Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Gymnasium
- 475 Pine Avenue West
- Montreal QC H2W 1S4
- Telephone: 514-398-4184, ext. 0302
- Fax: 514-398-4186
- Email: studentaffairs.kpe [at] mcgill.ca
- Website: mcgill.ca/edu-kpe
About Kinesiology and Physical Education
The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education provides a large variety of research opportunities in a number of areas related to human health and physical activity.
Master's of Science Program
Examples of research pursued as part of the M.Sc. program include the following areas:
- obesity treatment, public health surveillance, and health;
- adaptive response of skeletal muscle in health, nutrition, disease, and aging;
- exercise and nutritional interventions designed to manage and treat chronic diseases;
- the impact of sex and sex hormones on neurovascular physiology;
- clinical and integrative exercise in cardio-respiratory physiology;
- muscle physiology and biophysics.
Biomechanics and Neuroscience:
- ergonomics evaluation of fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders;
- walking and running locomotion gait research;
- sport equipment design and evaluation (e.g., helmets, footwear);
- mobility in healthy and aging people, and in people with disabilities;
- epigenetic modifications associated with brain and spinal cord postnatal development.
Master's of Arts Program
Examples of research pursued as part of the M.A. program include the following areas:
Exercise and Health Psychology:
- psychosocial determinants of health behaviour, body-related emotions, and physical self;
- motivation in youth sport and physical activity;
- school and community-based physical activity promotion;
- promoting emotional well-being and quality of life through physical activity and sport.
Adapted Physical Activity:
- physical activity participation in the community for people with one or multiple disabilities, including developmental, emotional, intellectual, and or physical disabilities;
- self-regulation of physical activity and physical health for individuals with one or multiple disabilities;
- physical activity for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and movement difficulties;
- motivation, self-determination, coaching, participation, and/or social inclusion of children, youth, or adults with disabilities.
Sport, Physical, and Health Education Research in Society:
- physical and health education pedagogy, curriculum, and instruction;
- narrative conceptions of knowledge and physical education teacher education;
- sociology and cultural studies of sport, recreation, and leisure;
- historical perspectives of sport and Canadian society;
- indigenous sport and settler-colonialism.
Doctor of Philosophy Program
- Biomechanics and Neuroscience, which aims to understand human structure and function interactions between biology (muscles, bones, joints), mechanics (forces, acceleration, motion) and/or the nervous system (brain, nerves, genetics).
- Exercise Physiology, which tests the effects of exercise and physical activity on functional, health, and performance outcomes in healthy, clinical, and athletic populations.
- Physical and Health Education, which studies physical and health education programming, physical education teacher experiences, curriculum studies, and teacher education.
- Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies, which corresponds to the sociocultural study of sport, recreation, and leisure across a variety of contexts.
- Adapted Physical Activity, which investigates, in real world settings, the physical activity and sport participation of people living with one or multiple disabilities, including developmental, emotional, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities.
- Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology, which aims to understand how psychological and social factors influence behavioural outcomes (e.g., sport performance, exercise motivation), and psychosocial development, health, and well-being.
|Master of Arts (M.A.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis) (45 credits) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis) (45 credits)|
The thesis programs in Kinesiology and Physical Education are designed to help students develop research skills and expertise in their selected areas of research. All students must have a physical science background to study in the M.Sc. program and a social-psychological background to study in the M.A. program. Students are supervised by a faculty researcher in their respective laboratory or clinical locations.
These research programs often lead to career advancement in academic, scholastic, industrial, clinical, and/or social health care settings.
|Master of Arts (M.A.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) Kinesiology and Physical Education (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)|
The non-thesis programs are currently not offered.
The non-thesis programs in Kinesiology and Physical Education are intended to help students develop professional skills related to their careers in kinesiology and physical education who do not have an interest in research. Students will work with a supervisor and will take a number of courses in the academic areas of interest and will also complete a research project in the area of interest.
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Kinesiology Sciences|
The objective of the Ph.D. in Kinesiology Sciences is to provide opportunities for in-depth research experience in (an) area(s) of Departmental expertise within the breadth of kinesiology research. Students with a Master's degree in kinesiology or related discipline or equivalent background will qualify to apply. Students are supervised by a faculty researcher in their respective laboratory or clinical location(s). Students will complete a number of courses, including a capstone course intended to survey contemporary issues in kinesiology research. Students will become experts in their research field while obtaining knowledge on the multidisciplinary nature of Kinesiology Sciences.
Kinesiology and Physical Education Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
Application Dates and Deadlines
Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.
|Application Opening Dates||Application Deadlines|
|All Applicants||Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange)||Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange)||Current McGill Students (any citizenship)|
|Fall Term:||Sept. 15||Jan. 15||Jan. 15||Jan. 15|
|Winter Term:||Feb. 15||Sept. 1||Oct. 1||Oct. 1|
Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete application are considered only as time and space permit.