Graduate studies

EPHE graduate programs



Coaching studies (MEd)

This degree provides you with a program of studies with a particular focus on coaching science.

Overiew

This is a summer-based program and is largely course-based. Twelve units of required courses are completed during July/August at UVic over two consecutive summers. There is no requirement to be on-campus for any of the other program requirements. Typical program length is 2–2 ½ years; inclusive of the two 4-month work terms

Program sequence

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Coaching Studies program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

Program requirements: Total = 18 units + 2 work terms (6.0 units)

Program components Units
Required coursework within EPHE   12.0
EPHE 570 Skill Acquisition in Physical Education and Sport (1.5)
EPHE 572 Physiology in Physical Education and Sport (1.5)
EPHE 574 Administration of Physical Education, Recreation and Sport (1.5)
EPHE 575 Applied Sport Psychology (1.5)
EPHE 576 Teaching and Coaching Effectiveness in Physical Education and Sport (1.5)
EPHE 577 Research Methods and Techniques in Coaching Studies (1.5)
EPHE 578 Biomechanics (1.5)
EPHE 579 Current Issues in Coaching Studies (1.5)
Electives: Complete two electives to support your program of study 3.0
Project: All MEd in Coaching Studies students complete a project (EPHE 598) 3.0
Work terms: Complete two cooperative work terms (typically coaching; 6.0 EPHE 801 and 802) 6.0

Note: Electives may be chosen from courses in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, other departments at the University of Victoria, or from other universities to complement your interests in coaching studies.

How to apply

To apply for admission to the Coaching Studies program you should vist the Graduate Admissions and Record website and follow the instructions on how to apply to become a UVic graduate student.

For admission to the MEd in Coaching Studies the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records:

  • Assessment reports from two referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced academic studies
  • Your academic transcripts
  • A resume of your coaching experience
  • Copies of your coaching certificates
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant, see the Faculty of Graduate Studie website for more information about English Language profeciency)

Applications for the Coaching Studies program must be received by March 15 for admission to the program in the following July.

If you require assistance with the Coaching Studies application process, please contact the

Co-operative education and work terms

The Coaching Studies program is a mandatory co-op program.

When you accepted into the Coaching Studies program you will be automatically enrolled in co-op.

Co-op experiences in this program will help you to apply classroom concepts in the workplace, by coaching athletes and reflecting on what makes for "effective" coaching behaviour.

In the Coaching Studies program you will complete two work terms.

You can obtain more specific information about co-operative education associated with the Coaching Studies program from the .

Conference and travel grants

Student conference awards

Undergraduate and master's students may be awarded up to $150 by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education to support conference presentations and attendance. PhD students may be awarded up to $250.

Examples of eligible events:

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association Conference (attendance by BCRPA award recipient)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference (attendance by CSEP award recipient)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada Student Leadership Conference (attendance by PHE Award recipient)
  • Quality Daily PE Provincial Conference

Guidelines:

  • You can be awarded $150.00 only once per degree as an undergrad or master's student or $250 twice as a PhD student.
  • You must be the first author on a paper or poster presentation related to your research or be attending a conference as an award recipient.
  • You must be a registered UVic student at the time of acceptance of your conference presentation.
  • Your Honours supervisor or program coordinator for undergrad students, or the graduate adviser for grad students, must approve and support your application.
  • A preliminary abstract and proof of acceptance of your abstract must be submitted with your application.
  • Award recipients may be asked to present their papers or posters to fellow students.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the support of the Honours supervisor, program coordinator, or grad adviser.
  3. Attach a copy of your abstract and confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers.
  4. Submit the signed form to the EPHE Office, McKinnon Room 120, to the attention of the Administrative Officer (you will be notified of the result by email).

Other travel gants

For details, deadlines and application forms:

Graduate study fees

The fees for graduate students are very different than those assessed for undergraduate study.

As a master's student continuous registration is required into each and every term until you graduate. Students are charged a fee for every term they are registered in a degree program. Fees are paid by installments (not per course). For a master's program a mandatory minimum total of 5 full fee installments are required. Co-op fees are additional. After you have paid five full fee installments and have not finished your program, a sixth full fee installment will be assessed. For subsequent terms thereafter a smaller re-registration fee will be assessed each term until you graduate. For more information on fees visit the on-line Graduate Calendar and the current tuition schedule.

If you have questions about tuition or student fees, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

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Kinesiology (MA)

This degree allows you to examine issues and questions related to kinesiology.

