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Becoming a medical practitioner is maybe the most popular career goal that many have, way before even reaching high school. Future doctors nurture their passion for helping others and start studying Medicine before applying for a medical school.
Medicine is also a versatile field that can be studied anywhere in the world, so you have a variety of choices at your disposal. This is why it may sound easy to choose a medical school abroad. However, since it’s a decision that might change your life, it needs to be well planned in advance.
If you narrow your research for medical schools to Europe, you have plenty of options which include different teaching styles, cultures and, sometimes, entry requirements. Now you just have to look closer to your option and find the right destination country.
In order to make this process easier for you, we’ve compiled rankings of medical schools in Europe, developed by the leading websites in the field of excellence in higher education: World University Rankings 2020 from Times Higher Education and QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2019: Medicine from topuniversities.com.
Best medical schools in the UK in 2020
Medical schools in the UK are at the top of university rankings in Europe, so we thought it best to create a list of their own. Keep in mind that while they are considered the best, the study and living costs at these universities is likely higher than other top universities in Europe.
Here are the best medical schools in the UK, according to QS Rankings 2019 by Subject Medicine:
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- University College London
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- The University of Edinburgh
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- The University of Manchester
- University of Glasgow
In addition to the UK medical schools from the universities mentioned above, Times Higher Education 2020 also features the following 2 universities in the top 10 of the UK:
Best 10 medical schools in the rest of Europe - Times Higher Education Rankings 2020
1. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology was founded over 150 years ago, and has established itself as one of the most important institutions in STEM research. As one of the most important and highly-ranked universities in the world, not just in Europe, a degree at ETH is definitively something that will make your CV stand out.
2. LMU Munich, Germany
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich has a centuries-old tradition and is one of the most internationally renowned universities in Germany. Research Services support researchers during all phases of research from consultation on third-party funding to the administrative, and legal aspects of projects.
3. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Located in Solna, right next to Sweden's capital, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute is one of the most prestigious Medical institutions in the world. With an affiliated teaching and research hospital, Karolinska is a place where a lot of focus isn't just on the theoretical side, but on innovation and on practice, as well.
4. Technical University of Munich, Germany
Technical University of Munich is one of the youngest medical schools in Germany and has active collaborations with over 20 teaching hospitals and clinics. Within the university, the medical faculty has extensive modern facilities, including 24 clinics and 18 institutes that enables students to focus on research and gain valuable practical experience.
5. Heidelberg University, Germany
Heidelberg University has a rich history in Germany and Europe. As the oldest university in the country, and the third ever university established by the Roman Empire, the university is home to a lot of international students, coming from over 130 countries.
6. KU Leuven – University of Leuven, Belgium
The Faculty of Medicine is involved in international projects and networks and is part of the Biomedical Sciences Group. Also collaborating with a hospital, the school usually has a consistent group of international students. Research is also a main focus of the specialists from KU Leuven and there are plenty of studies on science, technology and health.
7. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University of Paris, France
PSL Research University of Paris is a collegiate university created in 2010 offering degrees at all levels and focusing on top-quality research and a focus on interdisciplinary education. PSL features 181 laboratories, workshops, incubators and a unique scientific and cultural environment.
8. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
The University of Amsterdam has two educational institutes, which study medicine and medical informatics and a research institute that develops projects in cardiovascular disorders, epidemiology and public health, infectious diseases and immunology, metabolic disorders, oncology and many others.
9. Leiden University, Netherlands
You can focus on medicine or medical sciences and pursue your study at Leiden University’s medical centre. Although there is a limited number of students available each year, the university has a strong local reputation.
10. University of Groningen, Netherlands
The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands, offering fundamental academic research in an innovative way. State-of-the-art research focuses on solving social and individual problems, with a global outlook. While studying medicine at Groningen, you will be introduced to patients right from the start of the first year and learn about all medical disciplines based on patient cases.
Best medical schools in the rest of Europe - QS Subject Rankings 2019
- Karolinska Institute, Sweden
- Charite – Universitatmedizin Berlin, Germany
- Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
- University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Heidelberg University, Germany
- LMU Munich, Germany
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Leiden University, Netherlands
- Lund University, Sweden
Why study Medicine in Europe vs. the USA?
We all know that there are differences in teaching between Europe and other areas on the globe. Here are some distinctions between Medicine studies in continental Europe and the USA:
- The study usually lasts a total of six years, while in the USA the academic period lasts for four years.
- Including the training, the total period before you may begin your career in Europe lasts for 6.5 – 7 years, while in the USA you are considered trained after 10 years.
- Tuition fees are usually lower in Europe for graduate studies in Medicine. These are around 60,000 – 150,000 USD. In the USA you will pay 140,000 – 240,000 USD.
- Entry requirements in Europe usually don’t involve exams such as the MCAT, which usually requires 1 – 2 years of preparation.
By studying Medicine at European universities abroad, you will gain access to elite global research and higher education institutions preparing future doctors. With their cutting-edge research programmes, innovative curricula and teaching styles, medical schools in Europe are ideal destinations for students keen on becoming responsible and capable M.D.s or healthcare professionals.
Find the complete list of medical schools in Europe in World University Rankings 2020 and QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2019: Medicine.