Welcome to the Nelson Mandela University Human Movement Science Department

With academic programmes presented on the Summerstrand South campus, our department strive to be a centre of excellence that offers opportunities for a diverse range of innovative educational experiences to advance quality of life through human movement.

Mission Statement 

We are a department that is creating, facilitating and applying contemporary knowledge. We do this to develop accountable, competent and critical thinking individuals who will make a meaningful and positive contribution for the betterment of society.

Overview of the fields of study

Human Movement Science (HMS) is the study of movement, exercise and sport from a biological, psychological, social and managerial perspective. It is a field of study in which you will find yourself involved intellectually, physically and socially.

The core body of knowledge of HMS includes subjects such as anatomy, exercise physiology, sport psychology, motor control, sport management and biomechanics. Specialization opportunities are also offered in application areas such as exercise and fitness instruction, sports coaching and recreation.

Our Commitment

We are collectively & individually committed to provide a unique learning experience of the highest quality through:

  • Teaching
  • Research and
  • Community Engagement

in the fields of Human Movement Science


Three degree programmes and one diploma programme are on offer. These are BHMS, BSc (HMS & Biochemistry), BHSc in Biokinetics. In each of these programmes, students complete compulsary core and fundamental HMS modules, as well as a choice of elective sport modules. BHMS students are required to select additional modules from any other discipline. All three degree programmes can lead to post-graduate studies in Human Movement Science (BHMS Honours, Masters and Doctorate).

The Diploma in Sport Management is tailored to prepare students for the many career paths that have emerged in the business of sport. A fixed curriculum with subjcts such as sport management, sport science for sport managers, marketing and public relations ensures that students are well-equiped for positions within the sport industry. A unique feature is that students are required to undertake six months experiential learning at an approved sport-related workstation in their third year.