Overview

This program is predicated on the inquiry approach, allowing students to examine issues and questions related to specific sub-discipline areas associated with kinesiology. The design of the program allows for considerable flexibility, permitting students to pursue their area of interest under the guidance and advice of a supervisor. A thesis, subject to oral examination, or a project is required. Program length is usually 2-3 years.

Program sequence

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Coaching Studies program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

Program requirements: Total = 18 units

Program components Units
Research methods course (EPHE 573) 3.0
Coursework within EPHE (two courses from the list of 580 courses below) 3.0
EPHE 580 Physiological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 581 Psychological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)
EPHE 582 Neuroscience in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 583 Issues in Health Promotion and Wellness (1.5)  
EPHE 584 Pedagogical Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
Attendance at the School Research Seminar (EPHE 500)   0.0
Research technique course (one course from the list below, or equivalent with approval of the graduate adviser) (see Note 1.) 1.5
ED-D 560 Statistical Methods in Education (1.5)  
EPHE 585 Qualitative Research Genres Applied to Education, Health & Society (1.5)  
Electives (see Note 2.): 1.5-7.5
Thesis (EPHE 599) (see Note 3.) 7.5-9.0
Project (EPHE 598) (see Note 3.)

3.0-4.5

Note 1.

You will beprovided with an overview of quantitative or qualitative research procedures relevant to your research question and design.

Note 2.

Electives may be chosen from courses in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, including Directed Studies or Special Topic courses, or other departments, to increase the knowledge base in your area of interest.

Note 3.

Students must complete either a thesis or a project.

Co-operative education and work terms

Co-operative education is an optional addition to the the Kinesiology (MA) program.

You can obtain more specific information about adding co-operative education to the Kinesiology (MA) program from the .

How to apply

To apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MA) program you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Make contact with your prospective supervisor (see faculty proifiles) and establish whether to apply or not

  2. Visit the Graduate Admissions and Records website. Follow the instructions on how to apply to become a UVic graduate student. 
    • For admission to the Kinesiology (MA) program the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records: 
      • Assessment reports from two academic referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced studies
      • Your academic transcripts
      • A letter of intent (see Letter of intent section)
      • Evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about English Language proficiency)Assistance

If you require assistance with the application process, please contact the .

Letter of intent

When you apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MA) program you need to include a letter of intent with your application. Your letter of intent should be two pages or less. In it you should:

  1. Introduce yourself, describe your academic background, state your specific area of research interest, as well as your career goals.
  2. Identify a faculty member as a possible supervisor.

Find a supervisor

To apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MSc) program you need a n EPHE faculty member to agree to supervise you in your specific areas of research.

You should review the research profiles of EPHE faculty members to identify a person with expertise in your areas of interest.

You should then contact the faculty member (or members) directly to discuss your area of interest and the possibility of supervision.

You can also email the for help to connect with a potential supervisor.

Conference and travel grants

Student conference awards

Undergraduate and master's students may be awarded up to $150 by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education to support conference presentations and attendance. PhD students may be awarded up to $250.

Examples of eligible events:

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association Conference (attendance by BCRPA award recipient)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference (attendance by CSEP award recipient)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada Student Leadership Conference (attendance by PHE Award recipient)
  • Quality Daily PE Provincial Conference

Guidelines:

  • You can be awarded $150.00 only once per degree as an undergrad or master's student or $250 twice as a PhD student.
  • You must be the first author on a paper or poster presentation related to your research or be attending a conference as an award recipient.
  • You must be a registered UVic student at the time of acceptance of your conference presentation.
  • Your Honours supervisor or program coordinator for undergrad students, or the graduate adviser for grad students, must approve and support your application.
  • A preliminary abstract and proof of acceptance of your abstract must be submitted with your application.
  • Award recipients may be asked to present their papers or posters to fellow students.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the support of the Honours supervisor, program coordinator, or grad adviser.
  3. Attach a copy of your abstract and confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers.
  4. Submit the signed form to the EPHE Office, McKinnon Room 120, to the attention of the Administrative Officer (you will be notified of the result by email).

Other travel gants

For details, deadlines and application forms:

Graduate study fees

The fees for graduate students are very different than those assessed for undergraduate study.

As a master's student continuous registration is required into each and every term until you graduate. Students are charged a fee for every term they are registered in a degree program. Fees are paid by installments (not per course). For a master's program a mandatory minimum total of 5 full fee installments are required. Co-op fees are additional. After you have paid five full fee installments and have not finished your program, a sixth full fee installment will be assessed. For subsequent terms thereafter a smaller re-registration fee will be assessed each term until you graduate. For more information on fees visit the on-line Graduate Calendar and the current tuition schedule.

