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The Best Universities in Sport Sciences in 2017

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has publishing the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009. Below are the top university Sport Science Schools and Departments for 2017. A total of 367 world-wide universities were compared.

Ranking Method

The universities are ranked by three main indicators of academic or research performance: Research Output (papers indexed in Web of Science, total citations), Research Quality (citations per paper, papers published in top 25% journals) and International Collaboration (percentage of internationally collaborated papers of an institution).

Top 20 Sport Science Institutions

The top ranked university sport science course was Deakin University's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, located in Victoria Australia. Second was the UK's Loughborough University, which was the top ranked of the Best Universities in Sport Sciences in 2015.

rank university total score
1 Deakin University: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 100.0
2 Loughborough University: School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences 89.9
3 Norwegian School of Sport Sciences: Norwegian School of Sport Sciences 89.1
4 University of South Carolina - Columbia: Department of Exercise Science, Department of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training 88.5
5 The University of Queensland: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences 78.5
6 University of Southern Denmark: Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics 73.5
7 KU Leuven: Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences 70.2
8 German Sport University Cologne: German Sport University Cologne 69.8
9 Liverpool John Moores University: School of Sport and Exercise Sciences 67.3
10 Ghent University: Department of Movement and Sport Science 67.0
11 University of Birmingham: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences 65.6
12 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: Department of Human Movement Sciences 65.2
13 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Department of Recreation,Sport and Toursim 63.8
13 Verona University: Faculty of Exercise and Sport Science, Sport,Mountains,and Health Research Center 63.8
15 Maastricht University: Department of Human Movement Science 63.3
16 York University: School of Kinesiology and Health Science 62.0
17 University of British Columbia: Allan Mcgavin Sports Medical Center, School of Health and Exercise Science, School of Kinesiology 59.7
18 University of Copenhagen: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Institute of Sports Medicine 57.9
19 Edith Cowan University: School of Exercise and Health Sciences 56.9
20 The University of Western Australia: School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health 56.8

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