Health Exercise Sciences & Kinesiology

Master of Science (MSc), Health and Exercise Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Kinesiology

Conduct original research under the expert supervision of a faculty member.

GRADUATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Components Expected Duration
MSc Research thesis and coursework 24 months
PhD Research dissertation 48 months

The MSc in Health and Exercise Sciences (HES) is a research-based program but also includes mandatory coursework. Prior to starting an application, interested students are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor.

The PhD in Kinesiology is a research-intensive program that does not have mandatory coursework. However, a student may elect to take courses or the student’s advisory committee may require that some coursework be completed. Prior to starting an application, interested students are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor.   Formal milestones for the program include: establishing a faculty advisory committee; preparing, presenting and defending a dissertation research proposal; passing a written and oral candidacy exam; writing the dissertation; and defending the work.


RESEARCH & SUPERVISORS

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can pursue these and other faculty research and teaching interests:

  • Neuromuscular physiology and fatigue
  • Health behaviour change
  • Cardiorespiratory and cerebrovascular physiology
  • Metabolism, nutrition and immunology

Our research faculty investigate a diverse range of topics related to health and exercise. They are happy to share with you their excitement about what they study so, after reading their profiles, we invite you to contact relevant supervisors to discuss your research interests.

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Philip Ainslie | Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | philip.ainslie@ubc.ca | 250.807.8089
Research Interests: The specific focus of Ainslie's research is directed to the integrated mechanisms which regulate human cerebral blood flow in health and disease.
Gordon Binsted | Dean | Faculty of Health and Social Development, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, School of Health and Exercise Sciences | gordon.binsted@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Dr. Binsted’s research interests focus on understanding of how the human brain detects and uses sensory information to control movement.
Brian Dalton | Assistant Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | brian.dalton@ubc.ca | 250.807.9513 | ART 125
Research Interests: Dr. Dalton’s research interests focus on understanding the sensorimotor control of the human nervous system using various models of study (neuromuscular fatigue, healthy adult aging, and traumatic brain injury.
Neil Eves | Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | neil.eves@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Eve's primary research interests are in the integrative aspects of pulmonary, cardiac and vascular physiology and how the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems can be manipulated to optimally improve the health of individuals with chronic respiratory disease.
Glen Foster | Associate Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | glen.foster@ubc.ca | 250.807.8224
Research Interests: Foster's research aims to approach complex physiological problems using integrative and applied experimental approaches that focus on multiple systems in vivo.
Heather Gainforth | Associate Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | heather.gainforth@ubc.ca | 250.807.9352 | Art 129
Research Interests: Gainforth's research aims to close the gap between health behaviour change research and practice by examining knowledge translation – the act of moving research evidence into the hands of research users.
Jennifer Jakobi | Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | jennifer.jakobi@ubc.ca | 250.807.9884
Research Interests: The long term objective of Jakobi's research program is to develop prehabilitation programs that focus on maintaining functional independence in older adults.
Mary Jung | Associate Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | mary.jung@ubc.ca | 250.807.9670 | RHS 119
Research Interests: Jung's major research area is self-regulation of health behaviours, with a specialization in exercise, physical activity, and dietary behaviours, and the creation of community-based self-regulatory skills interventions for individuals at risk or living with Type 2 Diabetes.
Jonathan Little | Associate Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | jonathan.little@ubc.ca | 250.807.9876 | RHS 122
Research Interests: Little's research is focused on understanding how the metabolic disruptions that characterize type 2 diabetes affect cellular inflammation and explore how different exercise and nutritional strategies can be used to reduce inflammation and improve overall cardiometabolic health.
Ali McManus | Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | ali.mcmanus@ubc.ca | 250.807.8192
Research Interests: McManus's research focuses on the physiological consequences of sedentary behavior in children.
Chris McNeil | Associate Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | chris.mcneil@ubc.ca | 250.807.9664 | Art 133
Research Interests: McNeil's program of research uses an integrative approach to investigate the performance and plasticity (adaptability) of the human neuromuscular system.
Colin Reid | Assistant Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | colin.reid@ubc.ca
Robert Shave | Professor | School of Health and Exercise Sciences | rob.shave@ubc.ca | 250.807.9708
Research Interests: Shave's work examines the acute and chronic effects of exercise and/or environmental stress upon the heart.
Paul van Donkelaar | Associate Vice Principal, Research | Faculty of Health and Social Development, Research & Innovation Office (VPRI) | paul.vandonkelaar@ubc.ca | 250.807.8858 | FIP 320
Research Interests: van Donkelaar's research focuses on gaining a better understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to sports concussion or intimate partner violence.

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Our students are active global citizens who work with local and international communities to optimize human health.

They strive to improve treatments, meet future health care challenges and prevent disease. Innovative faculty members produce cutting-edge research and are committed to providing students with relevant hands-on learning. A passion for health and healing and a desire to create positive change transforms students into leaders who will define the future of quality health care.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to UBC graduate programs is competitive. The admission requirements described on this page are only a summary so visit the College of Graduate Studies website to ensure you are familiar with all requirements.

