Biomechanics and Ergonomics

Degree Options

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Career Opportunities
  • Ergonomic Furniture Design Engineer
  • Ergonomic Project Assessment Leader
  • Ergonomic Industry Consultant
  • Academia
  • Biomedical Equipment Technical Support
  • Government/Academic Liaison for Academic Partnerships

Program Highlights


Biomechanics is the integration of anatomical and mechanical aspects of human motion and in-depth study in functional anatomy and the mechanics of human movement. Students receive in-depth study in functional anatomy and the mechanics of human movement. 

Research Focus

The current research interests of the faculty in the program include studies in the physical properties of the trunk, modeling of spinal-pelvis complex, muscular strength balance, human morphometrics, and human body mechanics; ergonomics of manual materials handling development of computerized biomechanical models for industry and mechanical loading on the back during lifting tasks; analyses of human locomotion, the pathological gait of stroke patients and cerebral palsy children, and electromyographical and computer modelling of human motion; and research and development of an advanced personal load carriage system



Eligible students are required to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program; the CGSM Master's Tri-Council Funding (CIHR/NSERC) or Tri-Council Doctoral Funding;  and other external agencies that fund graduate students.


Thesis Topics

Thesis topics have involved the biomechanics of sport skills, the use of electromyography and cinematography to study athletes with various levels of mobility, gait, programs of posture, the biomechanics of lifting, and forces and torques at the knee. Opportunity is provided for students to select a topic of study for approval from a variety of areas in biomechanics.

Thesis Topics - Where Are They Now

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Possible Career Paths