Extracurricular Opportunities

Add flavour to your Master’s programme:

Honours programmes:
Honours programme with Theoretical physics
Double Degree honours programmes in 3 years (180 EC)
Geometry Honours programme
Quantative Biology
Young Innovators
Graduate honours interdisciplinary seminars

Honours programme with Theoretical Physics

Utrecht University offers the best students the option to pursue a programme that covers the full contents of both the mathematical sciences and theoretical physics programmes (180 ECTS). 

The honours programme in Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Sciences consists of the Theoretical Physics programme content with an addition of 30 ECTS of mathematics master’s courses. It further includes an extended research thesis project of 60 ECTS (instead of the standard 45 ECTS) supervised jointly by two staff members, one from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and the other from the Department of Mathematics. In addition, the two secondary electives for the Theoretical Physics programme must come from master-level mathematics courses.

The programme thus consists of;

  • 30 ECTS mandatory physics courses
  • 30 ECTS primary elective theoretical physics courses*
  • 60 ECTS master-level math courses*
  • 60 ECTS research thesis. 

*Alternatively, students may take 22.5 EC of optional Physics courses and 37.5 EC of optional Mathematics courses, and conduct an additional 15 EC internship or research project. The topic of this internship/research project should be different from that of the Research Thesis, and requires approval of both programme directors.

Double Degree honours programmes in 3 years (180 EC)

Are you interested in more than one Master’s programme? Do you want to look across boundaries and combine one programme with another? Are you an excellent student and looking for a challenge? In this Honours programme you take two Master’s programmes within the Graduate School of Natural Sciences at the same time. For instance, you could do Climate Physics and Mathematical Sciences simultaneously, but other combinations are also possible. More information.

Geometry Honours programme

If you are interested in geometry, you can enter an honours programme at the Utrecht Geometry Centre (UGC). In this programme you can compose your own dedicated portfolio in geometry. You enrol in an 'orientation' seminar, attend two master seminars, and receive training in research proposal writing.

Quantative Biology

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