The list of world’s ten top universities for medicine based on the QS World University Rankings 2011/ 2012 has been released, with Harvard Medical School taking the top spot, followed closely by Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine and University of Oxford.
1. Harvard University
Established in 1782, the Harvard Medical School is considered the best worldwide with its mission of “creating nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.” The school scores a perfect 100 per cent for its academic, employer and research reputation.
The Harvard Medical School is 17 points ahead of its closet rival
2. University of Cambridge
Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine is regarded as the world’s second best medical faculty. Back to 1962, James Watson and Francis Crick proudly won a Nobel Prize in Medicine for their co-discovery of the structure of DNA at Cambridge in 1953.
Up to half of UK Cambridge graduates work as general practitioners
3. University of Oxford
Scoring 77.7 points, Oxford University is ranked No. 3. A medicine degree at the university costs almost three times less than it would at Harvard
4. Stanford University
Stanford, the oldest continuously running medical school in the western United States, is ranked the fourth, scoring 68.7 out of 100. It is famous for its very expensive fees. Students have to pay £27,000 per annum.
In 1968, the school undertook the first adult human heart transplant in the US
5. Johns Hopkins University
Established in 1893, John Hopkins School of Medicine has become the model on which all other US medical schools are built
6. University of California
The medical faculty at University of California scores 63.3 points out of 100. Students spend no more than £8,000 per year in fees
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT’s medical school is spotted the seventh with a score of 61. Students are charged up to £25,000 per year in fees
8. The University of Tokyo
Tokyo's Medical School gets eighth place in the world rankings, with its yearly fees of no more than £5,000 a year
9. Yale University
Yale University is notable for the Yale system of medical education, encouraging teaching in small seminar, conference and tutorial settings, as well as promoting student self-evaluation, independent thought and investigation
10. University of California
Set up no more than 50 years, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is claimed one of the most prestigious medical schools in U.S. with its fees at £8,000 per year
The Harvard Medical School