Loughborough has been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects for the sixth 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.

Teaching and research of sports disciplines is part of our DNA. To have this continually recognised in a global ranking, which is based on peer reviews and research output, is a great honour and underlines the talent of our internationally-leading academic community.

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

83.5% rating for H-index Citations

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

94.9% 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

Our students, graduates and hosted athletes, won 35 medals at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

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