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Top Dental Schools in 2017

By Sabrina Collier

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Discover the top dental schools based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject includes a ranking showcasing just over 50 of the world’s top dentistry schools, based on a methodology that assesses academic reputation and other factors.

Read on for an overview of the world’s top dental schools, or click here for the full interactive ranking table.

Top 10 Dental Schools in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017


Name of Institution



University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong


University of Michigan

United States


Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)



King’s College London (KCL)

United Kingdom


Harvard University



UCL (University College London)



Karolinska Institute



Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA)

The Netherlands


KU Leuven



University of Gothenburg


See the full dentistry ranking >


Top dental schools in the US & Canada 

The US boasts 14 representatives in the dental school ranking, including six institutions in the top 15. Outside the two in the top 10 above, these are: New York University (NYU) (11th), the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (12th) and the University of Washington (14th), while the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pennsylvania both improve their positions to share 15th place for dentistry this year.  

Meanwhile two more of the world’s top 50 dental schools can be found in Canada: the University of British Columbia (23rd) and the University of Toronto (48th).

Top dental schools in Europe

Of the 19 top dental schools in Europe, six are in the UK. As well as two in the top 10, other UK institutions featured include the University of Birmingham (19th) and the University of Manchester (24th). 

Also with two dental schools in the global top 10 is Sweden, which has another entrant in the top 50: Malmo University (ranked 35th). Staying in the Nordic region, Denmark has two entrants, including Aarhus University (17th), while Norway and Finland have one representative each.

The Netherlands has two top dental schools, including Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) in the top 10 (a new entrant this year) as well as Radboud University Nijmegen at joint 41st.

Switzerland has two entrants in the dental school ranking, both of which are in the top 30: the University of Bern (22nd) and the University of Zurich (=29th).

The other European nations featured in the global top 50 for dentistry are Belgium and Spain, with Belgium’s KU Leuven boasting a top 10 position.

Top dental schools in Latin America

While Latin America features less prominently in the dental school ranking, Brazil is an important exception, hosting three top universities for dentistry – the Universidade  de São Paulo in 18th, followed by Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) (27th) and Universidade Estadual Paulista “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (=33rd).

Top dental schools in Asia

Hong Kong’s sole entrant, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), continues to rank first in the world for dentistry, and is joined in the top 10 by Japan’s Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), which climbed from sixth to third this year.  Japan’s other entrant, Osaka University, also improved its position this year, climbing 12 places to rank 26th in the world for dentistry.

Meanwhile China has three entrants in the dental school ranking, led by Peking University  at 13th place. South Korea has two, including Seoul National University (SNU) at 25th, and Taiwan has one: National Taiwan University (NTU) (=50th).

Top dental schools in Australia & New Zealand

Australia is home to three of the world’s top universities for dentistry. These are the University of Melbourne (28th), the University of Adelaide (31st) and the University of Sydney (=41st).

Neighboring New Zealand is home to one top dental school ranked among the world’s best - the University of Otago, ranked joint 29th.

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