Loughborough has been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects for the seventh year running by the global QS higher education league table. The QS ranking is based on our reputation in academia and industry, as well as our research impact.

Loughborough University is synonymous across the world with the teaching and research of sports disciplines. It is part of our DNA.

Our continued success is testament to the well-deserved reputation and impact of our work as recognised by the international academic community in this field. It is a great honour and underlines the talent of our world-leading academic colleagues.

Professor Nick Jennings Vice-Chancellor, Loughborough University

Why we’re number one

100% rating for Academic Reputation

from a survey of 100,000 academics worldwide

100% rating for Employer Reputation

from a survey of 50,000 graduate employers worldwide

79.4% rating for H-index Citations

highlighting the stability of impact and quality of the work we publish

92.7% rating for Citations per Paper

highlighting the impact and quality of our scientific work

University of the Year for Sport

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

100% of research impact within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Three students (two female, one male) sitting around a table discussing their work. Two laptops are open in front of them.

Employer reputation

Simon Bayliff, Founder and CEO of ARETÉ, is one of many employers to have benefited from hiring Loughborough graduates. He explains why he values Loughborough graduates so highly.

"I look for energy, enthusiasm, hunger, appetite, attitude, entrepreneurial drive and self-confidence in the graduates at ARETÉ. These are all critical to being a success in the sports industry.

"Loughborough graduates stand out because they offer both core and relevant educational competency; a competitiveness that’s essential in our industry; the exposure of playing sport at an exceptional level that engenders teamwork, commitment and sacrifice."

Research spotlights

Sport research, innovation and education at Loughborough

Sports related subjects: QS World University Rankings by Subject

QS World University Rankings

View the full QS World University Rankings by subject.

QS website