Why in Utrecht

One Health in Utrecht

The Master’s programme One Health offered by Utrecht University is unique because it connects health of humans, animals and the environment. The programme allows you to combine research and education in a high quality (academic) research environment. You will work independently on two research projects, guided by leading experts in public health, molecular epidemiology, population dynamics, microbiology, and risk analysis. Within these research projects you will acquire research skills and put your gained theoretical knowledge into practice. The programme is hosted by the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), which is a research institute within the faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Science of Utrecht University. The IRAS is a member of a number of national and international research partnerships and is also a WHO collaborating centre. In addition, IRAS is connected to different institutes outside Utrecht University, such as The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Animal Health Service Center, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Graduate School of Life Sciences

Life Sciences is one of the four strategic themes of Utrecht University and is organised in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS). The GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the faculties of Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with UMC Utrecht. Research at the GSLS is highly interdisciplinary, because scientific breakthroughs take place where physics, medicine, chemistry and biology interact.

Introducing Life Sciences 

Every year all new Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences start their academic year with a mandatory introduction week. Introducing Life Sciences (ILS) is part of the course Life Sciences Academy and covers aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development and valorisation & industry.

UMC Utrecht

Students are able to follow their Master’s programme at UMC Utrecht, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Netherlands. UMC Utrecht focuses on a number of fields; selected students get educated by some of the best researchers in these research areas. Students get ample opportunities for excellent internships both at UMC Utrecht and abroad with our international partners. They also have access to the large research infrastructure and research network of the focus areas.

World class 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. Moreover, in a survey among Dutch professors it was proclaimed the best university in the Netherlands. The teaching environment at Utrecht University is international: half of the Utrecht Master's programmes are taught in English. The existing and former academic staff of Utrecht University include twelve Nobel Prize laureates.

City of Utrecht 

The University is situated in Utrecht, a lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands. It is considered the ‘gateway to Europe’. An inspiring city which nurtures talent and creativity.

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