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Top Dentistry Schools in 2020

By Julia G

Updated August 31, 2021 Updated August 31, 2021

The recently released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 features 50 of the top higher education institutions to study dentistry.

The QS Rankings by Subject are based on four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (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 learn more about the best dentistry schools in each region. Alternatively, if you would like to explore the 50 schools in further detail, click here to view the full table.

Top 10 Universities for Dentistry in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020


Name of Institution



King's College London (KCL)

United Kingdom


Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA)



University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

United States


University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong


Harvard University

United States


Tokyo Medical and Dental University



University of Gothenburg



Karolinska Institute



University of Bern



University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

United States

See the full ranking for dentistry schools here >

Top dentistry schools in the US, Canada and Latin America

A total of 17 schools in the US, Canada and Latin America are featured in the dentistry rankings. Three schools from the US feature in the top 10 (see above), with other notable universities including the University of Washington (joint 12th place), New York University (NYU, 14th), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (joint 18th) and University of Pennsylvania (22nd).

Two Canadian dentistry schools appear in the rankings: University of British Columbia (24th), which scores particularly highly for research citations per paper, and the University of Toronto (36th).

Three schools in Brazil feature for dentistry, with their highest ranked school, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), taking joint 18th place. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) is in joint 29th position, and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) is in joint 37th.

Top dentistry schools in Europe

Europe is the most well-represented region in the dentistry top 50, with European schools making up half of the table (they also make up half of the top 10). King’s College London takes the number-one spot for the first time since the ranking was inaugurated, moving up from joint second last year.

It is not the only British university to achieve noteworthy success: Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) debuts in 11th-position, the University of Birmingham takes 15th place, and UCL (University College London) takes 16th.

Outside of the UK, four European institutions are featured in the global top 10: The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) is in 2nd place, Sweden’s University of Gothenburg and Karolinska Institute are in 7th and 8th place respectively, and the University of Bern in Switzerland is joint 9th.

Top dentistry schools in Asia

Five Asian schools feature in the dentistry rankings, with their highest ranked school University of Hong Kong (HKU) remaining in 4th place globally. Japan’s Tokyo Medical and Dental University, in sixth place this year, achieved a perfect score for academic reputation.

Outside of the top 10 are three more Asian schools: Mainland China’s Peking University (20th) and Wuhan University (32nd), plus South Korea’s sole entry Seoul National University (SNU) in joint 29th place.

Top dentistry schools in Australia and New Zealand

Two Australian programs feature in the rankings for dentistry, with only one New Zealand school making the cut. The University of Melbourne is Australia’s highest ranked program, rising from 30th place in 2019 to 26th place this year. The University of Adelaide has also jumped in the rankings to 28th place. New Zealand’s University of Otago is joint 33rd in the world, and scores particularly highly for research citations per paper.

This article was originally published in March 2020 . It was last updated in August 2021

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Julia is the Assistant Editor for TopUniversities, publishing articles for students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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