Study Programme

Nanomaterials Science is a two-year (120 EC) multidisciplinary programme with subject areas in the fields of catalysis, colloid science, and nanophotonics. The programme consists of compulsory and elective courses, an optional short internship and a compulsory research project. This research project (on a topic of your own interest ranging from either pure chemistry to a mixture of physics and chemistry) can already start a few weeks after arrival in the programme. It is possible to start the programme both in September and in February.


The programme curriculum (120 EC) consists of four parts:

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Primary elective courses (22,5 EC) to choose out of a list of pre-determined courses
  • Secondary electives (30 EC)
  • Research project and thesis (52,5 EC)

EC = credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

Secondary electives (30 EC)

There are various options to give shape to the 30 EC of the secondary electives i.e:

  • Following secondary elective courses (30 EC) in or outside Utrecht University
  • Do an internship (30 EC)
  • A combination of the two options above (15 + 15 EC)
  • Following courses on a specific theme: an interdisciplinary profile (30 EC)
What I like about the lectures here is that they build a bridge between theories and present research. You can use what you learn directly in your experiments. The students often work together, and the professors are very nice and helpful.

Interdisciplinary profiles

A profile is a coherent set of courses totaling 30 EC and can be chosen, within the scope of the secondary electives, to expand the thematic range of your Master's programme. The courses are on a single theme that is usually not a standard part of the programme.

Educational profile – teacher degree

If you are passionate about sharing your knowledge, and you would consider a career as a teacher in secondary education, this profile might be right for you. The emphasis of the Educational Profile is on practitioner skills and school-based activities. Throughout the profile, learning theories and teaching methods will be taught closely linked to your day to day work in the classroom. The profile is tailored to meet the professional development needs of teachers in the early stages of their careers. More information.

Complex systems profile

Complex Systems is an interdisciplinary profile for ambitious students from different Master’s programmes, who want to work on modelling solutions within the field of Complex Systems. The profile gives you the opportunity to broaden your view and knowledge from an interdisciplinary angle and widens your opportunities for further development. It prepares you for a career in interdisciplinary fields at, for instance, financial companies. You will receive a Complex Systems certificate. More information.

Applied Data Science

Applied Data Science is a multidisciplinary profile for students who want to better understand and be able to apply Data Science methods, techniques, and processes to solve real-world problems in various application domains. The foundations of applied data science include relevant statistical methods, machine learning techniques and script programming. Moreover, key aspects and implications of ethics, privacy and law are covered as well. Data science methods and techniques are investigated using case studies and applications throughout the life sciences & health, social sciences, geosciences, and the humanities. More information.