The Graduate School of Natural Sciences offers 11 full Master's programmes and 8 PhD programmes. It is 1 of 8 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, vicedecaan 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
W. Uijttewaal, BSc (student representative)

Programme leaders

Prof. dr. M.M. Dastani, Artificial Intelligence
Prof. dr. S. Brinkkemper and H.A. Reijers, Business Informatics
dr. A.J. van Delden, Climate Physics
Prof. dr. H.L. Bodlaender, Computing Science
Prof. dr. R.J.M. Snellings, Experimental Physics
Prof. dr. M.J. van Kreveld, Game and Media Technology
Prof. dr. L.T.G. Theunissen, History and Philosophy of Science
Prof. dr. J.F.M. Masthoff, Human Computer Interaction
Dr. J.W. van de Leur, Mathematical Sciences
Prof. dr. A.P. Philipse, Nanomaterials Scienc
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.

Prof. dr. F.J. Bex and prof. dr. P. Yolum, Artificial Intelligence
Dr. S. Overbeek and dr. S. Espana, Business Informatics
Dr. W.J. van de Berg, Climate Physics J.M. van den Akker and dr. S.W.B. Prasetya, Computing Science
Dr. G.A. Blab, Experimental Physics
Dr. A. Volk and dr. R.J. Geraerts, Game and Media Technology
Dr. D.M. Baneke, History and Philosophy of Science
Dr. E. L. van den Broek, Human Computer Interaction
W.F. de Graaf MSc, Mathematical Sciences
Dr. E. Mulder, Nanomaterials Science
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 of the GSNS on the quality of the Master's programmes of the School.

For questions about the GSNS Education Council please contact

The Degree Councils (Opleidingsadviescommissies) advise the Education Council on the 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

Drs. M. van Haaften (Admissions Officer)