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Health and Exercise Science (PhD)

Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
4 years
90 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter, Summer

Program overview

The PhD in Health and Exercise Science expands your knowledge of specific areas of health sciences research, including cellular and systems physiology, intervention and rehabilitation and population health. Under the guidance of our faculty you will study the links between specialized sciences such as athletic therapy, molecular biology, neurology, nutrition and behavioural medicine. The program has a focus on prevention and supportive care. You will have access to Concordia’s School of Health and its unique, multiplex facilities. The School of Health provides an exceptional environment for health research that combines a variety of methodologies under one roof. Current research topics include motion analysis, cardiopulmonary testing, clinical imaging, biological sample analyses and socioenvironmental diagnoses. Our researchers have access to a number of university-led research centres, such as the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, the Centre for Research in Human Development, and the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology, as well as many offsite research units.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology Courses page for course descriptions.

Health and Exercise Science PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

HEXS 801 Scientific Communication and Pedagogy in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)
HEXS 820 Special Topics in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)


credits of Electives Courses chosen from:

HEXS 810 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Physiology Module (3.00)
HEXS 811 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Intervention Module (3.00)
HEXS 812 Advanced Topics in Health and Exercise Science: Population Health Module (3.00)



HEXS 850 Comprehensive Exam in Health and Exercise Science (6.00)



HEXS 851 Research Proposal in Health and Exercise Science (3.00)



HEXS 890 Research and Thesis in Health and Exercise Science (69.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Research MSc in science (e.g., Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, or Physics) from a recognized university.
  • An established publication record.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1


September 1


February 1

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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