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Holly Hemmings

Updated Oct 19, 2023



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The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject features 80 of the top higher education institutions to study dentistry. 

The subject rankings are based on four indicators: academic and employer reputation, citations per paper, and H-index citations (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar). You can find more details about the methodology behind the subject rankings here

Read on to discover the best dentistry schools in each region. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the list of 80 schools in more detail, click here for the full rankings. 

QS World University Rankings by Subject – Top 10 dentistry schools 




University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 

United States 

Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam 

The Netherlands 


The University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong SAR 


Tokyo Medical and Dental University 


Karolinska Institutet 


University of California, San Francisco 

United States 

University of Bern 


University of Zurich 


King’s College London 

United Kingdom 


University of Gothenburg 


Top dentistry schools in the US, Canada and Latin America

A total of 28 schools in the US, Canada and Latin America are featured in the dentistry rankings. Two schools from the US feature in the global top ten, whilst other notable universities include Harvard University (11th), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (18th), University of Pennsylvania (19th) and University of California Los Angeles (20th). 

Four Canadian dentistry schools appear in the rankings starting with the University of Toronto (43rd) which scored well in the citations per paper indicator, followed by University of British Columbia (48th), McGill University (51-80) and University of Alberta (51-80). 

Four schools in Brazil feature for dentistry, with its highest-ranked school, Universidade de São Paulo, ranked 14th in the world. Universidade Estadual de Campinas is 29th, UNESP is 31st and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul is 48th. 

Top dentistry schools in Europe

Europe is the most well-represented region in the top universities for dentistry, with 30 schools in the rankings. They also make up over half of the schools in the top ten. The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam takes the top spot in the European rankings, as well as being second in the world rankings. 

The only British university in the top ten is King’s College London, which ranks ninth. Other British institutions to achieve noteworthy success are Queen Mary University of London (15th), University College London (18th) and University of Birmingham (22nd). 

Outside of the UK, four European universities other than The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam are featured in the global top ten: Karolinska Institutet is fifth, University of Bern is seventh, University of Zurich is eighth and University of Gothenburg is tenth. 

Top dentistry schools in Asia

15 Asian schools are featured in the dentistry rankings, with their highest-ranked school, The University of Hong Kong falling one place to joint third globally. Japan’s Tokyo Medical and Dental University, in joint third place this year, achieved a perfect score for both academic and employer reputation. 

Outside of the top ten, three particularly successful Asian schools are Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences (13th) in India, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (21st) in Saudi Arabia and Sichuan University (26th) in Mainland China

Top dentistry schools in Australia and New Zealand

Five Australian programmes feature in the rankings for dentistry and only one New Zealand university. The University of Adelaide is Australia’s highest-ranked programme despite falling eight places in the world rankings since last year. New Zealand’s University of Otago is 42nd in the world and scores highly for citations per paper. 

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