Extracurricular meetings

Throughout the first year, a series of extracurricular meetings are organised (familiarisation sessions) to introduce you to the programme. These sessions include self-introduction to learn about each other’s backgrounds, to discuss the scientific and educational approach more generally, and to address organisation issues. Throughout the year, these sessions focus more on preparation for the Master’s thesis and the study period abroad. 

Urban Future research days

Students enrolled in the Urban and Economic Geography Master’s programme are invited to attend the yearly UF research days. During these days, you can attend presentations about ongoing UF projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to present your own work and receive feedback from UF staff. The research days traditionally have an informal atmosphere and include a social event, which provides excellent opportunities for informal contacts between students and UF staff. You are also invited to attend the regular UF lectures and the seminars series organised by UF programmes and teams of researchers in economic geography, urban geography, development studies, and spatial planning.

Young Innovators

Are you curious, entrepreneurial, intellectually versatile, socially responsible? Do you want to get more out of your Master's programme, and learn to work across disciplinary boundaries to both research and actively (co-)create innovative initiatives that will make the world a slightly better place? Then the Young Innovators honoursprogramme (15 ECTS) might be of interest to you!

Three core areas of research and innovation

The programme will focus on exploring and designing innovations in three areas:

  • Sustainable innovations in health
  • Sustainable innovations in the economy
  • Sustainable innovations in urban living

Think outside your discipline

These multifaceted themes demand the joint efforts of experts from the sciences and humanities alike. They require knowledge of energy, climate dynamics, food, technology, and health. But insights into the dynamics of societies, law and economics, languages and cultures, or history and philosophy are just as essential.

The issues transcend national and cultural borders. Therefore the programme aims at a substantial participation of international students and is taught in English.

Learn more about the Young Innovators.

Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars

Are you an ambitious Master’s student looking for an intellectual challenge? Then apply to join our Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars!

This is a series of small-scale seminars, three to four meetings each, about the focus areas of research at Utrecht University. The topics will be diverse; ranging from global health issues and transition towards sustainability, to trends in youth culture and the philosophy of science. The seminars are hosted by distinguished researchers. Through close discussions with these researchers, you will get a better understanding of what it means to carry out interdisciplinary research, what obstacles researchers face, how to create a good research set-up and how to communicate about it with researchers from other disciplines as well as laymen.

The programme takes one year (7.5 ECTS). Would you like to know more about this programme? Read more about the Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars.