Physical Education and Sports Science

Academic Group

  • Thank you for visiting us at Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group (AG).

    We are a vibrant department at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  We started as the College of PE in the year 1984, transited to School of PE in 1991, and established PESS in 2000. We have evolved over the years in response to the changing landscape in PE and sports to stay relevant. However, our commitment and dedication in delivering high quality training and education for pre-service and in-service teachers in Singapore remain unchanged. At PESS, we have developed a clear vision to be the leading teacher-training and research centre for PE and Sports Science in the region and beyond. Our mission is to develop trainee teachers in areas of competence and expertise in teaching PE as a major subject. We have a group of dedicated and committed faculty members, with diverse backgrounds and expertise to deliver quality academic programmes, and provide quality learning environment and experience for our students.

    Our pre-service programmes include the Bachelor of Science (Ed) in PE, Post Graduate Diploma in Education in PE, and Diploma in PE. We aim to equip our students with the necessary values, skills and knowledge to promote an active and healthy lifestyle through PE and sports. Currently, we have more than 200 students in the pre-service programmes. We also work closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to offer short courses tailored to meet the demands of practicing PE teachers for professional development. We also offer postgraduate programmes for PE teachers and sports practitioners to upgrade their professional knowledge. The Master of Science programme (Exercise and Sports Studies) is the only masters by coursework in Singapore providing training in this field.  In addition, the interest in research (MSc and PhD programmes) is also growing steadily over the years. Lastly, the Sport Science & Management (SSM) programme under the umbrella of NTU is also under our purview. The demand for this programme has been high. Currently, we have 296 students enrolled in this programme.

    As a research-intensive university, our faculty members have published in high quality journals, served on editorial boards of major journals in their respective fields, and also supervised undergraduate and graduate students. Most of their work has also informed practices in schools and the sports industry. PESS has a growing research programme with five priority research areas of pedagogy and coaching in PE and sports, exercise physiology, sports psychology, motor skills, and biomechanics. We are constantly looking for experts from the local and international fraternity to strengthen our AG so that we can provide quality education for our students.

    PESS has developed strategic and research collaborations with a number of local organisations (e.g. MOE, Sport Singapore, and various National Sports Associations) and overseas universities.  The applied nature of the curriculum focus ensures that our students are well equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the industry’s needs.

    We have received many visitors from different parts of the world to get acquainted with our achievements, and explore research collaborations. We are looking forward to receiving more visitors from overseas to establish long term partnerships. I look forward to welcoming you to visit us, to be our student or our collaborator so that we can innovate together for a better future!

    Physical Education and 
    Sports Science

    Associate Professor
    Koh Koon Teck

  • The Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) academic group of the National Institute of Education offers a variety of programmes in teacher education specialising in physical education. PESS aims to develop student teachers in areas of professional competence and expertise in teaching physical education as a major subject.

    The three initial teacher training programmes not only provide theoretical and practical courses in Physical Education, but also the knowledge and skills for student teachers to teach other academic school subjects.

    In addition, there are also graduate programmes and in-service courses offered to PE teachers & educators in related fields who would like to enhance their career and research.

  • Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) has a vibrant research culture involving all academic staff who actively pursue major research grants - a major interdisciplinary collaboration with the Ministry of Education has just been approved. There are currently 30 post-graduate students researching in physical education and sports science. Applied psychology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health and wellness, pedagogy and sports studies are well-established research fields and motor-control/development and coaching are emerging as strong contenders.

    NB. It is important that all applicants to programmes by research (Programme Leader: Ast/P Masato Kawabata) in physical education or sports science should first contact PESS directly to establish feasibility as well as an appropriate research supervisor before submitting their application to NIE. As our faculty is small and our discipline diverse, it is necessary to negotiate a common understanding and supervisor availability. Once nominated, a supervisor will guide a student towards submitting a thorough and well formulated proposal. This procedure should prevent a futile submission from suitably qualified applicants in the event that no supervisor is available for that discipline or no appropriate proposal has been prepared.  

