Study human movement at the highest level, and contribute important ideas to the field, in your PhD in Human Movement at VU.
We give you access to world-class facilities and expert supervisors to support your ground-breaking research.
PhD in Human Movement at VU
VU’s research in human movement was recently rated as 'well above world standard' by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
Our high-performance in sport and healthy populations research programs give you opportunities for PhD research in scientific and social areas. Examine the movement factors that influence sporting performance, or develop exercise interventions for clinical practice. We have a wide range of exciting research options.
You’ll benefit from our commitment and investment in human-movement research:
- Footscray Park’s $68 million high-technology teaching and research facility
- our interdisciplinary Institute of Health and Sport
- collaboration with industry partners.
You’ll submit your research findings as a formal PhD thesis. You’ll also learn to present your research in academic publications and conference presentations.
VU is a leader in human-movement research, and this is supported by a $68 million high-technology teaching and research facility at Footscray Park Campus.
Our 29 new labs are fitted with the latest technology and equipment. They are used by professional sports team and community organisations. Facilities include biomechanics, biochemistry, and exercise physiology labs, and our Altitude Hotel.
Learn from expert staff and scholars, whose research in sports science achieved ‘well above world standard’ in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.
VU has partnerships and collaborations with dozens of publics institutions, health organisations and private sporting bodies. We also work with other universities to provide the highest-level expertise and resources for our students.
Our strategic partners include:
- Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science
- National Heart Foundation
- University of Melbourne
- Dept. Sustainability Environment
- Florey Neuroscience Inst.
- Mason Foundation
- Australian Government Collaborative Research Network
- Western Health (AIMSS)
- Brockhoff Foundation
- Arthritis Australia
- Diabetes Australia Research Trust
- LEW Carty.
VU research into human movement is an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach focusing on high-performance sport, and healthy, active populations.
Our sport research spans topics such as:
- clinical exercise science
- exercise performance
- GPS devices in sport
- medical physiology
- muscle and exercise metabolism
- sport in society.
Our research into creating healthy, active communities, includes:
- enhancing and improving body image, mental and physical wellbeing across the lifespan
- exercise regimes for chronic disease and mental health
- improving health and physical activity in socially disadvantaged communities
- movement biomechanics and assistive technologies
- muscle function and muscle wasting.
VU Research gives you opportunities to:
- connect with other researchers
- participate in research festivals and competitions
- develop your research skills
- get funding for your research
- publish and promote your findings.
We offer support for graduate researchers including:
- an induction program
- study spaces
- a Graduate Research Centre
- units to help you conceptualise and contextualise your research
- research ambassadors and student association.
Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.
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Access research opportunities through our strong community of athletes and healthcare partners
Careers in human-movement research
A PhD in human movement can lead to high-level work in government, healthcare, the sport and recreation industries, and academia.
The government website Job Outlook has the following salaries:
The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.
An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.|
|2.||intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.|
|3.||expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.|
|4.||expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.|
|5.||capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.|
|6.||intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.|
|7.||ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.|
|8.||autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.|
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
- Bachelor/Honours degree: Completed a relevant Masters degree or four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.
- International: Achieved an IELTS, (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and completed a Masters degree or a relevant four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.
English language requirements
Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.