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ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking 2022


We are delighted to announce that UCD SPHPSS Institute for Sport & Health has again been ranked #1 in Ireland in the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. We are now #25 in the world, an increase from #34 in 2021. These rankings reflect the School’s commitments to continually improving and enhancing our world-class sports science education and facilities for our students and producing internationally recognised research in the sports science area.

Professor Colin Boreham, Director of the UCD SPHPSS Institute for Sport & Health said:

“We are delighted that for the fourth year running, UCD Sports Science has been placed in the world top 50 by ShanghaiRanking, achieving our best result so far of 25th in 2022. This is a tribute to all the hard work from colleagues across disciplines who come together to solve research questions in fields spanning exercise and health across the lifespan, sports injury prevention, advanced sensor technology, sports management and performance sport. This new ranking cements UCD’s place in the global hierarchy of Sports Science providers and gives us a consistent platform to deliver world class research into the future.”

ShanghaiRanking first published the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments in 2016. This ranking adopts a unique methodology highlighting the performance of more than 300 universities with sport-related units, allowing 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 the Web of Science database with a time window of five years. Among the top 300 in the 2022 list, 15 units are sport universities and 285 are universities with sports-related units. 42 universities have more than 1 sport-related institution or unit.

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

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