Sport Sciences

Loughborough University has been ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects for eight years running (QS World Rankings by Subject 2024).

1st in the world for the eighth time running for sport-related subjects QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2024
3rd in the UK for Sport Science (including Sports Technology) The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
1st in the UK for University Facilities Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024
100% of research impact rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' REF 2021

Sport-related subjects at Loughborough

As a student in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, you will benefit from access to world-renowned teaching staff and first-class facilities, as well as having the opportunity to put theory into practice during a professional placement.

Highly rated in national university league tables, our sport-related courses are informed by our world leading research, ensuring your studies keep pace with the latest developments in the sport and exercise sector, and helping you prepare for employment or further study.

You will benefit from the School’s influence and standing within the sport and exercise industry with the opportunity to secure vocational experiences that will enhance your prospects for employability. Links with elite athlete development programs on campus and the University's own Coach and Volunteer Academy will also provide you with a unique opportunity to gain experience while you study.

Links with industry

All students have the opportunity to undertake a placement year or international study year during their degree, providing first-hand practical work experience that can help you to stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market.

Making use of Loughborough’s unparalleled links across the sports industry, our students have gained practical experience with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the English Institute of Sport, Leicester Tigers, Adidas, and the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, to name a few.


The Loughborough University campus offers one of the largest concentrations of world-class training facilities in the country, is home to national and regional centres for many sports and runs the most comprehensive sports development programme in the UK.

As a result, our students have access to bespoke training and testing equipment, the latest physiological, molecular, and environmental technologies, two climate chambers, and a range of dedicated laboratories. These facilities are used to develop the research which informs our teaching and to support students in developing the professional skills needed in careers across sport and exercise science.

Career opportunities

Our graduates progress into careers within scientific and medical research, coaching, education, industrial research and development, sport policy, sport psychology, sports agency, health promotion, commerce, finance, and management.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a diverse array of exciting and rewarding careers with a wide range of employers. Recent graduate destinations have included BSkyB, Aviva, Chelsea FC, Adidas, Youth Sport Trust, British Rowing, Deloitte, UK Sport, UK Anti-Doping, Brain Injury Trust, PwC, GlaxoSmithKline and England Hockey, as well as numerous schools and NHS Trusts.