Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2022

Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2021

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 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
University of Tokyo=35=2324
Kyoto University613337
Tohoku University201-250=82151-200
Osaka University301-350=75151-200
Tokyo Institute of Technology301-35056101-150
Nagoya University351-400118-
University of Occupational and Enviromental Health401-500--
Yokohama City University401-500=487701-800
Hokkaido University501-600145151-200
Kyushu University501-600137201-300
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) 501-600 =381 601-700
University of Tsukuba 501-600 =285 201-300
The University of Aizu 601-800 - -
Kansai Medical University 601-800 - -
Keio University 601-800 201 301-400
Kobe University 601-800 386 401-500
Nippon Medical School 601-800 - -
Tokyo Metropolitan University 601-800 701-750 -
Fujita Health University 801-1000 - -
Hiroshima University 801-1000 343 501-600
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 100, 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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