Studying Kinesiology at UCalgary

By University of Calgary Modified on May 06, 2019

You can get a world class education with many experiential learning opportunities at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology.


Do you want to work in the fitness, physical education, physiotherapy or sports medicine industries? A degree in kinesiology is the first step into any of those careers and many more, and you can get a world class education with many experiential learning opportunities at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology.

The Faculty of Kinesiology is ranked first in North America for schools of sport science and seventh in the world by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of sport science schools and departments.

At UCalgary, kinesiology students learn in one of the largest and best equipped research centres in the world. These state-of-the-art facilities allow for specialized teaching and research in many areas such as anatomy, physiology, biology, nutrition, sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics and motor control. The university’s Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre is one of 11 international research centres for injury prevention and protection of athlete health, recognized by the International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Department. Students can take advantage of these resources and conduct their own research. own research.

“We are a multidisciplinary faculty with a focus on human movement, sport and health, conducting both basic and applied research,”says Dr. Penny Werthner, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology. “Our researchers are world renowned leaders in their respective fields. Our research provides evidence of the benefits of exercise for all ages, from a biomechanics and exercise physiology perspective to a behavioral and social science perspective.”

As well as benefiting from leading-edge learning facilities and instructors, students can also take part in a variety of sports and other activities through Active Living, one of the largest and most diverse recreation departments in North America. Other facilities open to students include the Olympic Oval, a speed skating facility from the Calgary Winter Olympics; the Outdoor Centre, which is the largest of its kind in North America; and the Sport Medicine Centre.

Joining the Faculty of Kinesiology also gives students the opportunity to make a positive difference in the broader community. The faculty plays host to one of the Be Fit for Life Network centres, a non-profit organization that encourages Albertans to be healthy, and is involved in Ever Active Schools, a provincial initiative designed to help create healthy school communities.

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