    Current Higher Degree Students' Project Titles (as of March 2018)

    Programme Name Main Supervisor Co-Supervisor Title
    Master of Arts LEE SECK KWOON (LI XIGEN) Ast/P. Adrian Kee Prof. Rotgans Ingmar Jerome Development, testing and implementation of situational interest in a running game
    Master of Science CORLISS CHOO ZHI YI A/P. Chow Jia Yi N.A. Nonlinear pedagogy and its relevance for the new PE curriculum
    Master of Science GOH WAN XIU A/P. Chow Jia Yi N.A. Impact of anxiety on online visual control between elite and novice ten-pin bowlers
    Master of Science (Physical Education) CHUA WEI GUANG, ANDY A/P. Koh Koon Teck N.A. The use of information communication and technologies to promote self-check learning style in Physical Education classes
    Master of Science (Physical Education) TEO JIA HUI, CHERYL (ZHANG JIAHUI) Ast/P. Masato Kawabata A/P. Stephen Burns Development of measures of nutrition knowledge and attitudes in Singaporean athletes: Exploring the relationships of nutrition knowledge and attitudes with dietary behaviour
    Master of Science (Physical Education) WANG YONGTAI, RAYMOND Ast/P. Yang Yifan N.A. Cytokines and red blood cells responses following 3 bouts of non-consecutive or consecutive resistance exercise in young, recreationally active males
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) BAY PANG BOON (MA BANGWEN) Ast/P. Yang Yifan N.A. Effects of 12 Weeks of Resistance Training with Different Recovery Periods on Muscular Strength, Body Composition and Immune Responses
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) BERNADETTE BREE ASHLEY LIM YAN Ast/P. Masato Kawabata N.A. Effects of music on Junior College students’ middle-distance running in physical education
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) CHIA JINGYI, SHANNON (XIE JINGYI) A/P. Stephen Burns A/P. Chow Jia Yi Shannon - Influence of fatigue and acute caffeine supplementation in badminton men’s singles
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) CRYSTAL TANG JIEYI Ast/P. Adrian Kee Ast/P. Tan Yuh Chaur Leonard Motivation of skills acquisition in music: a self-determination approach
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) LEE CHANG YI MIRIAM A/P. Chow Jia Yi Dr. Tan Wee Keat Clara An investigation of nonlinear pedagogy and its application in Singapore schools
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) LIM SI HUI, REGINA A/P. Koh Koon Teck Dr. Chan Chee Yeen Melvin Promoting positive youth development and perceived task motivational climate in Singapore
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) LIM VEE LUN, CLEMENT (LIN WEILUN) Ast/P. Leng Ho Keat N.A. Factors influencing doctor's decision in prescribing prescription-only medicine
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) LOU SHUQI, SHERMAINE Prof. John Wang N.A. Examining coping strategies, and the effectiveness of a coping intervention on athletes
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) MENON JESUDAS EMANUEL A/P. Stephen Burns N.A. The effects of meal frequency and energy replacement on exercise induced reductions in postprandial triacylglycerol metabolism
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) MUHAMMAD RIDHUAN BIN JOHARI A/P. Swarup Mukherjee N.A. SILVER AGE FOOTBALL for ELDERLY (SAFETM). A recreational football-based intervention to promote musculoskeletal health, physical activity and exercise adherence in ageing Singaporeans- A randomised controlled study
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) NIN ZIJIE, DARREN A/P. Veni Kong N.A. Hamstring muscle structure and function and the antecedents of hamstring injury
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) PAN, JINGWEN A/P. Veni Kong N.A. The Biomechanics of Running – Influence of Footwear and Training
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) PEH YI CHING, SHAWN A/P. Chow Jia Yi N.A. The effects of task constraints on skill acquisition from a nonlinear pedagogical approach
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) SENG BEE GEK (SUN MEIYU) A/P. Koh Koon Teck N.A. Impact of sport on the character development of young children/adolescents in Singapore schools
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) TAN SHERN MENG (CHEN SHENGMING) A/P. Steven Tan N.A. Pre-service Physical Education teachers' experiences in observing and analysing movement skills: A descriptive study
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) TEO WEI YANG, DARREL (ZHANG WEIYANG, DARREL) Ast/P. Leng Ho Keat N.A. Female Football Fandom in Singapore: Implications on Social Media Marketing
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) TOU NIEN XIANG (DOU MIANXIANG) Ast/P. Tiago Barbosa A/P. Govindasamy Balasekaran Perceptual Cues in Regulation of Exercise Intensity
    Doctor of Philosophy (Physical Education) YONG TZE WOON (YANG SHIWEN) Prof. John Wang N.A. Effectiveness of social media intervention on physical activity behaviour: An integration of exercise identity and self-determination
    Doctor of Philosophy (Science) LOH BAN CHUAN A/P. Stephen Burns N.A. Effects of 3 different training strategies on insulin sensitivity in obese Adults
    Doctor of Philosophy (Science) MARK ANTHONY CHAN WEN KEIN Ast/P. Masato Kawabata N.A. Barriers and facilitators of home exercise adherence in patients with chronic low back pain


