The Faculty of Science is one of the leading science faculties in Europe. It is also the leading Dutch centre for the Natural and Life Sciences, attracting top scientists from around the world.
Our research programmes in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology were placed amongst the top four programmes in Europe by the prestigious Excellence ranking of the German Zentrum für Hochschulenentwicklung (CHE). This places Utrecht University alongside Cambridge University, Imperial College London and ETH Zürich.
The internationally recognised Shanghai ranking named Utrecht University as the best university within the Netherlands, placing us at no. 11 in Europe and no. 50 worldwide. The extensive and internationally orientated research of the Faculty of Science has made a major contribution towards helping Utrecht University to achieve this prestigious ranking.
The research undertaken at the Faculty of Science contributes to the following research focus areas selected by Utrecht University: