U of T Moves Up QS Ranking of Medical Programs

Mar 8, 2017
Liam Mitchell

Medical Sciences Building, MSBMedicine at the University of Toronto was named 11th in the world in the latest subject ranking from the QS World University Rankings. Announced on March 8, U of T moved up one spot from last year.

“The Faculty of Medicine at U of T stands among the top tier of medical schools in the world thanks to the hard work and dedication displayed every day by members of our community. It’s gratifying to see that recognized by this ranking – placing us just shy of cracking the top ten,” said Professor Trevor Young, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions. “We couldn’t achieve this international standing were it not for the active support of our affiliated institutions, particularly the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.”

U of T was ranked the top medical school in Canada, ahead of McGill University (22), the University of British Columbia (27), and McMaster University (35). U of T was also ranked ahead of international peers Imperial College London and MIT (tied for 12th) and Duke University (17).

The news comes one day after Times Higher Education (THE) included U of T in a group of 53 institutions that “have the greatest chance of catching up with and surpassing the likes of Oxbridge and the Ivy League.” THE editors cited U of T’s clinical ranking as a primary reason for adding it to a list of “international powerhouse institutions.” 

Medicine is one of 20 different subject areas at U of T to improve their position in this year’s ranking. U of T ranked in the top 10 globally in nursing (6th), sports-related subjects (6th), anatomy & physiology (8th), geography (9th), computer science (10th) and education (10th).

“We’re pleased to see the breadth and depth of the research programs offered at the University of Toronto once again globally recognized for their excellence across the board,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s Vice President, Research and Innovation.

The QS subject rankings are based on four measures: academic survey results, employer survey results, citations per faculty, and the so-called H-Index, which attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of published scholarly work.


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