Top 10 in the world for sports-related subjects

Liverpool John Moores has been named in the top 10 best universities in the world for Sports-Related subjects by the global QS higher education league table.

The QS ranking is based on surveying expert academics globally and employers who recruit graduates in the discipline. It also takes into account research output and impact, with both citations per paper and h-index citations measured over a five-year period.

LJMU has long been world-renowned in sport and exercise sciences and related disciplines and pioneered the world’s first BSc in Sport Science in 1975.

This QS ranking of 9th in the world in 2022 out of 132 universities for Sports Related Subjects – up from 15th in 2021 - reflects our increasingly respected international reputation and world-leading research work.

Top rankings, UK and International

LJMU boasts similar top positions in other sport science rankings in the UK - 1st for Research Quality in the Complete University Guide Sports Science Subject League Table 2022 - and internationally – 12th of 460 universities and their 515 sport-related units in the Shanghai Global Ranking.   

Welcoming LJMU’s break into the Top 10 of the rankings, Professor Bill Baltzopoulos, Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), said: “We attract students and academics from all over the world because of the quality and relevance of our work not only to sports science but to physical activity, health and education.

“Being at the top of the global rankings is testament to the ambition, dedication and application of our staff, students and our many academic collaborators and partners in the industries and the communities we serve”. 

Exercise and cancer

Some of our recent research highlights can be found on our website, including Recent breakthrough research focused on the role of exercise in the impact of chemotherapy for cancer patients.

The university also pioneers in sport coaching and disability sport and in November 2021 hosted The ‘Celebrating Sport and Physical Activity’ Conference, which featured Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE DL, one of Great Britain’s most successful para athletes and a LJMU Honorary Fellow.

The full QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 tables can be found here.


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