Academic Ranking of World Universities

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

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

The Top 10 Sport Science Schools and Departments include:

2020 Rank Country Unit Name
1 Denmark
University of Copenhagen
Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Institute of Sports Medicine
2 Norway
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
3 Australia
Deakin University
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Department of Physical Activity and Health
4 Italy
Verona University
Faculty of Exercise and Sport Science
Sport, Mountains, and Health Research Center
5 United Kingdom
Loughborough University
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
6 Australia
The University of Queensland
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
7 Denmark
University of Southern Denmark
Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
8 Netherlands
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
9 Finland
University of Jyvaskyla
Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
9 Australia
Victoria University
College of Sport and Exercise Science
Institute for Health and Sport (IHES)

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 with multi-disciplinary universities in a certain subject. Top 300 universities are listed based on the measurement of publication, citation, citations per publication, top 25% journals publications, and internationally collaborated publications. The bibliometric data is collected from Web of Science database with a time window of five years.

Among top 300 in 2020 list, 15 units are sport universities and 285 are universities with sport-related units. 42 universities have more than 1 sport-related institutions or units.

For full result 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.