Top 20 Universities for PhD Study in Japan in 2021
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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 2021
University THE 2021 QS 2021 ARWU 2020
The University of Tokyo =36 24 26
Kyoto University 54 38 34
Tohoku University 201-250 79 151-200
Tokyo Institute of Technology 301-350 56 101-150
Nagoya University 351-400 100 83
University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan 351-400 - -
Osaka University 351-400 72 151-200
Kyushu University 401-500 124 301-400
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) 401-500 362 601-700
University of Tsukuba 401-500 265 -
Fujita Health University 501-600 - -
Hokkaido University 501-600 139 151-200
Teikyo University 501-600 - -
The University of Aizu 601-800 - -
Jikei University School of Medicine 601-800 - -
Kansai Medical University 601-800 - -
Keio University 601-800 191 301-400
Kobe University 601-800 403 401-500
Nippon Medical School 601-800 - -
Yokohama City University 601-800 465 801-900
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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Last updated - 29/03/2021

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