Programme features

A unique feature of the Utrecht SEC programme is the integration of disciplinary knowledge with science teaching and science communication in a single research-oriented Master’s programme. The programme is flexible and allows substantial room for your own choices.

Centre of Expertise in Science and Mathematics Education

The programme is offered by the Graduate School of Teaching, which involves a close collaboration between the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and the Freudenthal Institute at the Faculty of Science, each bringing their own kinds of expertise.

As a student in this programme, you will conduct your research project at the Freudenthal Institute of Faculty of Science, which is the major national centre in science and mathematics education research.

World-class university
De Dom gezien vanaf de Oudegracht
Domchurch as seen from the Oudegracht.

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, and 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.

Shanghai ranking: Best university in the Netherlands

Natural Science and Mathematics at Utrecht University are at 53rd place on the Shanghai Ranking. Overall, Utrecht University is ranked as the best university in the Netherlands.

CHE ranking: Top 4 in Europe

Due to high-quality research in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, Utrecht University earned a top position within the prestigious CHE ranking. Utrecht University, ETH Zurich, Imperial College London, and Cambridge University are the top 4 of Europe's 56 top universities.

Victor J. Koningsberger-building at Utrecht Science Park