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a biological, natural, health or social science or another related field of study; i.e., their background training must be sufficient for advanced work in Health and Exercise Sciences. After conversion of grades to the UBC scale, the College of Graduate Studies requires that applicants have either: i) at least a B+ (76%) average across all third- and fourth-year courses; or ii) ≥12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study, with at least an A- (80%) average. In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet these grade requirements but have significant relevant research training or professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences Graduate Committee and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. No applicant will be admitted to the MSc program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, again, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to beginning an application.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Applicants to the PhD degree in Kinesiology are normally required to have a thesis-based master’s degree in Health and Exercise Sciences, Kinesiology, or other related field of study, along with appropriate undergraduate and graduate coursework. Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a non-Kinesiology program may be considered for admission, particularly if they have a strong background in the biological, natural, behavioural or health sciences.  In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet these grade requirements but have significant relevant research training or professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences Graduate Committee and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. No applicant will be admitted to the PhD program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the dissertation research; thus, again, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to beginning an application.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full information of admission and program requirements; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a biological, natural, health or social science or another related field of study; i.e., their background training must be sufficient for advanced work in Health and Exercise Sciences. After conversion of grades to the UBC scale, the College of Graduate Studies requires that applicants have either: i) at least a B+ (76%) average across all third- and fourth-year courses; or ii) ≥12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study, with at least an A- (80%) average. In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet these grade requirements but have significant relevant research training or professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences Graduate Committee and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants from universities outside Canada for which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests and minimum required test scores for admission are listed on the College of Graduate Studies website. No applicant will be admitted to the program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to beginning an application. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Applicants to the PhD degree in Kinesiology are normally required to have a thesis-based master’s degree in Health and Exercise Sciences, Kinesiology, or other related field of study, along with appropriate undergraduate and graduate coursework. Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a non-Kinesiology program may be considered for admission, particularly if they have a strong background in the biological, natural, behavioural or health sciences.  In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet these grade requirements but have significant relevant research training or professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of the School of Health and Exercise Sciences Graduate Committee and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants from universities outside Canada for which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests and minimum required test scores for admission are listed on the College of Graduate Studies website. No applicant will be admitted to the program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the thesis research; thus, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to beginning an application. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months.

No applicant will be admitted to the PhD program until a member of the Health and Exercise Sciences faculty has agreed to supervise the dissertation research; thus, again, applicants are strongly urged to identify and contact a potential research supervisor prior to beginning an application.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full information of admission and program requirements; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country and institution. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide — a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Go to the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

UBC Okanagan’s tuition and fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre.

Tuition

Tuition amounts presented here are estimates only and all fees are subject to change. For official tuition and fee information, visit UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar*, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
Msc Full-time $4,995.78 $8,776.74
PhD Full-time $4,995.78 $8,776.74**

Tuition is paid three times a year at the beginning of each term, and on the first day of the term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1 (September), Winter Term 2 (January), and Summer Term (May).

In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct..

Note: International doctoral applicants with an admission grade point average (GPA) of first-class standing may receive the International Four-Year Doctoral Partial Tuition Award, which will cover the difference between international and domestic tuition fees

Funding Opportunities

Graduate student stipends are funded through a combination of internal and external awards, Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). Funding and stipend amounts are normally at the Canadian Tri-Council level. Funding beyond the expected completion times (i.e., MSc: 24 months; PhD: 48 months) is not guaranteed.   Students are expected, whenever possible, to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowship.

Teaching Assistantships (TA):

Providing financial support, TAs allow graduate students to develop skills in teaching, supervision and student assessment. TAs may lead seminars, help teach undergraduate courses, or assist in student evaluations and marking. TAs will receive mentorship from their supervisor, the course instructor.

Research Assistantships (RA):

As a paid RA, students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis.

awards & scholarships

UBC Awards

The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards

All prospective graduate students should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including, in the case of domestic students, scholarships offered by Canada’s three research councils: CIHRNSERC and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority).


HOW TO APPLY

Find a Supervisor

Please contact at least one potential research supervisor before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as satisfying program-specific criteria.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Statement of intent or purpose
  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • CV or resumé
  • Three reference forms or letters

Compiling a complete application takes time so we recommend that you start the application two months in advance of the deadlines listed in the following table. To be considered for entrance scholarships, your application materials must be submitted by:

Intake Application Deadline
Domestic and International applicants
September January 31
May* October 1*
January June 1

*May admission is only available in the PhD program.


UBC’S OKANAGAN CAMPUS

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. At the School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

DYNAMIC CITY

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

NATURAL BEAUTY

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

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CAMPUS HOUSING

Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

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Clubs: Make friends with similar interests, stay informed, and organize or participate in academic and recreational events in the Graduate Health and Exercise Sciences Society.

Events: Various orientations help graduate students to explore, discover and learn about the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, and living in the Okanagan Valley.

Stay active: Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax: The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

College of Graduate Studies: Your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

Centre for Scholarly Communication: Supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty in disseminating their research. The Library’s CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles, and grant proposals.

Centre for Teaching and Learning: Provides support related to teaching, TA training, and use of technology in educational programming.

Learn more about graduate student resources and support.

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The ‘Your Next Step’ program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.