Doctoral study in Exercise Sciences

Why study with us?

New Zealand’s leading and largest Faculty of Science* brings together 10 diverse schools and departments to provide outstanding quality teaching and research opportunities. Our doctoral students work with some of the nation’s leading researchers and benefit from the faculty’s connections with international universities and industry. You will also have access to high-quality laboratory and field research facilities.


Research opportunities

We welcome PhD proposals in areas including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology and Metabolism
  • Movement, Exercise, Sport and Health
  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise and Muscle Physiology Laboratory

Our people

Many of our knowledgeable scientists are major contributors in their field.

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Research topics

See a selection of past and present research topics:

  • The effects of hypnosis and hypnotically induced limb paralysis on behavioural and neurophysiological indices of movement | supervised by Greg Anson
  • The neurophysiological basis of response inhibition: Implications for earlier diagnosis and individualized treatment of Parkinson’s disease | supervised by Winston Byblow
  • Improving upper-limb impairment after stroke with novel brain stimulation | supervised by Winston Byblow
  • Motor synergies for functional upper limb movement in hemiparesis resulting from stroke | supervised by Winston Byblow
  • Central fatigue and the human visual system: Eye movements, information processing and pharmaceutical interventions | supervised by Nick Gant
  • Incidence, progression and effect of interventions on metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors in a University age population | supervised by James Stinear
  • Systemic signalling in the adaptation of neuromuscular function with variations in exercise training load in Olympic weightlifters | Heather Smith
  • Recovery of Hand Function Following Stroke | supervised by Winston Byblow

For more information about past PhD theses and topics you may be interested in, or supervisors and their past research, please use the search function on the Libraries and Learning Services catalogue.

Scholarships and awards

See our University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship page for scholarship opportunities. Or search our database for scholarships that may be available.

Help and advice

Please see our Doctoral students section for further information, advice and contact information.

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