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ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2023

December 15, 2023
From: Shanghai, People's Republic of China

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments is announced today. Deakin University in Australia is ranked No.1 in the world, followed by University of Copenhagen in Denmark and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Norway.

The Top 10 Sport Science Schools and Departments include:

2023 Rank University Name Unit Name Country
1 Deakin University School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences/Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Australia
2 University of Copenhagen Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports/Institute of Sports Medicine Denmark
3 Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Norway
4 Verona University Sport, Mountains and Health Research Centre (Ce.Ri.S.M.)/Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences Italy
5 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences Netherlands
6 University of Southern Denmark Department of Sport Sciences and Clinical Biomechanics Denmark
7 Victoria University College of Sport and Exercise Science/Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) Australia
8 Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science/Centre for Elite Sports Research (SenTIF) Norway
9 Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences United Kingdom
10 Curtin University School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science Australia

In 2016, ShanghaiRanking published this ranking for the first time, adopting a unique methodology highlighting the performance of more than 300 universities with sport-related units. This ranking allows sport-related institutions and units to compare with similar peers other than multi-disciplinary universities in a specific subject. The top 300 universities are listed based on the measurement of publication, citation, citations per publication, top 25% journal publications, and internationally collaborated publications. The bibliometric data is collected from the Web of Science database with a time window of five years.

Among the top 300 in the 2023 list, 13 universities are sports universities.

For the full list of the ranking, please visit

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization, dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.