2023 Maclean's University Rankings: Medical Doctoral Schools

By Tess Campbell Modified on October 26, 2022
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Discover which schools made the top spots on Maclean's rankings for medical doctoral schools.

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 2023 Maclean's University Rankings: Medical Doctoral Schools

Are you considering medical school? Do you enjoy doing research? If yes, then you may want to check out Maclean's 2023 rankings of Canada's best medical doctoral universities! The universities in this list have a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools.

Maclean's determines their rankings based on 12 performance indicators, such as scholarships/bursaries, grants, student/faculty ratio, student awards, total research dollars, and more! For a better idea of what performance indicators are used, explore Maclean's University Rankings 2023: Methodology.

Here are 2023's rankings:

1. McGill University

Last year's rank: 1

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. It's located in Montréal, Quebec with over 8,000 medical students. McGill is one of the top medical schools in North America and enjoys an international reputation for excellence in teaching, clinical training, and research.

2. University of Toronto

Last year's rank: 2

The University of Toronto (U of T) is a global leader in research and teaching. They provide diverse and extensive areas of study organized around intimate learning communities.

3. University of British Columbia

Last year's rank: 3

The University of British Columbia is ranked among the world's top medical schools with the fifth largest MD enrollment in North America. UBC's Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. UBC is training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals as they make remarkable discoveries.

4. McMaster University

Last year's rank: 4

McMaster University is a research-intensive, student-centred university dedicated to advancing human and societal health and well-being. With more than 1,500 PhD students, McMaster fosters an inclusive environment where diverse groups of thinkers can help inspire real-world change.

5. University of Alberta

Last year's rank: 6

University of Alberta is one of the top teaching and research universities in Canada. Their goal is to graduate qualified, compassionate, and inquisitive practitioners and researchers accomplished in health care delivery and scholarship.


School Overall Ranking Rank Last Year
McGill University 1 1
University of Toronto 2 2
University of British Columbia 3 3
McMaster University 4 4
University of Alberta 5 6
University of Ottawa 6 7
Dalhousie University 7 8
Queen's University 8 5
University of Calgary 9 12
Université de Montréal 10 9*
Université Laval 11* 9*
Western University 11* 9*
University of Manitoba 13* 14
University of Saskatchewan 13* 15
Université de Sherbrooke 15 13

An * indicates a tie.


There you have it — Maclean's best medical doctoral schools in Canada for 2023! Remember, rankings aren't everything. You should also consider program offerings, campus feel, extracurricular activities, and other factors that make each campus unique! Your goal is to find the best school for you!


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