Best Physics Universities

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Physics universities is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-index (Discipline H-index) values of all leading scientists affiliated with that university. D-index only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. A leading scientist is a scholar with a D-index of at least 70 in an examined discipline. Show more

The ranking process involved a detailed examination of 166,880 researchers’ profiles from Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Physics, over 51,056 profiles were examined. Scientists from more than 648 institutions and affiliations were analyzed.

Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Academic Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community.

A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Please take into consideration that the research institution or university for a scientist is set based on the affiliation details featured on their Google Scholar profile.

World
National
University Details
Scholars
Σ Publications
Σ D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
1 World 1 National California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

United States
Scholars 86 30,507 Σ H-Index 8,887
2 World 2 National Harvard University

Harvard University

United States
Scholars 72 24,962 Σ H-Index 7,361
3 World 3 National Stanford University

Stanford University

United States
Scholars 53 22,058 Σ H-Index 5,353
4 World 4 National Princeton University

Princeton University

United States
Scholars 46 17,203 Σ H-Index 4,826
5 World 5 National MIT

MIT

United States
Scholars 46 17,549 Σ H-Index 4,689
6 World 6 National University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

United States
Scholars 45 17,123 Σ H-Index 4,540
7 World 7 National University of Chicago

University of Chicago

United States
Scholars 41 12,928 Σ H-Index 4,010
8 World 1 National University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom
Scholars 36 12,713 Σ H-Index 3,801
9 World 8 National Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

United States
Scholars 32 14,437 Σ H-Index 3,345
10 World 1 National University of Tokyo

University of Tokyo

Japan
Scholars 35 13,785 Σ H-Index 3,184
11 World 9 National University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

United States
Scholars 31 14,788 Σ H-Index 3,173
12 World 10 National University of Florida

University of Florida

United States
Scholars 20 16,468 Σ H-Index 2,716
13 World 11 National University of Arizona

University of Arizona

United States
Scholars 31 8,844 Σ H-Index 2,712
14 World 2 National Durham University

Durham University

United Kingdom
Scholars 25 8,255 Σ H-Index 2,617
15 World 12 National Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

United States
Scholars 27 9,214 Σ H-Index 2,575
16 World 13 National University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

United States
Scholars 25 7,787 Σ H-Index 2,570
17 World 14 National Columbia University

Columbia University

United States
Scholars 25 9,088 Σ H-Index 2,505
18 World 15 National University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park

United States
Scholars 25 10,796 Σ H-Index 2,480
19 World 16 National University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

United States
Scholars 25 9,933 Σ H-Index 2,408
20 World 1 National University of Geneva

University of Geneva

Switzerland
Scholars 23 7,746 Σ H-Index 2,253
21 World 17 National University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder

United States
Scholars 21 9,464 Σ H-Index 2,208
22 World 18 National The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

United States
Scholars 24 7,010 Σ H-Index 2,176
23 World 1 National University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Canada
Scholars 21 7,223 Σ H-Index 2,156
24 World 19 National University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States
Scholars 21 9,472 Σ H-Index 2,105
25 World 1 National Australian National University

Australian National University

Australia
Scholars 20 7,686 Σ H-Index 2,071
26 World 20 National The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

United States
Scholars 19 7,856 Σ H-Index 2,031
27 World 21 National University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Madison

United States
Scholars 20 7,851 Σ H-Index 2,015
28 World 3 National University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom
Scholars 20 5,810 Σ H-Index 1,979
29 World 22 National Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

United States
Scholars 16 9,899 Σ H-Index 1,955
30 World 1 National Aix-Marseille University

Aix-Marseille University

France
Scholars 17 6,383 Σ H-Index 1,798
31 World 1 National Leiden University

Leiden University

Netherlands
Scholars 18 5,009 Σ H-Index 1,778
32 World 2 National ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich

Switzerland
Scholars 21 6,524 Σ H-Index 1,771
33 World 4 National University of Oxford

University of Oxford

United Kingdom
Scholars 19 5,900 Σ H-Index 1,750
34 World 2 National University of Paris-Saclay

University of Paris-Saclay

France
Scholars 17 6,928 Σ H-Index 1,694
35 World 23 National University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

United States
Scholars 18 6,055 Σ H-Index 1,681
36 World 24 National University of Washington

University of Washington

United States
Scholars 18 4,508 Σ H-Index 1,672
37 World 5 National Cardiff University

Cardiff University

United Kingdom
Scholars 15 5,689 Σ H-Index 1,621
38 World 25 National Cornell University

Cornell University

United States
Scholars 18 6,402 Σ H-Index 1,614
39 World 6 National Imperial College London

Imperial College London

United Kingdom
Scholars 14 5,157 Σ H-Index 1,552
40 World 7 National University College London

University College London

United Kingdom
Scholars 16 6,395 Σ H-Index 1,549
41 World 26 National Yale University

Yale University

United States
Scholars 16 4,364 Σ H-Index 1,545
42 World 27 National University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

United States
Scholars 15 5,392 Σ H-Index 1,484
43 World 28 National Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

United States
Scholars 15 7,552 Σ H-Index 1,483
44 World 29 National University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States
Scholars 17 5,468 Σ H-Index 1,475
45 World 30 National University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

United States
Scholars 13 6,119 Σ H-Index 1,466
46 World 3 National Université Paris Cité

Université Paris Cité

France
Scholars 17 4,242 Σ H-Index 1,463
47 World 1 National Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University

Germany
Scholars 15 5,248 Σ H-Index 1,423
48 World 1 National University of Oslo

University of Oslo

Norway
Scholars 13 4,247 Σ H-Index 1,358
49 World 8 National University of Southampton

