Our Education

Utrecht University offers top quality programmes in a world-class academic environment, where teaching is closely linked to the latest research. As a UU student, you’ll be taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, usually experts in their field. The university is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge, and our research has a defining impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

Your Master's Programme at Utrecht University


At Utrecht University, quality is central to both teaching and research. All Master’s degree programmes offered by the university are accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Each programme is regularly assessed by an internal evaluation board, and an external committee assesses all programmes every five years. 

Nurturing talent

Utrecht University encourages all students to develop their unique talents to the maximum extent possible. The university also offers a number of Honours programmes for highly talented and motivated students, including the Young Innovators programme and the Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars. Students who wish to participate in these programmes must meet stringent admission requirements.

Connection to research

Research plays an important part in a Utrecht University education. As a student, you will learn from prominent researchers in your chosen area of study. As a student in one of our Research Master’s or doctoral programmes, you will also contribute to the university’s research offerings. During your programme of study, you will hone your research skills through connections with practicing researchers and the careful study and testing of scientific theories. 

To provide an optimal link between research and education, we have organized our master’s programmes and PhD programmes into six graduate schools, which consist of related programmes. In this context, Master’s students, PhD candidates and top researchers from different disciplines can easily meet each other and exchange knowledge.

International possibilities

Studenten overleggen samen in een studieruimte

If you know that you want to spend time abroad during your studies, Utrecht University is the right place for you. Over half of our Master’s programmes and six of our Bachelor’s programmes are taught in English. Every year, these programmes attract more than 1500 students from abroad and 1200 exchange students from 110 different countries. As a student at Utrecht University, you will enjoy an inspiring and international environment both inside and outside the classroom.

With the grade point average (GPA) system for Bachelor’s and Master’s students, our students can apply more easily for Master’s and PhD programmes, scholarships and jobs. In the Netherlands as well as in much of the world, the GPA is a common tool for assessing a candidate’s skills and knowledge.