Graduate studies

Cory Coehoorn helping a fire fighter put on gear

Cory Coehoorn assists a local fire fighter to put on his gear before climbing on the treadmill as part of Dr. Lynneth Stuart-Hill’s research into how first responders cope with the unique physical demands of their jobs.

Amber Nordquist looking through a video-recorder

Kinesiology graduate student Amber Nordquist worked with Drs. Lynneth Stuart-Hill and Viviene Temple to evaluate the physiological responses of kids participating in programs at the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Navin Kaushal studying a test subject in the Behavioural Medicine Lab

Navin Kaushal came to UVic to work with Dr. Ryan Rhodes in the Behavioural Medicine Lab. He researched what it takes to integrate exercise into our daily routines and make it a habit.

Andrea Dougan coaching in a gym

Physical education teacher Andrea Dougan has returned to UVic to take the MEd in Coaching Studies. She loves that she is able to take classes over the summer and continue teaching while she studies.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs advance your knowledge and skills in the area of physical activity, health and exercise science.

Students in our programs are making an impact with applied research on issues we all face, like aging, becoming more active and recovering from injury or illness. We are conducting important studies on brain injuries, analyzing curriculum and instruction in physical education, exploring the psychology of physical activity, and much more.

Our Leisure Service Administration (MA) program is currently under review. If you are interested in recreation management, please email for information.

Graduate research areas

At the graduate level, our research and teaching strengths include:

  • socio-cultural influences on physical activity participation
  • exercise and rehabilitation
  • occupational physiology
  • coaching science
  • physical activity for psychological and physical wellbeing
  • recreation and sport management
  • teacher education
  • biomedical research

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