Loughborough has been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects for the eighth 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 is world-renowned for its sporting ecosystem, and the teaching and research of sports disciplines is at the very core of this. Our work in this field is recognised and valued by the international academic community, and it is great to see that the talent of our world-leading academic colleagues has been acknowledged yet again by QS.

Professor Jo Maher Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sport, Loughborough University

Why we’re number one

100/100 score for Academic Reputation

from a survey of 100,000 academics worldwide*

100/100 score for Employer Reputation

from a survey of 50,000 graduate employers worldwide*

86/100 score for H-Index Citations

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

87.3/100 score 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

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

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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