Research and education
Research plays an important part in the academic programmes of Utrecht University. Students are taught by (leading) researchers and are able to contribute to various research studies through research traineeships and research programmes. In addition to teaching, university lecturers of course also have research tasks.
From the beginning of their studies, students come into contact with prominent researchers whose fields of expertise correspond with their chosen degree programmes. In this way, scientific undergraduate and graduate teaching is complemented by research. Importantly, students are being introduced to current scientific theories from an early stage in their studies and their research skills are being developed from the outset of the undergraduate programmes.
Utrecht Graduate Schools
In order to ensure optimum connections between research and education, Utrecht University has organised its graduate and PhD programmes within 6 Graduate Schools. Each School consists of a number of graduate and PhD programmes, dealing with inter-related subjects.
Consequently, a framework has been created for graduate students, PhD candidates and top researchers from various fields of expertise to be able to meet and exchange knowledge. Graduate School students and PhD candidates have to meet stringent admission and training requirements.