Department of Biokinetics and Sports Sciences


The Department was officially opened in 1988 in the Faculty of Education with the late Prof. Marius Coetsee acting as the first Head of Department. The initial focus was on teacher education. In the early 90’s, an honours degree in Biokinetics was introduced. The honours degree in Biokinetics offered by the department is among the best in the country and has attracted a number of students from all over South Africa. In 1999, the department moved to the Faculty of Science and Agriculture. The change to the Faculty of Science and Agriculture enabled the department to offer career focused qualifications establishing strong links with other health sciences fields in the faculty. In 2009, the department introduced a new qualification, a diploma in exercise and technology to help fulfil the mandate given to the university by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to become a comprehensive institution offering 70% degrees and 30% technikon type qualifications. In 2010, the name of Human Movement Science was changed to Biokinetics and Sport Science to re-align the thinking along other similar departments in tertiary institutions in South Africa.



The Department of Biokinetics and Sport Science envisions becoming an academic department of choice in field of sport sciences in the delivery of education, training, service and research that is appropriate to the needs of the community at large.



The Department of Biokinetics and Sport Sciences aims to produce graduates equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills to adequately contribute to the sporting fraternity of the community at large.


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