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.
The following table lists the 20 top-ranked Canadian universities in 2020/21.
|University||THE 2021||QS 2021||ARWU 2020|
|University of Toronto||18||=25||23|
|University of British Columbia||34||45||38|
|University of Montreal||=73||118||151-200|
|University of Alberta||=131||119||101-150|
|University of Ottawa||=145||=279||151-200|
|University of Calgary||=200||=246||151-200|
|University of Waterloo||201-250||=166||151-200|
|Simon Fraser University||251-300||=323||301-400|
|University of Manitoba||351-400||601-650||301-400|
|University of Victoria||351-400||=370||301-400|
|University of Saskatchewan||401-500||=465||301-400|
|University of Guelph||501-600||571-580||301-400|
|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.|
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.
Last updated - 08/12/2020