Why in Utrecht

Top rated programme

In the 'Keuzegids Masters' (a Dutch ranking of Master’s programmes) from 2017 onwards, the programme Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism has been rated as one of the best Master’s programmes in the Social Sciences in the Netherlands. It is categorised this year (for the third time) as a 'Top Rated Programme', meaning it has a score that is well above average across the board.

According to students the curriculum in this programme is coherent and stimulating, and the content is judged to be of a high quality, taught by expert professors with a lot of focus on academic skills. 

High Quality rating by NVAO

Our Master’s programme Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism is assessed as ‘Good’ by The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders, NVAO in their last evaluation (December 2015). This means that the programme systematically surpasses the current generic quality standard. A 'Good' is rarely awarded. The NVAO is tasked by the Dutch and Flemish governments as an independent accreditation organisation for an expert and objective assessment of the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Research with an outstanding reputation

The teachers and supervisors of the programme are members of the research group on Migration, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Relations. The programme is interdisciplinary and operates in collaboration with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), which has an international reputation as one of the leading research centres in the field. You will benefit from ERCOMER’s standing cooperative relations with departments in various European countries and worldwide. Furthermore, ERCOMER’s research programme is part of the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS),which is a collaborative effort of the Universities of Utrecht, Groningen, and Nijmegen. The ICS has an international reputation of excellence.

Distinct features of the programme

  • It has an interdisciplinary nature - in particular a combination of social sciences (Sociology) and behavioural sciences (Social and Cultural Psychology).
  • You will learn about the processes of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism in relation to each other.
  • It offers extensive training in advanced methods and statistical modelling.
  • It provides close connections to a research centre with a high-quality research programme (European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations/ICS).
Even though I had never been to Utrecht before moving here, I had only heard good things about the city, and it lived up to my expectations! It is a lively student city, highly international, extremely beautiful, and you can easily move around by bike.
World-class university
Utrecht University
Academy Building Utrecht University

Choosing Utrecht University means choosing one of the best universities in the country. Several renowned international rankings place Utrecht University among the 100 best universities in the world. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Masters' programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates: G. ‘t Hooft, M.J.G. Veltman, P.J. Crutzen, N. Bloembergen, T.C. Koopmans, L.S. Ruzicka, P. Debye, C. Eijkman, R.Magnus, W. Einthoven, W.C. Röntgen and J.H. van ‘t Hoff.

A lively, bustling student city
Utrecht's canals by night
Utrecht's canals by night

Utrecht is a city of unparalleled vitality in the middle of the Netherlands. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. You will find lots of friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants. It is only thirty minutes from Schiphol airport and all of the Netherlands is just a short journey away.

Lonely Planet says Utrecht is "hard not to fall in love with. A vibrant university city, the compact medieval core radiates out from the iconic 15th-century Domtoren, ringed by a loop of very pretty tree-lined canals." 

CNN lists Utrecht as one of the world's best cycling cities.

The Guardian tips Utrecht as "the laidback alternative to Amsterdam".