Study and research

Ranked as the world's number one University for sport-related academia by the QS Rankings, sport is synonymous with Loughborough University and everything it does.

2017 marked 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 topped the table.

Sports Technology is another area where Loughborough excels, working with global brands such as Adidas, Nike, Dunlop, Slazenger and Callway Golf to name just a few. From testing World Cup Footballs to helping perfect golf swings, the Sports Technology Institute really is a hub of innovation.

Other sports subjects in which the University excels in include Ergonomics, again working with global sports brands on thermoregulation and performance in extreme environments, and Sports Business, with Loughborough University London having its own specialist department.

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

The School is renowned as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health through the natural and social sciences.

Highly ranked in national league tables and No. 1 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the School’s wide-ranging expertise encompasses such diverse areas as medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and sport management.

The unrivalled breadth of our undergraduate courses, postgraduate programmes and research degrees attracts students from all over the world.

Over the years the School has built an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. With our globally renowned staff collaborating with other academic institutions, centres and industry partners around the world, the School has been recognised for both the quality of our research and our highly competitive undergraduate, postgraduate taught and doctoral programmes.

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Sports Technology Institute

Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute is a £15M facility housing the Sports Technology Research Group, whose mission is to have a positive global, social and economic impact on sport through excellent engineering research, teaching and enterprise.

The Institute is home to the Sports Technology Research Group, one of the world’s leading research groups of its kind and the largest in the UK. The Group has established an international reputation for its work with global brands including Adidas, Callaway Golf, Canterbury of New Zealand, Dunlop, Head, New Balance, Nike, Reebok, Slazenger, Spalding, Speedo and Umbro on the design, simulation, testing and manufacture of sporting goods.

Around 50 academics, research associates, technicians and PhD students carry out wide-ranging research including athletic footwear, technical apparel, protective equipment, balls, bats, clubs, rackets and fitness equipment. Our track record of design-led innovation and accelerating novel concepts from initial stages through to commercialisation is unparalleled.

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National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

The NCSEM has hubs in the East Midlands, London and Sheffield.

A newly built, dedicated space houses the East Midlands hub at Loughborough University. The building has been specifically designed to bring together the capabilities of the partner universities and NHS trusts to facilitate the translation of research into education, training and clinical services.

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Sport and Exercise Research Beacon

Loughborough University is internationally renowned for its research within sport and exercise contexts, collaborating with some of the world’s leading universities, major companies and prominent sporting bodies to conduct groundbreaking investigations.

Whether we are scrutinising critical factors or prominent issues ‘for sport, in sport, and through sport’ and exercise engagement, our aim is to conduct research that is rigorous, significant and influential.

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