The 2012-2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings' Life Sciences table judges world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking of the world's top 50 universities for life sciences employs 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

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Top 50 life sciences universities

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
91.6
2 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
91.2
3 Harvard University United States
90.9
4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
90.1
5 Stanford University United States
89.3
6 University of California, Berkeley United States
88.6
7 Johns Hopkins University United States
87.9
8 Princeton University United States
87.2
9 Yale University United States
86.3
10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
83.8
11 Duke University United States
81.9
12 University of Chicago United States
81.6
13 Cornell University United States
80.7
14 Columbia University United States
80.6
15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
80.3
16 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
80.2
17 University of California, San Diego United States
79.1
18 University of Michigan United States
79.0
19 University College London (UCL) United Kingdom
78.9
20
University of British Columbia
Canada
78.8
21 University of Pennsylvania United States
78.2
22 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
77.8
22 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
77.8
24 University of Washington United States
77.6
25 University of California, Davis United States
76.5
26
University of Toronto
Canada
76.4
27 University of Melbourne Australia
75.7
28 McGill University Canada
75.0
29
The University of Tokyo
Japan
74.7
30 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
72.9
31 University of Queensland Australia Australia
72.4
32 Kyoto University Japan
70.7
33
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
70.2
34 Uppsala University Sweden
69.8
35 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
69.6
36 Australian National University Australia
69.2
37 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
68.5
38 University of Massachusetts United States
68.2
39 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
67.3
40 Boston University United States
66.8
41 University of Strasbourg France
66.5
42 University of Copenhagen Denmark
66.4
43 Pennsylvania State University United States
65.0
44 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
64.8
44 Université de Lausanne Switzerland
64.8
46 King's College London United Kingdom
64.5
47 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
64.3
48 Ghent University Belgium
63.1
49 University of Montreal Canada
62.8
50 University of São Paulo Brazil
62.7

Life Sciences Rankings:
Biological interfaces yield strong readings

 

4 October 2012

The top of the life sciences table has been shaken up this year, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reclaiming top spot and Harvard University falling to third.
The University of Cambridge, home to the bioscience-heavy technology cluster known as Silicon Fen, beat both its US rivals in teaching, industry income and international outlook to come second overall.

MIT's dominance is long established but intriguing, given that as a technology-oriented institute it initially considered life sciences only from the perspective of engineering and public health.

Now the field makes up about 40 per cent of its research, with almost all departments hosting academics whose work involves biological subjects. Interdisciplinary science is a particular focus in its teaching and research.

MIT and Harvard are just two of the many American institutions in the table, with the US increasing its dominance. It has 24 representatives this year, up from 21 in 2011-12.
However, of all the subject tables life sciences is the most diverse. Fourteen nations are represented, up from 11 last year.

France and Denmark debut in the form of the University of Strasbourg (41st) and the University of Copenhagen (42nd), respectively.

Brazil makes its first appearance in a subject table, with the University of Sao Paulo squeezing in at 50th place.

UK universities fared less well this year. Despite the predictable appearance of the Oxbridge pair, the total number of British institutions featured fell from nine to six, with the universities of Glasgow, Bristol and Sheffield exiting the ranking.

ETH Zurich-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich was the top-ranked mainland European institute, followed by the Netherlands' Wageningen University and Research Center.

Asia is represented by Japan's University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, and by the National University of Singapore.