If you have questions about tuition or student fees, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

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Kinesiology (MSc)

This degree allows you to examine issues and questions related to kinesiology, culminating in the development of a thesis.

Overiew

This program is predicated on the “Inquiry Approach,” allowing students to examine issues and questions related to the specific sub-discipline areas. The design of the program allows for considerable flexibility permitting students to pursue their area of interest under the guidance and advice of their supervisor. A thesis, subject to oral examination, is required. Typical program length is 2-2 ½  years.

Program sequence

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Coaching Studies program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

Program requirements: Total = 18 units

Program components Units
Research methods course (EPHE 573)   3.0
Coursework within EPHE (two courses from the list of 580 courses below) 3.0
EPHE 580 Physiological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 581 Psychological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)
EPHE 582 Neuroscience in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 583 Issues in Health Promotion and Wellness (1.5)  
EPHE 584 Pedagogical Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
Attendance at the School Research Seminar (EPHE 500)   0.0
Research technique course (one course from the list below, or equivalent) (see Note 1.)  1.5
ED-D 560 Statistical Methods in Education (1.5)
EPHE 585 Qualitative Research Genres Applied to Education, Health & Society (1.5)
Electives: Complete one or two electives to support your program of study (see Note 2.) 1.5-3.0
Thesis: All Kinesiology (MSc) students complete a thesis (EPHE 599) 7.5-9.0

Note 1.

Students will receive an overview of quantitative or qualitative research procedures relevant to your research question and design.

Note 2.

Electives may be chosen from courses in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, including Directed Studies or Special Topic courses, or other departments, to increase the knowledge base in your area of interest.

Co-operative education and work terms

Co-operative education is an optional addition to the the Kinesiology (MSc) program.

You can obtain more specific information about adding co-operative education to the Kinesiology (MA) program from the .

How to apply

To apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MSc) program you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Make contact with your prospective supervisor (see faculty proifiles) and establish whether to apply or not

  2. Visit the Graduate Admissions and Records website. Follow the instructions on how to apply to become a UVic graduate student. 
    • For admission to the Kinesiology (MSc) program the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records: 
      • Assessment reports from two academic referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced studies
      • Your academic transcripts
      • A letter of intent (see Letter of intent section)
      • Evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about English Language proficiency)Assistance

If you require assistance with the application process, please contact the .

Letter of intent

When you apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MSc) program you need to include a letter of intent with your application. Your letter of intent should be two pages or less. In it you should:

  1. Introduce yourself, describe your academic background, state your specific area of research interest, as well as your career goals.
  2. Identify a faculty member as a possible supervisor.

Find a supervisor

To apply for admission to the Kinesiology (MSc) program you need a member of faculty to agree to supervise you in your specific area of research.

You should review the research profiles of EPHE faculty members to identify a person with expertise in your areas of interest.

You should then contact the faculty member (or members) directly to discuss your areas of interest and the possibility of supervision.

You can also email the for help to connect with a potential supervisor.

Conference and travel grants

Student conference awards

Undergraduate and master's students may be awarded up to $150 by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education to support conference presentations and attendance. PhD students may be awarded up to $250.

Examples of eligible events:

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association Conference (attendance by BCRPA award recipient)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference (attendance by CSEP award recipient)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada Student Leadership Conference (attendance by PHE Award recipient)
  • Quality Daily PE Provincial Conference

Guidelines:

  • You can be awarded $150.00 only once per degree as an undergrad or master's student or $250 twice as a PhD student.
  • You must be the first author on a paper or poster presentation related to your research or be attending a conference as an award recipient.
  • You must be a registered UVic student at the time of acceptance of your conference presentation.
  • Your Honours supervisor or program coordinator for undergrad students, or the graduate adviser for grad students, must approve and support your application.
  • A preliminary abstract and proof of acceptance of your abstract must be submitted with your application.
  • Award recipients may be asked to present their papers or posters to fellow students.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the support of the Honours supervisor, program coordinator, or grad adviser.
  3. Attach a copy of your abstract and confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers.
  4. Submit the signed form to the EPHE Office, McKinnon Room 120, to the attention of the Administrative Officer (you will be notified of the result by email).

Other travel gants

For details, deadlines and application forms:

Graduate study fees

The fees for graduate students are very different than those assessed for undergraduate study.

