The Graduate School of Natural Sciences offers 10 full Master's programmes and 8 PhD programmes. It is 1 of 6 Graduate Schools of Utrecht University and embedded into the Faculty of Science. Each research institute offers 1 PhD programme and several Master's programmes.


Prof.dr. G.T. Barkema, vicedean of education of the Faculty of Science.

Acting Board of studies

The Board of studies (BOS) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the quality of the Master's and PhD programmes.

Dr. ir. A.F. van der Stappen (chair) 
Drs. M. van Haaften (secretary)
Dr. J.W. van de Leur
Prof. dr. A.P. Philipse
Dr. A.J. van Delden
I.C. ten Have, MSc (PhD representative)
S. de Berg, BSc (student representative)
M. Plomp, BsC (student representative)

Programme leaders

Prof. dr. M.M. Dastani, Artificial Intelligence
Prof. dr. S. Brinkkemper, Business Informatics
Prof. dr. M.J. van Kreveld, Game and Media Technology
Prof. dr. H.L. Bodlaender, Computing Science
Prof. dr. L.T.G. Theunissen, History and Philosophy of Science
Dr. J.W. van de Leur, Mathematical Sciences
Prof. dr. A.P. Philipse, Nanomaterials Science
dr. A.J. van Delden, Climate Physics
Prof. dr. R.J.M. Snellings, Experimental Physics
Prof. dr. C. de Morais-Smith, Theoretical Physics

Master's programme coordinators

The coordinators are the principal points of contact for all Master's students. 
The coordinator advises students on their individual Master's Programmes or pre-Master's Programme, can be a conduit for administrative affairs and quality management, and gives advice on admissions requests.

Dr. F.P.M. Dignum and prof. dr. P. Yolum, Artificial Intelligence
Dr. R.L. Jansen and dr. S. Espana, Business Informatics
Dr. A. Volk and dr. R.J. Geraerts, Game and Media Technology
Dr. S.W.B. Prasetya and dr. V. Moonsamy, Computing Science
Dr. D.M. Baneke, History and Philosophy of Science
W.F. de Graaf MSc, Mathematical Sciences
Dr. A.A.J. van Keer, Nanomaterials Science
Dr. W.J. van den Berg, Climate Physics
Dr. G.A. Blab, Experimental Physics
Dr. J. de Graaf and Dr. U.U. Gursoy, Theoretical Physics

Board of scientific directors

Each of the directors is responsible for the PhD programme of the institute listed. Together as a board, they advise the board of studies.

Prof. dr. ir. M. Dijkstra, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
Prof. dr. M.R. van den Broeke, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
Prof. dr. S.J.G. Vandoren, Institute for Theoretical Physics
Prof. dr. M.N. Crainic, Mathematics Institute
Prof. dr. M.J. van Kreveld, Utrecht Institute for ICT Research
Prof. dr. W.R. van Joolingen, Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Prof.dr. T. Peitzmann, Institute for Subatomic Physics

Board of Examiners

The board of examiners is responsible for the quality of tests and exams within the school. Its members each represent a cluster of Master's programmes.

Education council (opleidingscommissie)

The education council independently advises the board of studies on the quality of the Master's programmes of the school.

  • Dr. D. Baneke, (chair) and History and Philosophy of Science
  • Drs. M. van Haaften (secretary)
  • Dr. S.J. Overbeek, Information Sciences
  • Dr. D. Panja, Information and Computer Sciences
  • Dr. B.H. Erne, Chemical Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. F. Beukers, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dr. A. Imhof, Physics
  • Dr. G.A.W. Vreeswijk, Artificial Intelligence
  • K. Mobach BSc, student representative, History and Philosophy of Science
  • A. Sprockel BSc, student representative, Chemical Sciences
  • E. Roebroek BSc, student representative, Mathematical Sciences 
  • M.E. de Jager BSc, student representative, Physics
  • T. Alflen BSc, student representative, Information Sciences
  • R. Meuwese BSc, student representative, Computer Sciences
  • N. Uijlen BSc, student representative, Artificial Intelligence

The degree councils (opleidingsadviescommissie) advise the education council on specific Master's programmes. The chairs of the degree councils (or a representative) are members of the education council.

Board of admissions

The board of admissions controls the admission procedures of all programme and exchange students, as well as all non-specific scholarship procedures.

Dr. ir. A.F. van der Stappen (chair)
Dr. J.W. van de Leur
Prof.dr. A.P. Philipse
Dr. A.J. van Delden