If we talk about medicine as a job, we could say that medicine is one of the oldest jobs in the world because it has been present since time immemorial, and has, directly or indirectly, always been closely connected with humans and human lives. But, from the scientific point of view, medicine is defined as a science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases (in order to protect and, if necessary, save someone’s life).

Below, we discuss a few of the best medical schools worldwide.

Top Medical Schools in the World

1. Harvard University

Harvard Medical School is the graduate medical school of Harvard University in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, Massachusetts. Since this is a graduate school, it’s only logical that it offers graduate studies in the area of medicine, which can earn you a master’s and/or PhD degree in medicine.

This outstanding medical school aims to prepare its students for becoming the new generation of leaders in clinical care, health sciences research, medical education, operations science, etc. Through its master’s programs, it promises to provide rigorous training the students need to launch their careers in the medical world. Some of the master’s programs are in Global Health Delivery, Medical Education, Immunology, etc. PhD programs in this school offer a degree such as in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Immunology, Virology, etc.

2. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford has many departments dedicated to medical studies, such as Clinical Medicine, Clinical Neurosciences, Medicine, Oncology, etc, and all of those departments offer a variety of studies and degrees; both undergraduate and graduate.

Undergraduate medical studies at the University of Oxford claim to give a comprehensive grounding in medical science, before applying that scientific foundation in the clinical setting, since a solid base in a field such as medicine is fundamental. Graduate studies and degrees are offered by different departments, depending on the students’ interest: for example, you could earn a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, MSc in Genomic Medicine, MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine, etc.

3. Stanford University

Stanford University School of Medicine is the medical school of Stanford University in Stanford, California. This school offers graduate medical studies with its MD, PA, PhD, and Master’s programs and claims that its goal is to improve health through leadership, diversity, and collaborative discoveries and innovations in health care, education, and research. That is why it’s no surprise that Stanford is recognized as one of the best medical schools in the world.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at the Stanford School of Medicine claims to seek and develop highly skilled clinical PAs and inspire them to become PA leaders through various fields of medical work and research; the MD program offers a flexible curriculum with multiple learning pathways, a diversity of clinical and leadership opportunities both within and outside the school, as well as a wide range of dual degree opportunities; Master’s and PhD programs offer studies and degrees in fields such as Community Health and Prevention Research, Epidemiology & Clinical Research (both MA and PhD), Biomedical Physics PhD, PhD in Health Policy, etc. So – feel free to pick and choose the perfect program for yourself.

4. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is another excellent medical school. The School of Clinical Medicine is the medical school of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. This school offers both undergraduate and graduate studies in medicine, with bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs in different fields of medicine. This school aims to train its students in various fields of medicine through research relating to a diverse range of medical conditions and treatments.

Undergraduate studies are currently focused on the Integrated Foundations of Medical Education (IFME) program that aims to enable clinical teachers with any level of education to develop their understanding and skills about medical education, and to develop further their way of teaching. Graduate studies offer PhD, MPhil, MRes, MSt, and MD programs, as well as Higher Doctorates, with programs such as Doctor of Medical Science (MedScD) & Doctor of Science (ScD), depending on the student’s preferences, which specialized fields they’re interested in and wish to get a degree in.

5. Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is the medical school of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and was founded in the late 19th century. Just a small suggestion, if you wish to study in this outstanding medical school – prepare yourself. Prepare yourself mentally for the search because this school offers studies in every field of medicine you can think of, and if you’re unsure of what your preferences are, you just might get lost between fields and departments. All jokes aside, the variety of medical areas that this school offers is astonishing, and most of them are available in the form of both undergraduate and graduate studies.

As a reference, only some of the departments at this school are Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Genetic Medicine, Neuroscience, Oncology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Urology… do we need to keep going? The options are many, and you can choose your field of preference, and, of course, pursue a bachelor’s and/or master’s & PhD degree in the field you’re interested in.

6. Karolinska Institutet

The Karolinska Institute is among the best medical schools in the world and is located in the Stockholm area of Solna, Sweden. This university offers both undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of medicine; one bachelor’s and 10 master’s programs, to be precise, as well as many PhD programs.

The Bachelor’s Program in Biomedicine is an international program taught in English and consists of courses in general natural sciences and more medically oriented courses. The students are trained in laboratory practices and scientific methods and introduced to basic and translational research. Graduate studies, on the other hand, offer programs such as Master’s in Bioentrepreneurship, Biomedicine, Global Health, etc, as well as PhD studies in Immunoproteomics, Neuroscience, Psychiatric Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology, etc.

7. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a medical school of the University of California in Los Angeles, California. This school offers graduate studies in the field of medicine through regular master’s, MD, and PhD programs.

David Geffen School of Medicine claims that its students are involved in service to the community and demonstrate a firm commitment to the humanistic, ethical, legal, and cultural aspects of medicine. It offers a variety of graduate programs, such as in Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, etc.


I hope this article on the best medical schools in the world was helpful. Make sure to also check out the Available Programs for International Students to learn more about studying abroad.