If you are planning on studying in a foreign medical school or considering a post-graduation, a good starting point is to have a look at the top medical universities around the world. This article provides a list of world’s top 10 universities, based on the academic reputation, citations and overall reviews of alumni, from a post-graduation perspective.

1. Harvard Medical School – Harvard University

Harvard Medical School

Harvard University enjoys strongest and the most eminent position in all fields, including medicine. Along with a great faculty and a well-rounded curriculum, Harvard Medical School also offers a financial aid program of $160 million. Harvard University boasts staggering 20,000 degree candidates and 360,000 alumni all over the world.

2. Medical Sciences Division – Oxford University

Oxford Medical Sciences Division
Oxford Medical Sciences Division

Oxford University is the jewel in the crown of British education, providing continuous educational excellence for more than nine centuries. Oxford is the hub of biomedical research and has over 18,000 students enrolled across various constituent colleges.

3. School of Clinical Medicine – Cambridge University

Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

Another British jewel, Cambridge attracts luminaries from all over the world to its elite programs. Cambridge University is the third oldest university in the world and one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom. The School of Clinical Medicine has a great academic reputation as a world-class research institute.

4. Stanford University School of Medicine – Stanford University

Stanford University School of Medicine

Known for its entrepreneurial spirit and diversity, Stanford School of Medicine is a pioneer research institute that has provided valuable contributions to clinical research, protocols and therapies. Stanford School of Medicine has reported the Highest Funding per Research Ratio as of 2013.

5. David Geffen School of Medicine – University of California, Los Angeles

David Geffen School of Medicine

Named after the media mogul behind Geffen Records & Geffen Film Company, UCLA is located near Hollywood and a stone’s throw away from Beverly Hills. With the world-renowned Ronald Reagan Medical Center, UCLA promises a bustling, entertaining and immersive experience.

6. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Established in 1893 and living up to its vision of “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine”, Hopkins Medicine (as it is popularly known) is world renowned. The famous fictional doctor Dr. Gregory House from the TV series House learnt medicine here.

7. Yale School of Medicine – Yale University

Yale School of Medicine

Yale is another favourite on the East coast. Member of the elite Ivy League, the university is one of the oldest institutions in the USA, with a rich history and alumni list. Yale is highly selective (admitting only 100 students) and counts several inventors and Nobel prize winners as its professors.

8. UCL Medical School – University College London

UCL Medical School

Established way back in the 1700s, UCL has one of the largest intakes amongst medical schools in the UK, with 330 students admitted in 2013. UCL has beautiful campus in the heart of London with several research institutes across the country.

9. UCSF Department of Medicine – University of California, San Francisco

UCSF Department of Medicine

Another attraction in California is the world renowned UCSF hospital and medical school. It offers top notch undergraduate, postgraduate, specialization and Ph.D programs, with its special AIDS research program being one of the best in the world.

10. Imperial College School of Medicine – Imperial College London

Imperial College School of Medicine

Formed through the merger of several historic medical schools and spread across several locations in London, this school is part of the highly respected Imperial College, known for its research. Imperial offers several postgraduate degrees, including the popular Masters in Public Health (MPH).


This list of the Top 10 medical universities is a great indicator for you to begin your search. Each year this list is revised, but the universities mentioned here tend to maintain their ranking in the top 10. If you think another university deserves to be in this list, please let us know in the comments.