As a master's student continuous registration is required into each and every term until you graduate. Students are charged a fee for every term they are registered in a degree program. Fees are paid by installments (not per course). For a master's program a mandatory minimum total of 5 full fee installments are required. Co-op fees are additional. After you have paid five full fee installments and have not finished your program, a sixth full fee installment will be assessed. For subsequent terms thereafter a smaller re-registration fee will be assessed each term until you graduate. For more information on fees visit the on-line Graduate Calendar and the current tuition schedule.

If you have questions about tuition or student fees, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

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Leisure Service Administration (MA)

This degree is a program of study focusing on administration and management of recreation and leisure service organizations. The program is currently under review; however if you are interested in recreation management please email for further information and to discuss your interests.

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Physical Education (MA)

This degree allows you to develop a program of study with a specific focus on curriculum development or instructional strategies.

Overiew

This degree provides the students with the opportunity to develop a program with a specific focus on curriculum development or instructional strategies. Course work provides the knowledge and skills to complete a required thesis, which is subject to an oral examination. Typical program length is 2–2½ years.

Program sequence

The following is the list of required courses and the recommended sequence for the Coaching Studies program as outlined in the current University Calendar. If there are any discrepancies between this website and the Calendar, the Calendar will take precedence.

Program requirements: Total = 18 units

Program components Units
Research methods course (EPHE 573) 3.0
Coursework within EPHE (two courses from the list of 580 courses below) 3.0
EPHE 580 Physiological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 581 Psychological Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)
EPHE 582 Neuroscience in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
EPHE 583 Issues in Health Promotion and Wellness (1.5)  
EPHE 584 Pedagogical Issues in Physical Activity and Health (1.5)  
Attendance at the School Research Seminar (EPHE 500)   0.0
Complementary course(s) in research techniques 1.5-3.0
Electives: Complete 2 – 4 electives to support your program of study (see Note 1.) 3.0-6.0
Thesis: All Physical Education (MA) students complete a thesis (EPHE 599) 4.5-6.0

Note 1.

Electives may be chosen from courses in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, including Directed Studies or Special Topic courses, or other departments, to increase the knowledge base in your area of interest.

Co-operative education and work terms

Co-operative education is an optional addition to the the Physical Education (MEd) program.

You can obtain more specific information about adding co-operative education to the Physical Education (MEd) program from the .

How to apply

To apply for admission to the Physical Education (MA) program you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Make contact with your prospective supervisor (see faculty proifiles) and establish whether to apply or not

  2. Visit the Graduate Admissions and Records website. Follow the instructions on how to apply to become a UVic graduate student. 
    • For admission to the Physical Education (MA) program the following documents will need to be submitted to Graduate Admissions and Records: 
      • Assessment reports from two academic referees who can speak to your ability to undertake advanced studies
      • Your academic transcripts
      • A letter of intent (see Letter of intent section)
      • Evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for more information about English Language proficiency)Assistance

If you require assistance with the application process, please contact the .

Letter of intent

When you apply for admission to the Physical Education (MA) program you need to include a letter of intent with your application. Your letter of intent should be two pages or less. In it you should:

  1. Introduce yourself, describe your academic background, state your specific area of research interest, as well as your career goals.
  2. Identify a faculty member as a possible supervisor.

Find a supervisor

To apply for admission to the Physical Education (MA) program you need a member of faculty to agree to supervise you in your specific area of research.

You should review the research profiles of EPHE faculty members to identify a person with expertise in your areas of interest.

You should then contact the faculty member (or members) directly to discuss your areas of interest and the possibility of supervision.

You can also email the for help to connect with a potential supervisor.

Conference and travel grants

Student conference awards

Undergraduate and master's students may be awarded up to $150 by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education to support conference presentations and attendance. PhD students may be awarded up to $250.

Examples of eligible events:

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association Conference (attendance by BCRPA award recipient)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference (attendance by CSEP award recipient)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada Student Leadership Conference (attendance by PHE Award recipient)
  • Quality Daily PE Provincial Conference

Guidelines:

  • You can be awarded $150.00 only once per degree as an undergrad or master's student or $250 twice as a PhD student.
  • You must be the first author on a paper or poster presentation related to your research or be attending a conference as an award recipient.
  • You must be a registered UVic student at the time of acceptance of your conference presentation.
  • Your Honours supervisor or program coordinator for undergrad students, or the graduate adviser for grad students, must approve and support your application.
  • A preliminary abstract and proof of acceptance of your abstract must be submitted with your application.
  • Award recipients may be asked to present their papers or posters to fellow students.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the support of the Honours supervisor, program coordinator, or grad adviser.
  3. Attach a copy of your abstract and confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers.
  4. Submit the signed form to the EPHE Office, McKinnon Room 120, to the attention of the Administrative Officer (you will be notified of the result by email).

