The rankings analyse specific data in 10 different subject areas to create global league tables for each.
For Social Sciences, the THE looked at teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income to rank the 400 best schools for social sciences across the world – with Loughborough coming 98th.
The School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences brings together a mix of disciplines that cover humanities, social and environmental sciences, which closely match the THE subject groupings.
Professor Nick Clifford, Dean of the School, said: “It is great to see the school’s subject areas recognised by the THE as being world leading. This reflects the great staff and student efforts across our disciplines, which contribute to the excellence of the University as a whole.”