Study programme

You can create your own Master’s programme of 120 European Credits (EC). The components of the programme can be followed in any given order, although students are strongly encouraged to start their Major Research Project after a short three-week introductory period.


The course part of this programme consists of 15 EC compulsory courses and 12 EC elective courses.

Educational methods

  • Research projects: individual research projects chosen by student and guided by daily supervisor (post-doc or advanced PhD student).
  • Writing assignment: individual assignment guided by supervisor (subject chosen by student).
  • Theoretical course: seminars, self-study, group discussions, occasionally demonstrations or hands-on experience.
  • Electives: depending on student’s choice: general course, theoretical course, short project in the lab, or extension of minor project.
  • Seminars: attend life sciences and CSDB seminars, individual assignment of preparing short abstracts.

Group size

Apart from courses, usually attended by between 15 and 35 students, all parts of the Master’s programme consist of individual assignments. The research groups may vary in size between 3 and 20 members.

Examination methods

  • Research projects: practical work (60%), report (30%), and presentation (10%) will be graded by the examiner and a second reviewer.
  • Writing assignment: will be graded by the examiner and a second reviewer.
  • Theoretical course: written test or grading of individual assignment (presentation or report).
  • Electives: have different forms of examination, depending on the student’s choice to spend elective time.

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum. Honours programmes are available at both faculty and interdisciplinary level and allow you to go deeper into subjects or work on projects that transcend your own discipline.

Read more about the honours programmes