Other travel gants

For details, deadlines and application forms:

Graduate study fees

The fees for graduate students are very different than those assessed for undergraduate study.

As a master's student continuous registration is required into each and every term until you graduate. Students are charged a fee for every term they are registered in a degree program. Fees are paid by installments (not per course). For a master's program a mandatory minimum total of 5 full fee installments are required. Co-op fees are additional. After you have paid five full fee installments and have not finished your program, a sixth full fee installment will be assessed. For subsequent terms thereafter a smaller re-registration fee will be assessed each term until you graduate. For more information on fees visit the on-line Graduate Calendar and the current tuition schedule.

If you have questions about tuition or student fees, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

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Kinesiology (PhD)

This degree provides the you with the opportunity to develop the technical, intellectual and conceptual skills to conduct original research and critically read the literature in the area of physical activity and health and in the context of schools, work, community and sport.

Overview

The goal of the Kinesiology (PhD) program is for you to develop the technical, intellectual and conceptual skills to conduct original research and critically read the literature in the area of physical activity and health and in the context of schools, work, community and sport.

Graduates of the Kinesiology (PhD) program play key leadership and research roles in specific areas related to physical activity and health. The areas of specialization within our PhD program are specific to the areas of interest and expertise of the EPHE faculty profiles.

Program sequence

Your exact program of studies will be negotiated between yourself, your supervisor and the School’s graduate advisor prior to the beginning of your first academic year.

The requirements of the Kinesiology (PhD) program are:

Master’s degree plus 30 units:

Description
Units
EPHE 673 Doctoral seminar
3.0
Elective graduate level courses
6.0
EPHE 693 Candidacy Examination
3.0
EPHE 699 Dissertation
18.0
Total units
30.0

Typically the Kinesiology (PhD) program is scheduled over 3 years.

Program schedule

A typical Kinesiology (PhD) program schedule might look like the following:

Year Sep-Dec term Jan-Apr term May-Aug term
Year 1 EPHE 673 doctoral seminar
2 elective courses
EPHE 673 doctoral seminar 
2 elective courses
Preparation for candidacy exam
Year 2 3 papers for candidacy exam Papers continued
Dissertation proposal
Papers for candidacy exam
Year 3 & 4 EPHE 699 dissertation   EPHE 699 dissertation   EPHE 699 dissertation

Graduate course work

You will be required to complete 6.0 units of graduate-level elective courses. These courses may be taken within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education or elsewhere. For courses taken elsewhere, you need the permission of your supervisory committee and the academic units offering the courses. Generally coursework is completed during the first year.

Doctoral seminar (EPHE 673)

You will participate in a year-long seminar that focuses on three main issues: a survey of current research in our field; an examination of research issues including research ethics, funding, grant writing, the publication process, and knowledge translation and dissemination; and a critical review of individual student’s research question.

Candidacy examination (EPHE 693)

Within three years of registration as a provisional doctoral student and at least six months before the final oral examination, you must pass a candidacy examination. The purpose of the candidacy examination is to test your understanding of material considered essential to completion of the PhD and/or your competence to conduct research for your dissertation.

The candidacy exam is comprised of two parts.

Part 1

You provide three scholarly papers to the supervisory committee for the written part of the exam. These papers may be original research, a critical review and synthesis of the literature relevant to the likely topic for the dissertation, a presentation of a theory or model related to your research interest or a combination of these topics. The topics for these papers are determined in consultation with your supervisor towards the end of the first year in the program and should be of sufficient quality to be submitted for publication in refereed journals specific to the field of study.

Part 2

For the oral part of the exam, you will present and defend the three written papers to your supervisory committee.

Elective coursework

As part of your Kinesiology (PhD) program you are required to complete 6.0 units of graduate-level elective courses. The courses may be taken within the School or elsewhere. For courses taken elsewhere, you need permission of your supervisory committee and the academic units offering the courses. Generally coursework is completed during your first year.

Dissertation (EPHE 699)

Your dissertation has two phases: 1) the proposal phase and 2) the dissertation phase.

