Neuromotor Science PhD

Research human movement and deepen your knowledge of body dynamics and neural functions in the Neuromotor Science PhD in the College of Public Health at Temple University. Graduates of the program pursue careers as independent research scientists or teachers and professors, or accept positions in the medical technology industry, or as research consultants and analysts, and entrepreneurs in universities, research institutions, hospitals, clinics, industry, government R&D.

Neuromotor science focuses on how humans learn, perceive and control movement. Achieve fluency across the disciplines of neuroscience, kinesiology, engineering, and rehabilitation in this program. You’ll learn to assess and evaluate neuromotor function and its impact on disability, functioning and health.

Create your own instructional materials and research neuromotor science at advanced levels; write a dissertation to encapsulate your research. Prepare to develop interventions and make a positive impact on human movement in your career and research, specifically improving posture, locomotor, and manual function across the lifespan.

This degree draws courses from disciplines like engineering, kinesiology, neuroscience and psychology to create a highly interdisciplinary learning experience. Tailor your coursework through electives with the guidance of your faculty advisor and the program director. You also may serve as a teaching assistant for at least one term if you take the Teaching in Higher Education seminar as one of your electives.

Being embedded within the College of Public Health allows students in the program to collaborate closely with each other and learn from fellow classmates in different disciplines.

Culminating Work

To finish your degree, you’ll

  • compose a publishable paper reporting original research in neuromotor science;
  • take written and oral preliminary exams to test your knowledge and research skills; and
  • write and defend a dissertation that contributes substantially to the current body of neuromotor science research and literature.

Degree Completion

You’ll take classes full time on the Main Campus, located in North Philadelphia. The PhD consists of 45 credits and includes a dissertation. See the full Neuromotor Science curriculum.

Graduates of the master’s program can earn a maximum of 30 advanced standing credits towards their doctoral degree. If you’ve already earned a master’s degree in Neuromotor Science, your PhD will only take two to three years to complete. If you do not have a master’s, you may complete your doctorate in four to seven years.

Neuromotor science graduate class


The Department of Health Policy funds PhD candidates. Additionally, graduate assistantships sponsored by the College of Public Health include

Research Assistants (RAs) perform supervised research activities. Research assistantships are frequently supported by faculty grant funding, and it is anticipated that RAs will work with faculty members on grant proposals and develop both research and grant-writing competencies.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) may be assigned to assist in teaching courses, including grading exams and papers or teaching lab sections. TAs learn current pedagogies that prepare them for academic teaching careers.

Our Advisors

The College of Public Health offers personalized advising services to students in each department. Neuromotor Science PhD students can seek support from

W. Geoffrey Wright 
Neuromotor Science Graduate Program Director
Phone: 215-204-9008


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