Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Movement

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084117C

Level of study: Postgraduate


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.

Course structure

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.

Course structure and units

Coursework Units

Conceptualising and Contextualising Research

Unit code ROP8001

Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code ROP8002

Human Movement (Full-Time)

Unit code SHM8900 Credits48

Human Movement (Part-Time)

Unit code SHM8901 Credits24

Learning outcomes

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.

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.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,200 Per Year
Read more16,100 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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