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  • BrighterWorld

    We are committed to the discovery, communication and application of knowledge through the interdisciplinary study of human movement. We employ a cell-to-society approach to advance our understanding of the role of physical activity in promoting human health and well-being.

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    We offer a direct-entry Honours B.Sc. (Kinesiology) degree. Our program is widely recognized as a Canadian leader for its quality and interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement. We strive to deliver a student-centered, research-focused approach to learning.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    We offer research-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees linked to our three primary areas of focus: human integrative physiology, mechanics and control of movement, and neuroscience and behaviour. Many students pursue integrative research with applications to human health, rehabilitation and performance.

  • McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)

    McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)

    The McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE) is a state-of-the-art, exercise research and training centre. Our scientists, students and staff are devoted to studying and improving health and well-being among older adults and people with chronic disease or disability.

  • Research


    Kinesiology at McMaster is home to leading Canadian and international researchers who study human movement from a broad perspective. Our experts cluster in three main areas: human integrative physiology, mechanics and control of movement, and neuroscience and behaviour.

  • Facilities and Labs

    Facilities and Labs

    Explore Kinesiology’s outstanding laboratories and facilities with our 360 degree online tours...

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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Explore human movement in an exceptional learning environment offering classroom, laboratory and fieldwork placement experiences…

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Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Conduct research linked to human integrative physiology, neuroscience and behavior, and mechanics and motor control, including the application to human health, rehabilitation and performance…

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Our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to the discovery, communication and application of knowledge through the interdisciplinary study of human movement

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Home to leading Canadian and international researchers who explore human integrative physiology, neuroscience and behavior, and mechanics and motor control…

Latest News

Preschoolers' physical activity can have impact on heart health later in life

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

A new study out of McMaster University, led by Kinesiology PhD student Nicole Proudfoot, suggests the physical activity of children as young as three can... Read more

Falling In love with teaching, learning and being a Teaching Assistant

Friday, 31 May 2019

Michelle Ogrodnik, Kinesiology PhD student, winner of the 2019 McMaster Students Union teaching assistant merit award, discovered her love of teaching through her job as... Read more

Exercise as medicine for seniors

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Kinesiology students sharpen their skills in science communication while talking with residents at Caroline Place about the benefits of exercise for older adults. Please click... Read more

Is exercise in a hot room good for you?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Kinesiology professor Maureen MacDonald was featured in a Toronto Star story about positive health outcomes and possible concerns related to working out in a heated... Read more

Kinesiology faculty member receives CIHR research funding

Friday, 29 March 2019

Dr. Vladimir Ljubicic’s research project is among thirteen research projects at McMaster University which received research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research... Read more

Kinesiology Faculty and Teaching Assistant win 2019 MSU Teaching awards

Monday, 25 March 2019

Dr. Krista Howarth and PhD student Michelle Ogrodnik are among twenty people in the McMaster community who received recognition for their dedication to teaching at... Read more

Heimbecker Cup March 15th, 2019

Monday, 4 March 2019

Every spring there is a hum of excitement in the Ivor Wynne Centre as the Department of Kinesiology faculty, graduate... Read more

Working it out: Researchers find exercise may help seniors fight depression

Friday, 8 February 2019

The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression... Read more

Spotlight on Mentorship at CSEP

Monday, 4 February 2019

Kinesiology professor’s Maureen MacDonald and Stuart Phillips have each been awarded with the CSEP Mentorship award since its inauguration. Please click here to read the... Read more

Kinesiology member nominated for YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Awards

Monday, 4 February 2019

Kinesiology assistant professor’s Janet Pritchard has been nominated with the Education and Mentorship award for YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards. Please click here to... Read more

Exercise 'snacks' make fitness easier: Researchers find short bouts of stairclimbing throughout the day can boost health

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The New York Times and the Globe and Mail featured research by Martin Gibala saying that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time... Read more

Kinesiology researcher included in 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list

Friday, 30 November 2018

Kinesiology professor Stuart Phillips is among seventeen McMaster researchers have been included on the 2018 list of the world’s most cited researchers. Please click here... Read more

Hamilton seniors put their fitness to the test at PACE

Friday, 30 November 2018

According to Stuart Phillips, a professor in the department of Kinesiology and Director of PACE, fitness level is a key indicator associated with healthy aging... Read more

Big news about big muscles

Friday, 16 November 2018

Genetics play a huge role in muscle growth — and in eventual muscle loss, according to new research from McMaster kinesiology PhD student Rob Morton... Read more

Kinesiology members recognized at CSEP 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Four individuals from McMaster’s department of Kinesiology were recognized at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), held in Niagara Falls... Read more

Maintaining Mobility as we Age A Key to Aging Successfully

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Estimates are that nearly 25% of Canadians will be over the age of 65 by the year 2036, and for Stuart Phillips, a professor in... Read more

Finding their whey back: researchers pinpoint ideal protein to help seniors rebuild lost muscle

Friday, 12 October 2018

Kinesiology researchers found that protein did not stop lean muscle loss caused by inactivity, however, whey supplements helped to rebuild muscle once the participants activities... Read more

Jennifer Heisz unpacks new study that suggests the human brain may be hard-wired for laziness

Friday, 21 September 2018

Jennifer Heisz, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, was interviewed by CBC Radio and also did a series of high profile interviews across the... Read more

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