Murdoch’s sports science programs among best in the world

September 20, 2017

Sports science: Murdoch ranked among best in the world

Murdoch University’s sports science programs have been ranked among the best in the world, according to the latest Shanghai Ranking.

The University’s School of Psychology and Exercise Science ranked in the 51-100 bracket in the prestigious global list, up from the 101-150 bracket in 2016.

Deputy Dean of Exercise Science Dr Sean Müller said the accolade reflected Murdoch’s commitment to be a leader in academic and research excellence.

“The ranking is a tribute to the quality of Murdoch’s teaching and research and determination to produce high impact research,” he said.

“The university’s high-quality health and human performance research spans both sports science and life-changing research into chronic diseases.”

Dr Müller said new world-class facilities were helping to attract excellent junior researchers to join the internationally-renown Murdoch academics.

Dr Müller said Murdoch had also set up a unique program of internships (an initiative of Dr Jeremiah Peiffer) to nurture the next generation of researchers.

“High achieving students are placed into research teams and given the opportunity to conduct research that interests them, helping them to become research-active and consumers of research during their undergraduate study.”

Murdoch courses have a strong scientific and theoretical basis combined with excellent hands-on experience which is vital in preparing students for their chosen career.

Partnerships with leading organisations such as the WACA, various WAFL teams, WAIS, WA Police Academy, various privately owned businesses and community owned recreation and leisure centres also provide students with work-integrated learning that ensures they are ready to succeed in the workforce.

The Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments assesses key areas, including the number of times research work is cited by others globally, and the total number of papers published, with a score awarded for the number published in the top 25 per cent of journals in the world.

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