  • See our Human Bioenergetics Laboratory

    See our Motor Behaviour Laboratory

    See our Sports Biomechanics Laboratory

    See our Sports Facilities

    Human Anatomy Lab "A" and "B"


    Motivation in Educational Research Lab (MERL) 


    Visit our MERL website to find out more about our research projects and laboratory information.

    Biochemistry Lab


    • Medical fridge and freezer

    • YSI 2300 STAT PLUS & YSI 1500 lactate analysers

    • Accusport and Lactate Pro portable lactate analysers

    • Haemoglobin meter

    • Kodak analyser

    • Compound microscope

    • Magnetic stirrer

    • Adams nutator and centrifuge

    • Mini-photometer and Hawksley and Hettich micro-haematocrit measuring apparatus

    Exercise Physiology Lab


    • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry unit

    • Bod Pod body composition analyser

    • Orca and Quark b2 metabolic carts

    • Portable K4 b2 gas analysers

    • Cosmed spirometer

    • Motorised treadmill (Quinton and Cosmos)

    • Non-motorised treadmill (Médical Développement, Techmachine)

    • Vertisonic vertical jump apparatus

    • Hand-grip and back-lift dynamometers

    • Digital and manual blood pressure monitors

    • Polar heart rate monitors

    • Triaxial accelerometers

    • Harpenden skinfold callipers and associated specialised exercise and physical activity assessment software

    Motor Behaviour Lab


    Lab Tech: Ms. Judy Ong

    Visit our LINK to find out more about our research projects and laboratory equipment.

    Sports Biomechanics Lab

    Lab Tech: Ms. Judy Ong

    Visit our LINK to find out more about our research projects and laboratory equipment.

  • Introduction

    Passing the Physical Proficiency Test (PPT) is one of the pre-requisites for admission to teacher-education programs specializing in Physical Education offered by the National Institute of Education. The PPT comprises five components: Agility Run, Badminton, Gymnastics, Possession Game and Swimming. Candidates are required to pass all five components to pass the PPT. Details of each component are provided below.

    PPT component: Agility Run

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's agility using the Illinois Agility Run. To pass this component, candidates must complete the pre-determined course within the given timings:

    Males: Less than or equal to 18.1 seconds.

    : Less than or equal to 21.7 seconds.

    Click here for the Agility Run video.

    PPT component: Badminton

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's hand-eye coordination while using an implement (i.e., badminton racket). To pass this component, candidates must demonstrate the ability to maintain a rally (i.e., adjusting one's position on the court to receive the shuttle and hitting the shuttle over the net).

    Click here for the Badminton video.

    PPT component: Gymnastics

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to demonstrate coordination and posture while performing three compulsory tasks and one selection task. The three compulsory tasks are forward roll, backward roll and arabesque. For the selection task, candidates may perform either the cartwheel, handstand or headstand. To pass this component, candidates must perform each task as described:

    Forward roll: Start from a standing position, roll forward using the shape of a round-tuck, and finish with control in a standing position.

