Best universities for medicine 2017

Find the best universities for medicine using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data
September 28 2016

The study of medicine varies greatly around the world. In the United States medicine is studied in graduate school after an undergraduate degree that is not directly related to the graduate programme.

Elsewhere, as in the United Kingdom, students can enrol on clinical undergraduate degrees and continue on the course for the duration of their studies.

Wherever you study, almost all clinical degrees span a good number of years – more than non-clinical courses.

So it’s best to ensure that you make a wise choice when you commit yourself to an institution for such a period of time.


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Times Higher Education publishes a ranking of the top 100 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health studies, featuring colleges in more than 20 countries worldwide.

The ranking uses the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but with more weight on citations and slightly less on teaching and research metrics.

Scroll down for a full list of degrees included in the clinical ranking of top schools.


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Top five universities for clinical studies and health sciences

1. University of Oxford

Medicine at Oxford is a traditional course, split into pre-clinical and clinical stages.

In the first few years, students are taught theoretically with little patient contact, and in later years they move to the clinical phase, spending much more time at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Around 150 students are admitted on to the course each year, and another 30 on to a graduate course that condenses medical studies into just four years.

The university has two main libraries for medicine and clinical studies, one providing resources for the pre-clinical elements of the course and another focusing on healthcare.

Entry to the medical course is extremely competitive. In 2015 only a third of all applicants were interviewed, and 11 per cent secured places.

In addition to its distinctive course, Oxford offers students the experience of college life, where social events and small tutorials take place.

2. Harvard University

The graduate medical school of Harvard University has three missions: to educate, research and provide clinical care.

It is the third-oldest medical school in the country, founded in 1782.

Faculty of the school also teach in other science departments at Harvard, and work in clinical departments at some of the hospitals affiliated to the university.

There are four main teaching hospitals, all around the Boston area.

Recently, Harvard introduced problem-based learning to the curriculum. There is also a specialised programme, accepting only 30 applicants each year, which focuses on biomedical research.

Medical students at Harvard belong to one of five societies, named after alumni. Students work in small groups within the society, compete in sports competitions and attend social events.

3. University of Cambridge

As at Oxford, students can enrol in an undergraduate medicine degree.

Graduates also have several options to study medicine, either on an accelerated graduate programme or a condensed version of the pre-clinical and clinical courses.

There are six applicants per place on the medical courses, and about 260 are accepted overall.

Half the graduates of Cambridge’s medical degrees become general practitioners, and almost all will work in the National Health Service in the UK.

Entrance to the medicine degree requires excellent secondary qualifications and high scores on the BMAT test.

Cambridge students, particularly medical students, have a busy schedule, juggling studies, social events in college and a variety of recreational activities.

4. Imperial College London

The medical programme at Imperial offers a range of teaching methods, from traditional theoretical classes to innovative and hands-on experience.

From the very first term students have direct contact with patients, unlike at other more traditional universities in the UK.

The six-year undergraduate qualification in medicine also includes a bachelor of science, in addition to the MBBS.

Like both Oxford and Cambridge, Imperial’s courses are heavily scientific, with an emphasis not only on clinical practice but also on research techniques.

Entry requirements are high; most accepted students will have top grades in chemistry, biology and a third subject, and achieve a high score on the BMAT exam. The application process also includes an interview.

Imperial is one of the most international institutions in the UK, but only a few overseas students are accepted on to the medical programme each year.

5. University of California, Berkeley

At Berkeley, the medical programme is a joint programme with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

The two public universities collaborate to offer a course that combines theoretical knowledge with student-led research.

The graduate programme takes five years to complete. The pre-clerkship (pre-clinical) phase is at Berkeley, and classes use problem-based learning to teach the medical curriculum.

In addition to a medical degree, students will earn a master’s in public health before completing their medical education at UCSF.

Acceptance to the course is extremely competitive, and many applicants take at least a few years off between undergraduate studies and starting the programme.

The programme is particularly suitable for students who are interested in policy-related topics within health education, and who also want clinical experience.


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Best universities for medicine 2016-2017

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Rank 2016-2017

University

Country

1

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

2

Harvard University

United States

3

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

4

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

5

University of California, Berkeley

United States

6

University College London

United Kingdom

7

Stanford University

United States

8

Johns Hopkins University

United States

9

Columbia University

United States

10

Karolinska Institute

Sweden

11

Duke University

United States

12

University of California, Los Angeles

United States

13

University of Melbourne

Australia

14

University of Toronto

Canada

15

University of Pennsylvania

United States

16

King’s College London

United Kingdom

=17

Cornell University

United States

=17

Yale University

United States

19

University of Washington

United States

20

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

21

University of Michigan

United States

22

Washington University in St Louis

United States

23

McGill University

Canada

24

University of Chicago

United States

25

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

26

Boston University

United States

27

McMaster University

Canada

28

Heidelberg University

Germany

=29

University of California, San Diego

United States

=29

Northwestern University

United States

31

National University of Singapore

Singapore

=32

LMU Munich

Germany

=32

University of British Columbia

Canada

34

The University of Tokyo

Japan

35

University of Sydney

Australia

36

University of Pittsburgh

United States

37

KU Leuven

Belgium

38

New York University

United States

39

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

40

Emory University

United States

41

Monash University

Australia

42

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

43

University of Queensland

Australia

44

Vanderbilt University

United States

45

Case Western Reserve University

United States

46

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

47

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

48

University of Minnesota

United States

49

Uppsala University

Sweden

50

University of Southern California

United States

51

University of Montreal

Canada

=52

Utrecht University

Netherlands

=52

Seoul National University

South Korea

54

Leiden University

Netherlands

55

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

56

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Germany

57

Tufts University

United States

58

Tsinghua University

China

=59

Maastricht University

Netherlands

=59

University of Liverpool

United Kingdom

61

University of Cape Town

South Africa

62

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

63

Kyoto University

Japan

64

Dartmouth College

United States

65

Queen Mary University of London

United Kingdom

=66

University of Zurich

Switzerland

=66

University of Basel

Switzerland

=66

Lund University

Sweden

69

University of Bristol

United Kingdom

70

University of California, Davis

United States

71

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

72

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

South Korea

73

University of Alberta

Canada

74

University of Auckland

New Zealand

75

Peking University

China

76

University of Tübingen

Germany

77

University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa

=78

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

=78

University of Calgary

Canada

80

University of Dundee

United Kingdom

81

University of New South Wales

Australia

82

University of Bern

Switzerland

83

University of Barcelona

Spain

84

Ohio State University

United States

85

University of Virginia

United States

=86

Australian National University

Australia

=86

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Spain

=86

The University of Western Australia

Australia

89

University of Florida

United States

=90

University of Miami

United States

=90

University of Helsinki

Finland

92

University of Groningen

Netherlands

93

Fudan University

China

94

Aarhus University

Denmark

95

University of Oslo

Norway

96

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

=97

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

=97

University of Otago

New Zealand

=99

Western University

Canada

=99

Paris-Sud University

France

Clinical, pre-clinical and health degrees:

  • Allergy
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiovascular system and cardiology
  • Dentistry and oral surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology and metabolism
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Geriatrics and gerontology
  • Healthcare sciences and services
  • Haematology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Legal medicine
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical informatics
  • Medical laboratory technology
  • Medicine, general and internal
  • Neurosciences and neurology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology and pharmacy
  • Psychiatry
  • Public, environmental and occupational health
  • Radiology, nuclear medicine and medical imaging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory system
  • Rheumatology
  • Surgery
  • Toxicology
  • Transplantation
  • Tropical medicine

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