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Top Universities for PhD Study in China in 2022

Written by Ben Taylor

China’s emergence as a world leader in research and higher education has been well-documented in recent years, with generous funding allocated to universities from the central government.

The presence of several Chinese universities among the very best in the world according to the league tables on this page reflects this progress and China’s ambitious investment in higher education. It’s no surprise that PhD students from across the globe are increasingly drawn to the research opportunities on offer at universities in China.

Top ranked Chinese universities for PhD study

The table below summarises the performance of Chinese universities in the three main higher education ranking systems: the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.


Top 20 Chinese Universities in 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
Peking University =16 18 45
Tsinghua University =16 17 28
Fudan University 60 31 100
Zhejiang University =75 52 58
Shanghai Jiao Tong University 84 =50 59
University of Science and Technology of China 84 98 63
Nanjing University =105 131 101-150
Wuhan University 157 225 151-200
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) 251-300 =275 301-400
Huazhong University of Science and Technology 181 =334 101-150
Beijing Normal University 251-300 =270 201-300
Sun Yat-sen University 251-300 260 89
Central South University 351-400 521-530 151-200
East China Normal University 301-350 531-540 301-400
Nankai University 301-350 =358 201-300
Tongji University 301-350 211 151-200
Shenzhen University 351-400 601-650 201-300
Hunan University 401-500 571-580 201-300
Sichuan University 401-500 =451 151-200
South China University of Techology 401-500 =407 151-200
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 universities in China for PhD study?

As you can see in the table above, there are several Chinese universities among the top 100 in the world according to each ranking system. Research output is one of the most important metrics used when calculating these rankings, so it stands to reason that talented prospective PhD students will find plenty of exciting research opportunities in China – often with generous funding attached.

Another useful metric to look at when choosing a Chinese university for PhD study is the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, which show China’s impressive regional performance.

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Last Updated: 22 November 2021

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