Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2024
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Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2024

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 2024
University THE 2024 QS 2024 ARWU 2023
University of Tokyo292827
Kyoto University=554639
Tohoku University=130113201-300
Osaka University=17580151-200
Tokyo Institute of Technology=191=91151-200
Nagoya University201-250=176101-150
Kyushu University301-350=164301-400
Hokkaido University351-400196201-300
University of Tsukuba351-400=355201-300
Tokyo Medical and Dental University401-500611-620701-800
The University of Aizu601-800--
Hiroshima University601-800472401-500
Juntendo University601-800-701-800
Kejo University601-800--
Kobe University601-800=476501-600
Chiba University801-1000701-710601-700
Kumamoto University801-1000901-950901-1000
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine801-1000--
Okayama University801-1000901-950501-600
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology801-1000801-850901-1000
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: 27 November 2023