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Top 20 Canadian Universities for PhD Study in 2020


Canada has a reputation for being one of the friendliest countries in the world, as well as having globally-renowned research universities. But what are the best Canadian universities for PhD study?

One way to decide where to study your PhD is to look at university rankings. So, we’ve collated the rankings from three global university league tables to help you in your PhD search.

Top Ranked Canadian Universities

The following table lists the 20 top-ranked Canadian universities in 2020.


Top 20 Canadian Universities in 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2021 ARWU 2019 US News 2020
University of Toronto 18 =25 24 18
University of British Columbia 34 45 35 30
McGill University 42 =31 90 49
McMaster University 72 144 90 126
University of Montreal 85 118 151-200 139
University of Alberta =136 119 101-150 139
University of Ottawa =141 =279 151-200 198
University of Calgary 201-250 =246 151-200 178
University of Waterloo 201-250 =166 151-200 217
Western University 201-250 =203 29 276
Dalhousie University 251-300 =291 201-300 322
Laval University 251-300 =420 201-300 315
Queen’s University 251-300 =246 301-400 379
Simon Fraser University 251-300 =323 301-400 290
University of Manitoba 351-400 601-650 301-400 388
University of Saskatchewan 401-500 =465 301-400 541
University of Victoria 401-500 =370 301-400 262
York University 401-500 531-540 501-600 416
Carleton University 501-600 601-650 701-800 483
University of Guelph 501-600 571-580 301-400 469
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and US News Best Global Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are the top universities in Canada for PhD study?

In global rankings, Canada does well, with several universities in the world top 100 for each league ranking.

Given that Canada only has around 100 universities (the USA has about 4,000), the striking number of universities ranking high is impressive.

On this page we’ve given a brief introduction to university rankings. For a more detailed overview of how the system works and how to get the best out of it, check our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last updated - 22/07/2020

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