Extra opportunities

If you want to get more out of your Master’s programme or if you are interested in taking up an extra challenge, continue reading to learn more about the possibilities. 

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If you want to get more out of your Master’s programme or if you are interested in taking up an extra challenge, continue reading to learn more about the possibilities. 

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.


U/Select (Utrecht Selective Life Sciences Extracurricular Track) is the Life Sciences Honours Programme for selected students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is a two-year extracurricular programme for excellent students who seek to broaden their horizon and who want to get more out of their Master’s programme.

The goals of U/Select are:

  • to broaden and deepen your study programme in extra and special learning experiences;
  • to be part of a community of excellent students in life sciences;
  • to be able to write a research proposal and execute this during your minor research abroad;
  • to have a better start position for the next step in your (study) career; 
  • to build your network beyond your own Master’s programme.

Young Innovators

Are you curious, entrepreneurial, intellectually versatile, socially responsible? Do you want to get more out of your Master's programme and learn to work across disciplinary boundaries to both research and actively (co-)create innovative initiatives that will make the world a slightly better place? Then the Young Innovators honoursprogramme (15 EC) might be of interest to you!

Three core areas of research and innovation

The programme will focus on exploring and designing innovations in three areas:

  • Sustainable innovations in health
  • Sustainable innovations in the economy
  • Sustainable innovations in urban living

Think outside your discipline

These multifaceted themes demand the joint efforts of experts from the sciences and humanities alike. They require knowledge of energy, climate dynamics, food, technology and health. But insights into the dynamics of societies, law and economics, languages and cultures or history and philosophy are just as essential.

The issues transcend national and cultural borders. Therefore the programme aims at a substantial participation of international students and is taught in English. Learn more about the Young Innovators.

Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary seminars

Are you an ambitious Master’s student looking for an intellectual challenge? Then apply to join our Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars!

This is a series of small-scale seminars, three to four meetings each, about the focus areas of research at Utrecht University. The topics will be diverse; ranging from global health issues and transition towards sustainability, to trends in youth culture and the philosophy of science. The seminars are hosted by distinguished researchers. Through close discussions with these researchers, you will get a better understanding of what it means to carry out interdisciplinary research, what obstacles researchers face, how to create a good research set-up and how to communicate about it with researchers from other disciplines as well as laymen.

The programme takes one year (7.5 ECTS). Would you like to know more about this programme? Read more about the Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars.