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Exercise Science The Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in the field of Exercise Science gives students a holistic overview of the technical expertise, skills and knowledge required to operate effectively as a modern-day exercise scientist and a strength, conditioning and performance specialist.
Exercise Science The Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours in the field of Exercise Science gives students a holistic overview of the technical expertise, skills and knowledge required to operate effectively as a modern-day exercise scientist and a strength, conditioning and performance specialist.

Qualification: BHSc(Honours)

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 1 year

School: Therapeutic Sciences

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

This is a 1-year full-time degree offered through the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in the School of Therapeutic Sciences.

The BHSc Hons Exercise Science graduate will specialise in the application of scientific processes to improve individual and team athletic performance and decrease injury risk. The graduate may be a generalist, working across the breadth of scientific disciplines, or a specialist practitioner, who has training and applied experiences predominantly within one or more specific scientific discipline area(s) relevant to sport science and sports performance.

The BHSc Hons Exercise Science will prepare participants to be able to sit the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) exam of the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America – An internationally recognised qualification.

What is the difference between Exercise Science and Biokinetics?

The qualified Biokineticist may register with the HPCSA and rehabilitates injuries and chronic diseases in the acute, supervised, specialised phase. The Exercise Scientist is a strength and conditioning specialist, and would follow on the work of the Biokineticist, getting the athlete specifically ready for the sport mode season. The Exercise Scientist would also plan the athlete’s annual training programme components, content, and timing, and track and monitor the on-field performance and off-field test performance for updating of training programmes.

The Biokinetist is involved in the clinical aspect of a patient/athlete. The Exercise Scientist should collaborate with the Biokineticist to use the information for effective and safe implementation of the teams’/ athletes’ competitive physical conditioning programme.

  • Sport, High-Performance institutions
  • Sports teams at the school, club, provincial and national level for design and implementation of strength and conditioning programmes

The curriculum aims to equip graduates with all the requirements and skills needed to deliver an optimal, standardised strength and conditioning service in individual athletes and team settings.

Blended learning. Students will have 3, 1 week on-site training blocks spaced throughout the year for practical training. All other teaching will be done on-line using Moodle as the e-learning platform.

The modules include:

  • Concepts and applications of the exercise sciences
  • Strength and conditioning Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning programme design
  • Periodisation Training for Sports
  • Athlete testing, evaluation and monitoring
  • Research methodology and Report in the area of strength and conditioning
  • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, human movement science or equivalent
  • The Wits BHSc degree(Biokinetics track) fulfills the undergraduate course content requirements
  • Successful completion of undergraduate (exercise) physiology courses. Human anatomy courses would be an added advantage
  • Average undergraduate marks of at least 60% in relevant subjects
  • Faculty of Health Sciences admission criteria apply for admission

Note: Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the programme does not guarantee students a place in this programme.

  • Applications must be accompanied by a CV, academic transcripts, letter of motivation and two letters of recommendation
  • Applications are made to the University, not the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
  • Interviews may be called for

Faculty Closing Dates

Programme Code Programme Title Plan Description SA Cutoff Date International Cutoff Date
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Physiology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Anatomical Sciences 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Human Biology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Medical Cell Biology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Neuroscience 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Child Health Community Paediatrics 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Emergency Medicine 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Bioethics and Health Law 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Governance 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Critical Care 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Informatics & Translational Medicine) 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Family Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Health Sciences Education 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Internal Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Nuclear Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Obstetrics & Gynaecology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Orthopaedic Surgery 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Paediatrics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Psychiatry 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Surgery 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Wits Reproduction and HIV Institute 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Bioethics & Health Law 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Forensic Sciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA01 Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Honours Emergency Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Community Dentistry 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Material Science 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Microbiology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Genetic Counselling 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Genomic Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Vaccinology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Anatomical Pathology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Chemical Pathology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Forensic Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Haematology and Molecular Medicine 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Human Genetics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Vaccinology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Virology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Anatomical Pathology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Chemical Pathology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Human Genetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Immunology 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Molecular Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physiology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Physiology 30/09/2022 20/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Exposure Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Biostatistics 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Epidemiology and Biostatics 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Field Epidemiology 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Implementation Science 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Infectious Disease Epidemiology 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MCA16 Master of Science in Epidemiology Public Health Informatics 31/07/2022 31/07/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Public Health 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Public Health 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Biokinetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Child Life and Paediatric Psychosocial Care 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Clinical Pharmacy 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Pharmaceutical Affairs 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Sports Medicine 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MCA08 Master of Science in Medicine Sports Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Biokinetics 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Nursing 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Occupational Therapy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Pharmacology 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Pharmacy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Physiotherapy 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MDA00 Doctor of Philosophy Therapeutic Sciences 28/02/2023 28/02/2023
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Biokinetics 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Exercise Science 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Pharmacology - Biosciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
MHA00 Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Pharmacology - Health Sciences 30/09/2022 30/09/2022
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