Phase 1. Dissertation proposal

  1. Written: You will present a document outlining the content of the proposed dissertation to your supervisory committee. This document will include: projects already completed, those in progress, and those to be completed.
  2. Oral: You will present and defend your dissertation proposal before the supervisory committee. The supervisory committee must approve the proposal before you proceed with the research.

Phase 2. Dissertation

The written dissertation must conform to the standards of the university and the research standards of the wider scientific community. The doctoral dissertation must embody original work and constitute a significant contribution to knowledge in your field of study. The written dissertation must conform to the standards of the university and the research standards of the wider scientific community.

Dissertation defense

You will also defend your dissertation through an oral examination in front of an examining committee as specified in the Guidelines of the Faculty of Graduate Studies to ensure that the research and the dissertation meet the required academic and scholarly standards.

Co-operative education and work terms

Co-operative education is an optional addition to the the Kinesiology (PhD) program.

You can obtain more specific information about adding co-operative education to the Kinesiology (PhD) program from the .

How to apply

Application deadline

Applications may be received at any time, but January 15 is recommended for applicants to the PhD program seeking admission the following September.

How to apply

  1. Make contact with your prospective supervisor and establish whether to apply or not.
  2. Visit the UVic Graduate Admissions and Records website. View the "Admission" section and follow the instructions on how to apply to become a University of Victoria graduate student.
  3. Submit (by email or regular mail) a Resume and Letter of Intent to your prospective Graduate Supervisor. This letter should be developed in cooperation with your prospective supervisor.
  4. If you require assistance with the application process, contact the .

Letter of intent

When you apply for admission to the Kinesiology (PhD) program you need to include a letter of intent with your application. Your letter of intent should be 2-3 pages and address the following:

  1. Introduce yourself. It is a good idea to describe how you are involved in the area of your research interest. Ensure you describe what you bring with you (e.g. previous degrees and research experience, work in the field). Try to be succinct as your resume will provide the details of what you bring with you.
  2. Where are you headed? Describe the direction you are headed in your professional/research career and why you want to complete a PhD in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.
  3. Intended research focus. Describe the area of research you will focus on during your PhD program. You should have discussed this with your potential supervisor. Include a list of potential graduate coursework to be undertaken.

Find a supervisor

To apply for admission to the Kinesiology (PhD program you need a member of faculty to agree to supervise you in your specific area of research.

You should review the research profiles of EPHE faculty members to identify a person with expertise in your areas of interest.

You should then contact the faculty member (or members) directly to discuss your areas of interest and the possibility of supervision.

You can also email the for help to connect with a potential supervisor.

Conference and travel grants

Student conference awards

Undergraduate and master's students may be awarded up to $150 by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education to support conference presentations and attendance. PhD students may be awarded up to $250.

Examples of eligible events:

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association Conference (attendance by BCRPA award recipient)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference (attendance by CSEP award recipient)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada Student Leadership Conference (attendance by PHE Award recipient)
  • Quality Daily PE Provincial Conference

Guidelines:

  • You can be awarded $150.00 only once per degree as an undergrad or master's student or $250 twice as a PhD student.
  • You must be the first author on a paper or poster presentation related to your research or be attending a conference as an award recipient.
  • You must be a registered UVic student at the time of acceptance of your conference presentation.
  • Your Honours supervisor or program coordinator for undergrad students, or the graduate adviser for grad students, must approve and support your application.
  • A preliminary abstract and proof of acceptance of your abstract must be submitted with your application.
  • Award recipients may be asked to present their papers or posters to fellow students.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the support of the Honours supervisor, program coordinator, or grad adviser.
  3. Attach a copy of your abstract and confirmation of acceptance from the conference organizers.
  4. Submit the signed form to the EPHE Office, McKinnon Room 120, to the attention of the Administrative Officer (you will be notified of the result by email).

Other travel gants

For details, deadlines and application forms:

Graduate study fees

The fees for graduate students are very different than those assessed for undergraduate study.

As a master's student continuous registration is required into each and every term until you graduate. Students are charged a fee for every term they are registered in a degree program. Fees are paid by installments (not per course). For a master's program a mandatory minimum total of 5 full fee installments are required. Co-op fees are additional. After you have paid five full fee installments and have not finished your program, a sixth full fee installment will be assessed. For subsequent terms thereafter a smaller re-registration fee will be assessed each term until you graduate. For more information on fees visit the on-line Graduate Calendar and the current tuition schedule.

If you have questions about tuition or student fees, please contact the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

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