Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2023
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Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2023

Written by Hannah Slack

Japan has become increasingly established as a top location for international PhD study. One reason is that the Japanese government’s Top Global University Project has granted additional funding for 37 universities to improve their international connections and recruitment.

With all this in mind, we’ve taken a look at how Japanese universities are currently performing in the global rankings.


Top 20 Japanese Universities in 2023
University THE 2023 QS 2023 ARWU 2022
University of Tokyo39=2324
Kyoto University683641
Tohoku University201-25079151-200
Osaka University251-30068151-200
Nagoya University301-350=112101-150
Tokyo Institute of Technology301-35055151-200
Hokkaido University501-600=141201-300
Kyushu University501-600135301-400
Tokyo Medical and Dental University501-600=392601-700
University of Tsukuba501-600=312201-300
Kansai Medical University601-800--
University of Occupational and Environmental Health601-800=23-
Yokohama City University601-800501-510801-900
The University of Aizu801-1000--
Fujita Health University801-1000--
Hiroshima University801-1000338401-500
Juntendo University801-1000-601-700
Keio University801-1000=197301-400
Kindai University801-10001201-1400701-800
Kobe University801-1000=363401-500
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Japanese universities for PhD study?

With a multitude of its universities in the global top 500, Japan performs well as an international study destination. Its emphasis on technological developments also makes the country an innovative location for students wishing to study in scientific fields.

But university rankings are not always that clear when it comes to PhD study. For a few extra tips on how to use them wisely be sure to read our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last Updated: 10 November 2022