School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

About us

Ranked 1st for sport-related academia

Loughborough has been named the best sporting university in the world in the global QS higher education league table. 2017 marks the first time the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject have included a list of the world’s best places to study sports-related subjects and Loughborough has topped the table, ranking joint-first with the University of Sydney, Australia.

The new sport ranking is based on surveying academic staff that declare a speciality in the subject, and employers who seek to employ graduates that specialize in the discipline. It is also based on research output and impact, with both citations and paper output measured over a five-year period.

Loughborough's first place ranking further cements the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences' reputation as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health through the natural and social sciences.

The School's wide-ranging expertise encompasses such diverse areas as medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and sport management.

Combining excellence in teaching with ongoing investment in buildings, laboratories, facilities and equipment, the School provides its students with a truly stimulating multidisciplinary learning environment, while its research continues to have far-reaching impact and reflects the global interests of academic staff and their extensive international collaboration.

Study with us

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is a great place to study, boasting access to first-class facilities, the wide-ranging expertise of our teaching staff, and a lively community of around 1500 students and 140 academic, research and support staff.

Students within the School have access to the very best facilities - including bespoke training and testing equipment, the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers, and laboratory space within the recently refurbished Clyde Williams building.

Offering a range of options for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the student experience within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is enhanced by internationally renowned academics, guest speakers, exciting placement opportunities and career prospects - plus all that Loughborough University has to offer.

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Research that matters

Our research is multidisciplinary, drawing on the full spectrum of natural and social sciences, and is focused on issues of contemporary concern at international, national and local levels.

We engage in strong partnerships with leading schools, institutes and universities across the world in the research fields of sport, exercise, education, health and well-being.

The broad scope of this research has led to developments in the treatment of eating disorders; improved understanding of the effects of sedentary lifestyles and the benefits of physical activity; academic support to enhance sport coaching; advice to international sport organisations and governments on policies and procedures; guidance and support for elite athletes (both able-bodied and disabled) to achieve their full potential; and the use of exercise in treating health conditions.

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A track record in innovation

With our proven ability to translate research into practice, we are ideally placed to develop successful links with industry partners and to create social, cultural and economic impact through knowledge exchange.

The School's research, in collaboration with prominent scientists in Europe, America and Canada, has led, among other projects, to the launch of an iPad software application that provides coaches and coach educators with real-time or post-event analysis of coaching behaviour to develop optimum performance environments.

The enterprise culture within the School and across the University has supported many of our graduates to start their own businesses.

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A unique sporting university

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is just one part of Loughborough University's long sporting heritage that continues to provide unrivalled sporting opportunities for students.

The University has twice been named University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, first in the inaugural year of the title and again in 2017, winning in honour of its unparalleled role in the triumph of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams in Rio. University-linked athletes brought back 42 medals from Rio, and if Loughborough had been a country at the Games it would have ranked in the world top 20.

The campus has the country's largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports, including an indoor athletics centre, outdoor stadium and 50m swimming pool. National and regional centres for many sports are located on campus, including national performance centres for athletics and cricket. The headquarters of many sports governing bodies are based at SportPark, a state-of-the-art £15m development on campus.

The University was proud to serve as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (East Midlands) is now based on campus as part of an Olympic legacy project to deliver education, research and clinical services. The centre aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practices that will benefit the health and well-being of the nation - from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

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At a glance

  • Best in the world 

    Ranked 1st in the list of the best universities to study sport-related subjects published by the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Best in Europe 

    Ranked 1st in Europe in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ratings of Sport Science Schools and Departments. 

  • The UK's No 1 University for Sport 

    Sports University of the Year - in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

  • 1st for Research 

    Highly rated for the overall quality of our research, based on research outputs, impact and research environment (based on GPA x Volume) in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

  • Highly ranked in national university league tables 

    Ranked 5th for 'Sport Science' in The Complete University Guide 2017.

  • An excellent student experience 

    Top 10 in England for 'Overall Satisfaction' in the National Student Survey 2016.

  • Athena Swan Silver Award 

    The School holds the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to addressing gender inequalities in science and improving career progression for female academics.