology of Injury, Nutritional Impact & considerations with injuries
500L Therapeutic Modalities and Exercise Performance This course examines the how and why of utilizing therapeutic modalities in an exercise, injury treatment, or sport setting. Ranging from long-used modalities like thermo- and cryo-therapy to newer electronic modalities like cold laser, we will look at the background behind their purported effects, indications and contraindications for their use, and what the literature says about their effectiveness.
500P Killam Connection: Healthy Aging from Cells to Societies “Killam Connection: Healthy Aging from Cells to Societies” will tackle the complexities of healthy aging across the lifespan and support the training of future scientists in developing practical skills in translating scientific knowledge to successfully engage the public. This 13-week course will include UBC, national and international speakers from across the biological, social and behavioural sciences.
500V Gender and Culture in the Gym Graduate research and writing workshop to explore physical activity and health behaviours among Asian female students at Canadian Universities.
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. (Course Restricted to HPCTL students)
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. (Course Restricted to MHPCTL students )
530 A/B

Directed Studies

Sample Outline

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 prior to registraion. This section is for KIN Graduate students.
530A Directed Studies  Topics selected by the student, with the approval of the Program Supervisor and Graduate Advisor before the start of the course. This section is for MHPCTL Graduate students.
562 Bioenergetics of Physical Activity This course will initially explore the basic energy systems of the human body, and how they are activated at the onset of physical activity. Each energy system will be reviewed, with specific focus on how they are measured. Then, how the energy systems adapt to exercise training and are utilized in exercise prescription will be explored.
564 Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity In this course, students will further their understanding of the psychosocial aspects that shape physical activity participation and competition.
567 Skill Acquisition: Practice Design & Instruction Issues concerning how people practice, learn and retain movement skills, with an emphasis on sport (both beginners and high level performers). We will evaluate theory and processes underlying motor learning and expertise, drawing on current theories and research.
568 Seminar in Human Sensorimotor Control The focus of this seminar is upon the mechanisms and principles in human sensorimotor control as well as the research methods commonly used in motor control research. KIN 568 draws primarily upon the frameworks offered by human motor behaviour, experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroscience.
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 for Sport and Health Sciences This course examines current issues within coaching science research. The goal of the course is to develop coaching students’ research literacy skills to assist them in establishing best coaching and leadership practices. Students should develop a comprehensive understanding of (a) the strengths and limitations of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs; (b) interpretation of basic statistics; (c) how to critically evaluate scientific literature; and (d) how to synthesize and communicate research in written and verbal forms.
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.
585 Performance Planning To expose the graduate student to the process of periodization and planning for the optimization of performance. (This section is for KIN Graduate students)
585 Performance Planning Using information obtained from sport profile and gap analysis, plan and design high performance program to enable athlete progression related to athlete pathway. Focuses on quadrennial, annual, meso- and microcycle planning to integrate key factors that will impact athlete performance and progression. (Course Restricted to HPCTL students).
586 Coaching Effectiveness Analysis of athlete performance and appropriate design and application of coaching intervention and skill acquisition for athlete and coach development. (This section is for KIN Graduate students)
586 Coaching Effectiveness Investigate the relationship between athlete performance and coaching intervention strategies to ensure enhanced athlete development and skill acquisition. Examine structure and function of practice and feedback strategies to enable a resilient and self regulated athlete or coach capable of creating podium performance. (Course Restricted to HPCTL students)

MKIN Major Paper Presentation

Sample Outline

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. (Course restricted to MHPCTL students)

Directed Field Studies in Kinesiology


This course allows students to put into practice their knowledge of exercise science and/or health programming by working with a community partner. KIN 598 contract must be signed prior to registration. (This section is for KIN Graduate students)
598 Directed Field Study Application of concepts/topics; mentorship; project to reflect changes in coaching practice. Support to be provided by the candidate’s National Sport Organization, and/or regional Canadian Sport Institute. Technical leader practicum is to be in the candidate’s workplace or as a volunteer doing a specific project for an organization. (Course restricted to HPCTL students)

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 the international tuition award.

The School tries to provide all graduate students with partial or full Teaching Assistantships. They are matched to TA positions (courses) based on research interests and past experience. Usually students are able to obtain at least 1 TA position (1 term - 4 months) during the academic year (September to April). They may also be able to obtain 2 TA positions depending on the availability. They may choose the terms they are available to TA - Fall and/or Winter terms. There are limited TA positions in the summer term and most positions are assigned by preference/seniority in accordance to CUPE 116 regulations. The current rate for a Graduate student with less than 2 years experience (4 terms) is $6,362 per term (4 months) and the current rate for a Graduate student with over 2 years experience (5 terms or more) is $6,611 per term (4 months).

The TA application is due by May 15. The Graduate Programs Coordinator will be providing a link to the application by May 1.

The TA Job Descriptions are provided for reference purposes only. They will be subject to changes as required. For more specific details and information, students are advised to contact the instructor directly, if they are offered the position. Current course scheduling is posted online.

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.

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.

Deadline: Usually mid-September for PhD students and December 1 for Masters students
Annual Value: Fellowship values range from $175 to $30,000 (PhD) and $175 to $16,000 (Masters)
Eligibility: International Master and PhD students. Eligible domestic Masters and PhD students must apply for one of the Tri-Agency competition (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and will be automatically entered into the Affiliated awards.
Application Procedures: See Affiliated Doctoral Fellowship and Affiliated Masters Fellowship. Also, more information in the "External Funding" section below.

Spring Graduate Awards

A number of University awards for the academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students.

Deadline: Usually in May
Annual Value: $150 to $18,000
Eligibility: International and domestic Master and PhD students. Students must be registered, full-time graduate students during the period of the award.
Application Procedure: Applicants must check with their graduate program regarding their program’s internal application deadline. More information at Spring Graduate Awards Competition

Graduate Student Research Grant

This annual competition is designed to reimburse Kinesiology graduate students (Magistral or Doctoral) for the financial costs of conducting or producing their own research projects necessary for the completion of their degree and is designed to cover your research or project expenses only.

Deadline: Usually in Fall term
Annual Value: $500 to $1500
Eligibility: Currently registered students in research programs (MA, MSc, PhD).
Application Procedure: The competition will be announced by the Graduate Programs Assistant.

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. These scholarships are provided by Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).  These scholarships are available to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. International students are not eligible.

Deadline: Usually mid-September
Annual Value: Scholarship values range from $20,000 to $35,000 per year for 2 to 3 years at the PhD level
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Application Procedures: Students apply directly to Tri-Agency portal. See new CGS D program page for the harmonized application process and timeline. In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHRNSERC and SSHRC for further details.


The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Deadline: Usually December 1
Annual Value: one-time $17,500 annual award at the Master's level
Eligibility: Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The School will only review CGSM applications for current Masters students or incoming Masters students who have applied by the admission deadline.
Application Procedures: Students apply directly to Tri-Agency portal. See Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master's (CGS M) Program.

G+PS maintains a database of graduate scholarships and award funding opportunities, as well as various policies and FAQ section.


Travel funds are available for graduate students who are presenting as first authors at conferences/workshops. Students may claim their expenses using these grants.

Heads up!Please apply to FOE and G+PS Graduate Student Travel funds before applying to the KIN Grad Student Travel Grant. You can only apply once for the G+PS travel grant of $500 maximum. Therefore, please make sure your expenses add up to $500 before submitting your claims to them. The KIN Graduate travel grant allows students to claim their expenses up to 12 months after their thesis submission.

NOTE: The G+PS travel grant does not allow multiple students to receive the full travel award for the same paper / poster / performance. In cases where there are multiple presenters of a co-authored paper or poster, (i) a single student (normally, the student who made the greatest contribution to the paper or poster) may apply for and receive the full travel award or (ii) the travel award may be split among multiple presenters (this should be indicated in the travel award application).


The School’s KIN Grad Reps are:

  • Josh Webster, Alyssa Reyes (Master)
  • Shalaya Kipp (PhD)

Our Reps represent Graduate students at School meetings, functions, plan social events, and provide peer support. They can be reached at

Thesis Proposal Instructions for MA, MSc, PhD

  •  Thesis Proposals should be completed by MA/MSc students after they have completed all their course requirements, usually by the end of the first year.
  • Thesis proposals must be completed by PhD students by the end of their third year in the program, after all comprehensive exams are done. Failure to complete thesis proposal by the end of the third year will require an extension to the advancement to candidacy. For major award holders, this may affect further funding as well.
  • Decide on the date with your supervisor and committee members for your proposal
  • MA/MSc: No Chairperson is required for the proposal.
  • PhD: Chairperson is required for the proposal.
  • Please let Graduate Programs Coordinator know at least 2 weeks in advance of your proposal so that it may be setup. A Chairperson will be selected for PhD proposals. Usually the Chairperson is a member of the Graduate Committee.

One week prior to your proposal you’ll need to provide the following to the Graduate Programs Coordinator:

  1. Copy of your proposal document. This is a report outlining the research that you are proposing to conduct.
  2. Thesis Proposal Invitation Form. This will include information about your abstract, including date and time. All proposals will be conducted via Zoom until further notice.

Links for thesis preparations and workshops:
UBC Research Commons and G+PS provide workshops and one-on-one consultations to students who need assistance with master’s and doctoral thesis formatting.

Thesis Defence Instructions for MA and MSc

  • Decide on a date/time with your committee
  • Please let Graduate Programs Coordinator know at least 2 weeks in advance of your defence date to allow time to find a Chairperson. Usually the Chairperson is a member of the Graduate Committee.
  • Thesis formatting instructions can be found at
  • This is also a good time to review the various deadlines to finish your program.

Two weeks in advance of your defence you’ll need to provide Graduate Programs Coordinator with:

  1. Electronic version of your thesis.  You will also need to submit a copy of your thesis to your committee members.
  2. Master Thesis Defence invitation. This will include information about your abstract, date and time.

**After a copy of the thesis has been submitted, revisions are NOT ALLOWED until after the defence

Heads up!G+PS will be requiring students to check their theses against the Sample Thesis on their website at Resources for Thesis Preparation and Checking before submitting them to cIRcle or for pre-review. Students will no longer receive detailed feedback on errors that can be identified by comparing their theses to the Sample Thesis. It is the students' responsibility to check basic proofreading and formatting mistakes to ensure their thesis will be accepted. Non-compliance will result in the delay process for thesis acceptance.

Links for thesis preparations and workshops:
The UBC Research Commons in Koerner Library and G+PS provide workshops and one-on-one consultations to students who need assistance with master’s and doctoral thesis formatting.

Doctoral Thesis Defence Instructions

For PhD students who are preparing to defend their thesis, there are four deadlines doctoral candidates must meet in order to be eligible for the respective end/graduation date. The Doctoral Examination deadlines are suggested in order to guide doctoral candidates through each step of the doctoral examination process in time to meet requirements for specific program end dates or for graduation ceremonies. Please note that if deadlines are not met, doctoral candidates may not be able to fulfill requirements for intended program completion dates or for graduation ceremonies.

The doctoral deadlines are posted on the G+PS website.

The first step in the doctoral defence process is submitting the Appointment of External Examiner form

G+PS will invite an external examiner to review your doctoral thesis, and provide you with instructions on each stage of the defence process. G+PS administers the entire Doctoral defence process to ensure all procedures and policies are held to university standards.

Please start preparing for your doctoral defence by reading all the instructions and procedures available at the G+PS on submitting final doctoral exams, including the Frequently Asked Questions. Then prepare a timeline and a plan of action for yourself using the Doctoral Examinations Planning Tool and Checklist for Candidates and Supervisors and discuss this with your Supervisory Committee. You are also encouraged to make use of the other planning resources available on the Tools for Planning page.

Heads up!G+PS will be requiring students to check their theses against the Sample Thesis on their website at Resources for Thesis Preparation and Checking before submitting them to cIRcle or for pre-review. Students will no longer receive detailed feedback on errors that can be identified by comparing their theses to the Sample Thesis. It is the students' responsibility to check basic proofreading and formatting mistakes to ensure their thesis will be accepted. Non-compliance may result in delays for thesis acceptance.

Links for thesis preparations and workshops:
The UBC Research Commons in Koerner Library and G+PS provide workshops and one-on-one consultations to students who need assistance with master’s and doctoral thesis formatting.

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

Watson, Laura

Graduating year: 2006, 2018
Laura Watson is a High Performance Coaching Advisor with Own the Podium where she is responsible for implementing the Coaching Enhancement Program. This program aims to support Canada’s coaches in the pursuit of world class coaching excellence in Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Kopecky, Igor

Graduating year: 2019
Degree: MHPCTL
Igor Kopecky has been a coach and athlete for the past 35 years, and is currently the technical director for BC Diving and the South Surrey White Rock Diving Club. Igor has coached at the World Cup, World Series, South American Championships, Commonwealth Games, World Junior Championships and the Pan Am Games.

Bahrami, Ben

Graduating year: 2013
Degree: MKin
Ben Bahrami, a Strength and Conditioning Coach for McMaster University. He is grateful that the UBC Masters of Kinesiology allowed him to focus on his passion and believes that although his knowledge of human physiology and biomechanics improved significantly, the most valuable thing he learned was how to establish a culture as a coach.

Oliveira, Justin

Graduating year: 2018
Degree: MHPCTL
Justin Oliveira is currently the High Performance Director (HPD) at Water Polo Canada. Throughout his career, Justin worked with the Women’s and Men’s Senior Water Polo Programs and attended many World Championships, World League Finals, Olympic Qualification Tournaments and three Pan American Games.

Brandon Rasman

Graduating year: 2016
Degree: MSc
My current projects entail gravity-related experiments in which we will test human behaviour in altered gravity conditions on parabolic flights. These studies will be conducted in partnership with two parabolic flight campaigns organized and operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).

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