Top 10 medical universities in the world

Updated February 21, 2017

The world's top medical universities are vibrant centres of research and medical training. Many of the world's most talented doctors and physicians graduate from these schools, which are extremely competitive to get into. U.S. News & World Report releases an annual list ranking the top medical schools according to a variety of factors, including research contributions and peer evaluation.

Harvard University

As America's oldest institution of higher learning, Harvard is one the world's premier universities and its medical school ranks among the very best. Harvard's laboratory and research facilities are world-class and many important medical discoveries have been made on its campus. Harvard offers both MD and PhD medical degrees.

Harvard University 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-5758

University of Cambridge

England's second oldest university is widely considered one of the best in Europe, and its School of Clinical Medicine is world renowned. Cambridge attracts top premedical students from Europe and beyond with its outstanding record of excellence in this field. It accepts just over 300 applicants to its School of Clinical Medicine each year.

University of Cambridge City Centre, Cambridge CB2 3RS United Kingdom 011 44 223 333 999

University of Oxford

Cambridge's older rival ranks number three in the field of life sciences and biomedicine according to the annual U.S. News & World Report's list. With a tradition of excellence reaching as far back as 1096, Oxford remains one of the leading academic institutions in the world today.

University of Oxford Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD United Kingdom 011 44 865 270 000

Stanford University

Founded in 1865, Stanford has long since been associated with academic excellence, and its medical school is one of the most competitive and respected in the world. Stanford's school of medicine is the oldest continuously running med school in the western U.S.

Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 650-723-2300

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley is the world's highest ranking public university and consistently makes outstanding contributions in the field of medicine. Located just outside San Francisco, Berkeley is known for its diverse student population that represents students from every state and more than 100 countries around the world. Berkely offers a joint medical degree program with the University of San Francisco.

University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-6000

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins consistently churns out some of the most talented doctors in the world, many of whom go on to work at the esteemed Johns Hopkins Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report lists as the best in the country. Countless advancements in the field of medicine have taken place at Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University 733 North Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205 410-955-5000

University of Tokyo

The only Asian university to make the top 10 medical universities list, the University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical Science is the leading medical school in Japan. The school boasts excellent facilities, including laboratories dedicated to infectious diseases, cellular therapy and oncology.

University of Tokyo 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 Japan 11 81 03-3812-2111

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is often associated with the fields of technology and engineering, but its biomedicine and life science departments are also top notch. MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology is the school's longest continually running collaboration with Harvard.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge MA 02139 617-253-2201

Yale University

Established in 1810, Yale's medical school is one of the oldest and most important in the U.S. Yale boasts both a standard medical school and a school of public health, the oldest of its kind in the country.

Yale University 38 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT 06511 203-432-9300

McGill University

Canada's McGill University is the nation's best medical university and a world leader in medical research. In addition to standard medical training, the medical faculty also includes three schools: the School of Communications Sciences and Disorders, the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the School of Nursing.

McGill University 845 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T5 Canada 514-398-6368

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