Extracurricular Opportunities

Add flavour to your Master’s programme:

Honours programmes:

Conferences and workshop

HPS students are stimulated to participate in academic life: attending and even organizing conferences and workshops. Activities can be supported by the Descartes Centre. In recent years, HPS students have organized study trips to conferences in Prague and Oxford, for example, and they have organized conferences featuring prominent scholars such as Bas van Fraassen, Erik Verlinde, Carlo Rovelli and Harry Collins.

Journal for Trial and Error

A group of HPS students has initiated the Journal for Trial and Error, to close the gap between what is researched and what is published in science.

Study Abroad or Internship

It is highly recommended to do an internship or a study abroad of 15 EC, followed by a thesis of 37.5 EC (in consultation with your thesis advisor), instead of a large thesis of 52,5 EC.

Recently, HPS students have studied at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, London School of Economics, Università degli studi di Bologna, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, University of Kyoto and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Recent internships include Boerhaave Museum popular science media; the Rathenau Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation; the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM); and UNESCO.

Double Degree honours programmes in 3 years (180 EC)

Are you interested in more than just one of our Master’s programme? Do you want to look across the boundary of your programme and combine it with another? Are you an excellent student and looking for an extra challenge? In this Honours programme you effectively take two Master’s programmes within the Graduate School of Natural Sciences at the same time. More information.

QBio honours programme

First-year Master’s students of the Utrecht University Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GS-NS) or Life Sciences (GS-LS) can enroll in the QBio honours programme while continuing their 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!

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 EC). Would you like to know more about this programme? Read more about the Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars.