Prospective Students

Kinesiology at UBC offers you a premier choice to start your professional career in the field of Kinesiology, active health, research, education, recreation, or sports. A Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) is also an excellent step on the way to a second degree in medicine, rehabilitation sciences, education and dentistry, among many others.

The undergraduate BKin degree program at the School of Kinesiology offers a core curriculum consisting of courses in active health, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, motor learning, psychology and sociology. Students will specialize in one of three streams going into second-year: Neuromechanical and Physiological Sciences (NPSC), Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBSC), or Multidisciplinary Science (MDSC).

For more information, please contact the KIN Undergraduate Advising Office at kin.advising@ubc.ca or 604.822.4512.

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Admission Requirements

UBC and the School of Kinesiology welcome students from Canada and around the world.

Curriculum Requirements

See Canadian High Schools

Kinesiology - specific requirements Select your province or territory from the list below to find out what the Kinesiology- specific requirements are for your high school curriculum.

See Advanced Placement (AP)

At UBC, we recognize the value of AP courses. All AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet the University’s admission requirements.

Additional international countries are listed on you.ubc.ca

First-Year Credit

Many students in the School of Kinesiology are granted first-year credit for IB, AP or British A Levels. These credits can be used to meet the Kinesiology program or streams requirements. For details on what first-year credit you’re eligible to receive, find your program at the page linked below.
First-Year Credits


Entrance Awards

For scholarships offered by UBC for Canadian or International students entering the university – please visit their website for further details.

School of Kinesiology Entrance Awards for Aboriginal Students

Two awards of $1,000 each have been created by the School of Kinesiology for entering Aboriginal students who are enrolled in at least 24 credits of course work over the Winter Session. The awards may be renewed for one year only, subject to satisfactory completion of the first year and enrollment in a second year of study in the School of Kinesiology with at least 24 credits of course work. The awards are made on the recommendation of the School.

More information here.


About the Degree

Focused Learning in Action

The school’s teaching aspires to excellence, and is dedicated to providing you with a personalized and student-centred education. Kinesiology courses offer many opportunities to work in small groups and present your work to your peers. We support many of our courses with Connect & Canvas technology, so you have easy access to course notes and peer discussion groups outside of the classroom. You will also have the opportunity to experience hands-on work in our student laboratories and complete a directed study course in any of our Kinesiology research laboratories.

Degree Details

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Possible Careers

How would you like to shape your career path?

The goals of the various individuals and organizations working within the discipline of kinesiology are to improve people’s quality of life in a number of populations and settings through increasing physiological functioning and psychological health. A degree in kinesiology can lead to a number of careers in a wide range the fields such as education, fitness and recreation, sports management, medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition.

Graduates of kinesiology can be found in schools, universities, hospitals, military environments, hotels, recreation centers, sports clubs, aquatic facilities, health clinics, wellness centers, and other private and public agencies.  Interested in seeing what some of our graduates have done with their degrees?  See what they are doing now here.

Take a look at some possible career choices to see what courses you might need to help get you where you want to be.

Career Paths


Student Stories

At The School of Kinesiology, we bring you more than an exceptional interdisciplinary, international education – we bring you the world.

Canada is internationally recognized as a country that delivers the highest standards of education, and UBC is no exception. As a Kinesiology student, you will be part of a diverse community that is home to some of the brightest minds in the world, building relationships that will last a lifetime.  Here are some of our Kinesiology Student Stories.

Eveline Pasman

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Carpenter
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Influence of fear and anxiety on static and dynamic balance control in healthy adults and clinical populations. StartReact effect in balance correcting responses. Proprioception in Parkinson’s disease patients.

e.pasman@alumni.ubc.ca

Nicole Ong

Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Hodges
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Motor learning, specifically error processing and observational learning

nong@interchange.ubc.ca

Shannon Lim

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Carpenter and Dr. J Timothy Inglis
Current Program: MSc in Kinesiology
Research Area: Postural control

shannon.lim@alumni.ubc.ca

April Karlinsky

Supervisor: Dr. Nicola Hodges
Current Program: PhD in Kinesiology
Research Area: motor learning and control, joint action

akarl@interchange.ubc.ca

Katie Gunnell

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Crocker
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Exercise Psychology

kgunnell@interchange.ubc.ca

Chris Forgaard

Supervisor: Dr. Ian Franks
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Human Motor Control: My research program involves using startling acoustic stimuli and single-joint mechanical perturbations to investigate the nature of movement preparation.

chrisforgaard@gmail.com

Shawn Forde

Supervisor: Dr. Brian Wilson and Wendy Frisby
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Sport for development and peace, social movements, gender, pedagogy

shawn.forde@alumni.ubc.ca

Matt Dolf

Supervisor: Prof. Robert Sparks & Prof. Jan-Anders Månson
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Sport Management and Environmental Sustainability

Inge Derom

Supervisor: Dr. Robert VanWynsberghe
Current Program: PhD
Research Area: Sport Sociology

derom@interchange.ubc.ca

Aaron Chew

Supervisor: Dr. Maria Gallo
Current Program: MKin
Research Area: Speed, strength & power development; injury prevention & rehabilitation; tactical strength & conditioning

achew@alumni.sfu.ca