Why in Utrecht

Given the fact that I was sure that I wanted a career outside of science, I am convinced that having done the SBM-master was pivotal in my success. If you are sure of that too, I highly recommend this Master.
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Utrecht University offers students cutting-edge facilities, world-renowned degree programmes, and plentiful research opportunities in the natural and life sciences. We have a wide variety of research programmes in the sciences that enables students to easily connect with researchers and projects that fit their interests. Our students benefit from close interactions and in-depth collaboration with staff and researchers.


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.


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. The first week covers all aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development and valorization & industry.

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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. This gives students ample opportunities for excellent internships both at UMC Utrecht and abroad with our international partners. Students 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: two-thirds 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, aa lively student city located in the heart of the Netherlands, and is considered the 'gateway to Europe'. An inspiring city which nurtures talent and creativity.