University of Southampton

United Kingdom
Scholars 14 7,013 Σ H-Index 1,347
50 World 31 National University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

United States
Scholars 14 5,624 Σ H-Index 1,335
51 World 2 National Kyoto University

Kyoto University

Japan
Scholars 16 5,883 Σ H-Index 1,310
52 World 4 National Grenoble Alpes University

Grenoble Alpes University

France
Scholars 15 3,800 Σ H-Index 1,264
53 World 9 National University of Manchester

University of Manchester

United Kingdom
Scholars 13 4,834 Σ H-Index 1,263
54 World 32 National University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

United States
Scholars 14 4,606 Σ H-Index 1,217
55 World 33 National Purdue University West Lafayette

Purdue University West Lafayette

United States
Scholars 12 5,760 Σ H-Index 1,192
56 World 10 National Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

United Kingdom
Scholars 13 3,524 Σ H-Index 1,191
57 World 1 National University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen

Denmark
Scholars 13 3,971 Σ H-Index 1,183
58 World 1 National Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome

Italy
Scholars 10 4,513 Σ H-Index 1,168
59 World 34 National Duke University

Duke University

United States
Scholars 12 5,272 Σ H-Index 1,166
60 World 2 National Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg

Germany
Scholars 12 4,661 Σ H-Index 1,082
61 World 2 National University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands
Scholars 12 4,019 Σ H-Index 1,082
62 World 1 National Uppsala University

Uppsala University

Sweden
Scholars 8 6,264 Σ H-Index 1,075
63 World 2 National University of Padua

University of Padua

Italy
Scholars 11 3,691 Σ H-Index 1,066
64 World 1 National Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University

Israel
Scholars 12 4,001 Σ H-Index 1,059
65 World 2 National Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

Australia
Scholars 11 3,183 Σ H-Index 1,034
66 World 2 National University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Canada
Scholars 9 3,915 Σ H-Index 1,019
67 World 35 National Boston University

Boston University

United States
Scholars 10 3,917 Σ H-Index 1,013
68 World 2 National University of Bergen

University of Bergen

Norway
Scholars 9 3,740 Σ H-Index 1,012
69 World 11 National University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom
Scholars 9 4,200 Σ H-Index 1,002
70 World 12 National University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

United Kingdom
Scholars 12 3,645 Σ H-Index 1,001
71 World 36 National University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

United States
Scholars 9 4,430 Σ H-Index 961
72 World 37 National Northwestern University

Northwestern University

United States
Scholars 9 4,964 Σ H-Index 958
73 World 3 National Nagoya University

Nagoya University

Japan
Scholars 11 4,618 Σ H-Index 955
74 World 38 National New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

United States
Scholars 9 1,965 Σ H-Index 922
75 World 13 National University of Leicester

University of Leicester

United Kingdom
Scholars 10 4,101 Σ H-Index 918
76 World 39 National Rice University

Rice University

United States
Scholars 9 3,783 Σ H-Index 900
77 World 3 National Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich

Germany
Scholars 10 3,934 Σ H-Index 872
78 World 40 National University of Rochester

University of Rochester

United States
Scholars 9 4,728 Σ H-Index 869
79 World 41 National University of Virginia

University of Virginia

United States
Scholars 10 3,036 Σ H-Index 866
80 World 42 National Michigan State University

Michigan State University

United States
Scholars 8 3,357 Σ H-Index 862
81 World 14 National University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom
Scholars 9 2,803 Σ H-Index 860
82 World 3 National University of Zurich

University of Zurich

Switzerland
Scholars 8 2,984 Σ H-Index 855
83 World 1 National University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw

Poland
Scholars 8 3,974 Σ H-Index 823
84 World 2 National Weizmann Institute of Science

Weizmann Institute of Science

Israel
Scholars 8 3,379 Σ H-Index 819
85 World 1 National University of La Laguna

University of La Laguna

Spain
Scholars 8 2,571 Σ H-Index 819
86 World 3 National International School for Advanced Studies

International School for Advanced Studies

Italy
Scholars 8 2,827 Σ H-Index 810
87 World 1 National Peking University

Peking University

China
Scholars 9 3,683 Σ H-Index 804
88 World 4 National University of Milan

University of Milan

Italy
Scholars 10 2,487 Σ H-Index 795
89 World 43 National University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States
Scholars 9 2,222 Σ H-Index 791
90 World 2 National Aarhus University

Aarhus University

Denmark
Scholars 9 2,381 Σ H-Index 776
91 World 3 National University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Netherlands
Scholars 9 2,280 Σ H-Index 775
92 World 3 National University of Western Australia

University of Western Australia

Australia
Scholars 8 2,623 Σ H-Index 748
93 World 4 National Tohoku University

Tohoku University

Japan
Scholars 9 3,578 Σ H-Index 745
94 World 4 National University of Bonn

University of Bonn

Germany
Scholars 8 3,036 Σ H-Index 744
95 World 1 National University of Vienna

University of Vienna

Austria
Scholars 9 1,985 Σ H-Index 741
96 World 4 National University of Sydney

University of Sydney

Australia
Scholars 7 3,576 Σ H-Index 736
97 World 15 National University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

United Kingdom
Scholars 6 2,485 Σ H-Index 701
98 World 5 National University of Bologna

University of Bologna

Italy
Scholars 7 3,148 Σ H-Index 657
99 World 4 National École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland
Scholars 7 2,884 Σ H-Index 652
100 World 5 National Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

France
Scholars 7 1,965 Σ H-Index 651

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