    Backward roll
    : Start from a standing position, roll backward using the shape of a round-tuck, and finish with control in a standing position.

    : Start from a standing position, extend the back leg with pointed foot as high as possible by tilting the torso slightly forward from the hip socket to allow the leg to lift higher (i.e., parallel with the floor), and extend arms out to the sides as well, parallel to the floor. Maintain balance for 1 second before coming out with control.

    : Start from a standing position, turn in lateral rotation, demonstrating a transfer of body weight from feet, onto hands by swinging one straightened leg up and off the floor, pushing off the floor with the other foot, and back to both feet to land with control.

    : Start from a standing position, balance on the hands in the inverted position for 1 second, and come out of the balance with control.

    : Start from a standing position, balance on the hands and head in the inverted position for 1 second, and come out of the balance with control.

    Click here for the Gymnastics video.

    PPT component: Possession Game

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to maintain and regain possession of the ball in a game similar to Netball. To pass this component, candidates must demonstrate the ability to adjust one's position on the court to receive or intercept the ball, and pass and receive the ball successfully.

    Click here for the Possession Game video.

    PPT component: Swimming

    The aim of this component is to assess the candidate's ability to swim. To pass this component, candidates must swim continuously for 25 meters using one of the following recognized swim-strokes: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly stroke and front crawl.

    Click here for the Swimming video.

    PPT fee

    The PPT fee is S$10.70 (inclusive of GST; non-refundable).
    Only credit cards are accepted (i.e., Visa or MasterCard) at the online fee payment platform.
    After completing the online application and fee payment, candidates must print the payment receipt for verification during PPT day.

    Day of PPT

    1.00pm - Verification of candidate's photo identification document(s) and payment receipt; late-comers will not be entertained
    1.20pm - PPT briefing for candidates
    1.30pm - Start of PPT
    4.30pm (estimated) - End of PPT

    Note to PPT candidates

    Do familiarize yourself with the PPT components before the test.
    Do be punctual; late-comers will not be entertained.
    Do bring along your photo identification documents (e.g., NRIC or passport) and payment receipt for verification.
    Do bring along your swimwear and goggles for the Swimming component.

    PPT results

    PPT results will be emailed to candidates no later than 2 weeks after the test. Ensure that your email address is entered correctly during the online application. Do email us if you do not receive your results after 2 weeks.

    For candidates who passed the PPT, the results are valid for 2 years from the day of the test.

    Request for review of PPT results will not be entertained.


    For any further enquiries, do email us.

    Details of upcoming PPT

    Date of PPT

    Venue of PPT

    Printing of receipt

    2 October 2018

    NIE, Block 5

    (Getting to NIE)

    View/print your receipt here.

    Updated on 05 July 2018.
  • The PESS WHS committee aims to promote good safety practices among our staff and students at all our sport facilities and laboratories.  We work closely with NIE Workplace Safety and Risk Management Committee to promote a high level of safety awareness among our staff and students.

    As workplace health and safety is everyone’s responsibility, all staff and students’ co-operation and commitment play a major role in the successful implementation of health and safety protocols.

    PESS Workplace Health and Safety Committee Organisation Chart

    PESS Sport Facilities Standard Operating Manual
    Risk Assessment for Sport Facilities
    Risk Assessment for Activities

    PESS Laboratory Standard Operating Manual

    Biomechanics Laboratory
    Human Bioenergetics Laboratory    
    Exercise Physiology Laboratory       
    Anatomy Laboratory       
    Computer Laboratory

     General Office Risk Assessment

    Incident Reporting Procedures and Forms
    PESS Emergency Standard Operating Procedures
    Other Useful Information

  • The PESS+Issues is a bi-annual newsletter that aims to inform staff and students about the happenings at the Physical Education & Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group.  It is devoted to updates on research, teaching, services as well as celebration of successes in PESS.  

    JANUARY 2018


    JULY 2018
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    Nanyang Technological University
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    Singapore 637616
    Tel: (65) 6790 3719
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