The QS ranking is based on surveying academic staff that declare a speciality in the subject area, and employers who seek to employ graduates that specialise in the discipline. It is also based on research output and impact, with both citations and paper output measured over a five-year period.
The University has taken the title ever since it was launched by QS in 2017, a testament to its outstanding regard among the world’s academic community.
Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences said: “To be crowned best in the world for sports-related subjects for five years running is a truly incredible achievement. It is again down the hard-work and talent of our internationally-leading academic community that we continue to be the very best in the world and I am immensely proud.”
Jack Moran, QS Spokesperson, added: “Once again, the QS World University Rankings by Subject indicates that Loughborough offers the world’s best educational program for those wishing to work in the sporting industry.
“With perfect scores among academics and employers alike, Loughborough’s education in Sports-related Subjects receives the seal of approval for both its academic standards and its graduate employees. We also find clear strengths in other areas, including outstanding offerings for Art & Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Communication & Media. After a challenging year for all in the sector, we congratulate all at Loughborough for their efforts to cultivate outstanding educational programs.”
Loughborough has also been ranked in the global top 50 for Library and Information Management (14th) and Art and Design (31st).
The full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 tables can be found here.