List of Best Medical Universities in Pakistan


Medical sciences is among the most demanded academic fields and one of the world’s most famous career paths. Medical science is more than medicine and offers numerous prospects for both academia and profession. There are literally hundreds of Pakistani students who look up to study medicine in order to become successful doctors and to be of contribution to humanity. However the number of medical colleges in the private and public sectors is increasing as competitive rivalry is growing. But even though new players can offer themselves their own unique set of services, knowing who are the leading players on the scene is always good. If you desire to do MBBS and start exercising straight away, you have to do it from a good college. Even if it is an MBBS or some other degree, the university where you do your final level is important. Concerned with ratings is our nation. Besides that, nearly every institution is consistently rated in some way. Following is given a list of top ranked medical universities/ colleges in Pakistan. 

1. Aga Khan University

The university of Aga Khan is a Karachi-based independent university for medical science. It was founded as a health and education center and, over a period, broadened its operations around the world, including the establishment of a psychiatric hospital in Nairobi and its sub campus in London in 2003. It’s also ranked by the internationally known Quacquarelli Symonds among the world’s top 200 universities in Asia and the world’s top 300 for medicine. AKU is ranked as Pakistan’s number one medical university by the Pakistan Higher Education Board. In Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and Eastern Africa, the AKU has also been running the largest chain of health facilities treating millions of people worldwide, with 14 hospitals. AKU also carries out 75% of biomedical research in Pakistan, whilst the remainder is shared by all the country’s medical schools. It started publishing as many research articles as any other university in Pakistan in peer researched, easily searchable and internationally renowned journal articles. 

2. King Edward Medical College

KEMU was set up as the fourth oldest medical college in Southern Asia and was named after King Edward VII in 1860. In 1871, KEMU got to add Mayo Hospital as its associated clinic and afterward, it inserted the second affiliated clinic in 1887 to Lady Aitchison Hospital. This was the only medical university in the country after its independence and in 2005 was awarded the Bill of Rights of Certificates. It has been currently ranked by the Pakistan Higher Education Commission as the 6th-best medical university in the country however for years it has had the highest merit in Punjab. KEMU provides undergraduate degrees in philosophy, community eye health, medical doctor, master of operation and MA in philosophy, including a diploma and master of science, bachelor of science, Physiotherapist and post security programs. There are currently 1 300 students at the college and 800 students at the postgraduate level. King Edward Medical University admissions are only granted to worthy students who have to undergo intensive admission requirements. 

3. Dow University of Health Sciences

Dow Health Sciences University is a Karachi-based public health college. It was named after Sir Hugh Dow and in 2003 it was incorporated into the newly established Dow University of Health Sciences. Perhaps it comprises two leading undergraduate academic institutions: Dow International Medical College and Dow Medical College, one of the country’s oldest academic institutions in the public sector. It is recognized for its department of postgraduate studies, which further offers core medical and clinical sciences programs. This one was currently ranked among some of the country’s leading medical institutes in 2010-2014 as well as covers a diverse range of medical, postgraduate, and doctoral degree programs. It also began publishing in IMEMR, Pakmedinet, and Global Health, a four-monthly journal of the Dow University of Health Sciences, and a graph of it. It also plans to launch the “E-CME Family Physicians e-CME” Web-based Continuing Medical Education Program. 

4. CMH Lahore Medical College

CMH Lahore Medical College was originally established in 2006 and is affiliated with the Lahore Combined Military Hospital. The Institution is a member of the National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) and is acknowledged by the Medical and Dental Council of Pakistan. It also has been included in FAIMER’s and ECFMG’s AVICENNA Directory for Medicine and International Medical Education. The college is managed by the Pakistan Army directly. The Medical Board of California has also identified it, and its graduate students are therefore eligible for a letter of approval (PTAL) or a Physicians and Surgeons’ Certificate. The university comprises the School of Health Professionals Education, Dental Institute, Nursing Institute, Allied Health Sciences and the Department of Medicine. The school also includes healthcare professionals. It consists of well established lecture rooms, sound laboratories, anatomy dissection auditoriums, computer workshops, bookstores, and meeting rooms in each department.

5. Shifa College of Medicine

Shifa College of Medicine was established in 1998 by the University of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat. It is an Islamabad-based private medical college. Shifa International Hospital is its associated medical facility and is the only teaching hospital in the country other than AKU with international certification from the Joint Commission. The college appears to follow the competence guideline of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada which concentrates on generating physicians who are experts on medical issues, communicators, researchers, lawyers, managers, professionals, and staff. The institution is enrolled with the World Health Organization and is also included in the FAIMER Directory for Medical Education. 

6. Riphah International University Islamabad

Riphah International University is a private university of medicine in Pakistan. This is based in Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan, and was developed in 2002. The university was founded in order to produce specialists with Islamic moral and ethical values. Riphah University has been listed as the 5th best medical college in Pakistan according to the latest HEC rankings. The International University of Riphah consists of fourteen campuses in various Pakistani regions.