McGill ranks among Canada’s elite medical research universities

“Growth in McGill’s research income and intensity translates to tangible benefits to societal health and wellbeing, as well as advances in knowledge and innovation," says Martha Crago, VP Research and Innovation

According to the annual Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities rankings issued earlier today, McGill is the second-best Medical Research University in the nation. This marks the second consecutive year that McGill was ranked No.2.

Compiled by Research Infosource, the rankings are based on six indicators including total sponsored research income; research intensity per faculty; research intensity per graduate student; total number of publications; publication intensity; and publication impact. McGill was the only university in Canada to rank in the top three in all six indicators in the Medical Research University category.

“Growth in McGill’s research income and intensity translates to tangible benefits to societal health and wellbeing, as well as advances in knowledge and innovation,” said Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation. “Our high position on the Research InfoSource Inc. list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities is a testament to the exceptionally high caliber of McGill’s research community – an accomplishment we should all celebrate.”

According to the Research Infosource, Canada’s top 50 research universities posted combined research income of $8.27 billion in Fiscal 2020, a gain of 3.0 per cent over Fiscal 2019. McGill gained 3.7 per cent over that period.

Average research intensity – research income per faculty position – was $202,900 among the nation’s top research universities in Fiscal 2020. McGill’s research intensity per faculty position for 2020 was $344,100, third best in the nation.

Graduate student intensity – research income per graduate student – averaged $39,000 among Canada’s top universities, a slight decline from Fiscal 2019. However, over that same period, McGill’s graduate research intensity grew by 2.07 per cent, standing at $63,500 per graduate student – best among G5 universities.

Research Infosource is a leading source of ranking information on research universities, corporations, hospitals and colleges that are used and followed by the research and innovation community, opinion and policy leaders in the government, research, corporate, higher education and non-profit sectors.

Read the Research Infosource press release.

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2 years ago

If you look a little deeper, we got soundly trounced by UofT.

Ben Locke
2 years ago

Sadly, McGill always ends up only as a second fiddle or third fiddle to the University of Toronto in any international ranking of universities. It should probably be renamed as the McGill College of the University of Toronto 🙂

Jonathan Broadbent
2 years ago
Reply to  Ben Locke

UofT didn’t do so well in intensity per grad student. This surprises me. Does it mean that grad students are paid better at McGill. Because I thought it was the opposite.

Gerry Thomassin
2 years ago

I am from the U.S. And here, we generally consider McGill University as a back-up school for those who fail to get acceptance to the better U.S. universities. That is because we know that McGill is just a public school that practically accepts everyone (with a 50% admission/acceptance rate). That is why McGill gets a lot of international students.