Extra opportunities

For students looking for an extra challenge in addition to their Master's, there are several options. 

Honouring your curiosity

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra avenue to explore their curiosity and foster their personal development. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme. Both faculty-specific and university-wide honours programmes are offered.

Faculty Honours programmes

Faculty-specific honours programmes offer more depth to your learned subject matter. Here, you’ll have more time to focus on personal and professional development opportunities within your field. Your degree offers the following faculty-specific honours programmes:

University-wide honours programmes

In these interdisciplinary programmes, you can let your diverse interests run wild as you work on varying social and academic issues together with students from other disciplines. By analysing issues from different perspectives, you’ll learn how to navigate complex societal issues through a broader lens.

In an increasingly interconnected world, learning how to work with people from different fields is a vital skill. After completing these honours programmes you will receive an honours certificate during a festive ceremony. The following programmes are offered: 

For more information on honours education at the UU, go to the Honours College webpage, the honours Instagram, or email us at honourscollege@uu.nl.

Life Sciences Representatives

Life Sciences Representatives (LSR) is a student initiative to represent the interests and rights of all Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) in Utrecht University.

The LSR consists of at least one Master's student of every programme within the School. All student members of the Educational Committee (EC) and Board of Studies (BoS) are members of the LSR. In addition, at least one representative of the LS-associated student associations will take place in the LSR.


  • Represent the interests of all Master’s students of the GSLS at the educational level
  • Feedback between the student members of the EC and BoS and the rest of the students
  • Identify problems Master’s students experience within the course of their studies and try to resolve them, either by:
    - reporting and discussing the problems or complaints in the EC, BoS or programme coordinator meetings
    - taking direct action or passing on the problem to those who are fit to handle it

For more functions and / or information you can send an email to: LSR@umcutrecht.nl.

Utrecht Summer School

Utrecht Summer School offers a broad selection of over 200 academic courses in virtually all disciplines. If you are interested in a Master’s programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, taking a summer course is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the educational opportunities in Utrecht and get a first introduction to the topic and the latest developments in research.The Utrecht Summer School course ‘3D Printing and Biofabrication’ will provide you insights in opportunities of additive manufacturing technologies and 3D (bio)printing in biomedical applications. Read more.