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 who are usually experts in their field. The university is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. 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). Every programme is regularly assessed by an internal evaluation board. 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 strict admission requirements.

Connection to research

Research plays an important part in your studies at Utrecht University. As a student, you will learn from prominent researchers in your chosen field. If you are a student of one of our research master’s or doctoral programmes, you will also contribute to the university’s research work. During your study programme, you will hone your research skills by working with practising researchers and carefully studying and testing scientific theories. 

We aim to provide an optimal link between research and education. To this end, we have organised our master’s programmes and PhD programmes into six graduate schools consisting of related programmes. In this context, master’s students, PhD candidates and top researchers from different disciplines frequently encounter one another and exchange knowledge.

International opportunities

Studenten samen in gesprek.

If you know you want to spend time abroad during your studies, Utrecht University is the 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 1,500 students from abroad and 1,200 exchange students from 110 different countries. As a student of Utrecht University, you will enjoy an inspiring and international environment both within and beyond the classroom.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) system for bachelor’s and master’s students allows our students to apply for master’s and PhD programmes, scholarships and jobs more easily. The GPA is a tool for assessing candidates’ skills and knowledge commonly used in the Netherlands and much of the rest of the world.