No.1: Harvard University
The oldest and most prestigious of all the US universities, Harvard is considered to be the world’s best. Scoring a faultless 100 per cent for its academic, employer and research reputation, it leads its closest rival by 17 points. Established in 1782, the medical school’s mission is “to create nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.”
No.2: University of Cambridge
Cambridge‘s School of Clinical Medicine is considered the second best medical faculty in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2011/12. In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick famously deduced the structure of DNA at Cambridge, for which they received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. The majority of UK Cambridge graduates go on to work in the NHS, and up to half become general practitioners.
No.3: University of Oxford
Oxford University takes third spot with a score of 77.7 points. In spite of the UK tuition fee hikes, a medicine degree at Oxford still costs almost three times less than it would at the likes of Harvard.
No.4: Stanford University
Stanford is the oldest continuously running medical school in the western United States, with some of the most expensive fees. Students are charged up to £27,000 per annum. In 1968 it was responsible for the first adult human heart transplant in the US. It scored 68.7 out of 100.
No.5: Johns Hopkins University
Since its establishment in 1893, John Hopkins school of medicine has been considered the model on which all other US medical schools are built. In the television series House, the fictional anti-hero, Dr Gregory House, played by English actor Hugh Laurie, attended Johns Hopkins University but was expelled for cheating.
No.6: University of California, Berkeley
The University of California is a public university and charges students no more than £8,000 per year in fees. Its medical faculty scored 63.3 out of 100.
No.7: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT came third in overall global rankings, while its medical school came in seventh with a score of 61. Students are charged up to £25,000 per year in fees at the Massachusetts university.
No.8: The University of Tokyo – The world’s top 10 universities
Clearly the dean’s advice to students in 2008 was heeded as the university of Tokyo’s medical school has soared to eight place in world rankings. He said: “I feel that medical students in Japan study far less than do those in the U.S. and the U.K. You should read many textbooks and academic journal articles. You need to do that not just to acquire facts, but also to understand the mechanisms involved, and to learn how these discoveries were made.
“Build up and maintain your stamina. Exercise both your body and your mind. I challenge you to play badminton or tennis with me: I will not be beaten easily.”
Yearly fees at the Japanese university cost no more than £5,000 a year.
No.9: Yale University
Yale’s unique teaching methods, known as the Yale system of medical education, encourages teaching in small seminar, conference and tutorial settings, and promotes student self-evaluation, independent thought and investigation. It scored 59.4 out of 100.
No.10: University of California, Los Angeles
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in little more than 50 years, has come to be recognised as one of the US’s most prestigious medical schools. Like UC Berkeley, fees are subsidised and capped at £8,000 per year.