Utrecht University

Introduction

Utrecht University

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned in the top 15 in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities.

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Innovative and internationally oriented academic community

Joining Utrecht University as a master’s student will make you part of an innovative and internationally oriented academic community — that brought forward no less than 12 Nobel Prize winners - engaged in cutting-edge and multi-disciplinary teaching and research.

Utrecht scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to society include Nobel Prize winner Christiaan Eijkman, one of the discoverers of vitamin; neuropharmacologist David de Wied, who won national and international acclaim for his discovery that neuropeptides (small proteins) control brain activity and behaviour; and the latest Nobel Prize winner Gerard ’t Hooft, a prominent scientist in the field of theoretical physics. They also include Johanna Westerdijk (Dutch only), the first female professor in the Netherlands.

Personal and interactive teaching

At Utrecht University you will experience a model of quality education that stands for personal and interactive teaching based on critical reflection and debate, flexibility and a level of choice for students, as well as permanent professional development for lecturers.

Students and Programmes

Utrecht University counts over 30,000 students from 118 countries. You can choose between 143 graduate programmes, 87 of which are English-taught, and 32 teacher training programmes (both Dutch and English-taught) - the widest range of English-taught graduate programmes in the Netherlands.
A Master’s Programme at Utrecht University is a 1- or 2-year programme leading to a Science degree (MSc), Arts degree (MA) or Laws degree (LLM). On top of a Master's Programme you can take part in the Young Innovators Programme: a selective 15 ECTS honours course at graduate level.

Professional field

The connection with the professional field is consistently embedded in the curricula of UU master’s programmes. A Career Services centre will support your transition into the Dutch or international postgraduate job market.

Top 5 happiest places to live

English is widely spoken in the Netherlands. Utrecht is a beautiful medieval city, centrally located in the Netherlands. Amsterdam and Schiphol Airpoft are less than half an hour away, and there are easy train connections throughout Europe. It is with good reason that BBC Travel placed Utrecht in the “top 5 happiest places to Iive’ Bright minds, better future.

How to apply?

Our application process is done online. Please visit our website for more information on the application process.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our Masters programmes, please do get in touch with us.
Student Services
Tel: +31 30 253 7000 (Monday to Friday, 10-12 am and 1-3 pm)
Email: studentservices@uu.nl
Visitors’ address: UU for U, Student Services, Heidelberglaan 6, de Uithof (Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm)

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Programmes

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MSc

LLM/MSc Law and Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In the Master’s programme Law and Economics, you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance, and mergers. [+]

In the Master’s programme Law and Economics, you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance, and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines. GROWING DEMAND FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY EXPERTS Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues, and governance. In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as: the European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel; UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition; the European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global; the adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things; the demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse; and the relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones. REAL INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO DISCIPLINES If you have a Law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc degree in Law and Economics. Students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognized as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance. FOCUSED ON BOTH THE LEGAL AND ECONOMICS PERSPECTIVES Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on market regulation from both the legal and the economics perspectives, this Master’s programme will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set. The curriculum will provide you with the academic knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding, and research and analytical skills required for either a professional or academic career at the intersection of economics and law (you can explore your career prospects here). You will also learn to communicate effectively with professionals from either discipline. Upon graduation, you will be: capable of conducting independent research in the areas of law and economics; able to solve problems in the areas of law and economics, both independently and with others, while taking societal considerations into account; apply legal and economic knowledge, theories and models for the testing or the development of policies of firms, organizations, or governmental bodies; and be able to professionally collaborate with others in interdisciplinary teams while evaluating one’s own performances, and contribute to combining and generating new knowledge within the team. [-]

Master in Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This programme will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology. [+]

Note: starting September 2017 this programme will be the successor of the existing Clinical and Health programme How can mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and grieving problems best be studied and treated? How can we prevent it from occuring, improve treatment results and prevent relapse? These and similar kinds of questions you will address in the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology. You will acquire and develop fundamental knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychotherapies and become familiar with the research methods in the field of clinical psychology. Driven by research and clinical experience The lecturers from this Master’s programme work in clinical practice and/or do state-of-the-art theoretical or applied research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice feeds the teaching approach. Learn to work in a multi/disciplinary way Clinical psychology is always interacting with other disciplines due to the context in which behavioural and health problems arise. Examples are medicine, biology, neurology, pharmacology, economics, sociology and social psychology. This will therefore be a considerable focus of attention. Some lectures will also be taught by (guest) lecturers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. And finally, you will often work in a multi-disciplinary context during your internship as well. International character The Clinical Psychology Master’s programme will mainly be taught in English. It is possible however to follow your seminars in Dutch. Our programme’s content and context have a strong international character and you will have plenty of opportunity for international orientation (thesis, internship, symposiums). The NIP´s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics The clinical Master’s degree offers Dutch-speaking students the opportunity to acquire the NIP’s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics (BAPD). You can also apply for different postgraduate programmes (Healthcare psychology; in Dutch: GZ-psycholoog) or pursue a doctoral degree. For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists. Objective of the programme This programme will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology. You are familiar with research methods from mental healthcare and can translate that knowledge to practice. You know what it’s like to work in a multi-disciplinary team. General programme In a variety of courses in the Clinical Psychology programme, you will study relevant theoretical models, concepts and themes and the associated empirical findings. You will learn to make an independent contribution to problem analyses, diagnosis and psychotherapeutic treatment of psychological problems and disorders. You will work towards becoming a scientist-practitioner, applying critical scientific thinking in concrete situations of mental health and illness. We also devote considerable attention to working in a team. By completing the Academic Professional course you prepare for your future job. Internship and Master’s thesis You will do an internship in clinical practice or in a research organisation. While conducting your thesis research, you will gain considerable experience with designing and carrying out an empirical study and reporting your results. The internship * is always outside the university. Most students opt to do an internship in the practice of mental healthcare. You can also do an internship with a research or policy focus.While writing your thesis, you will gain considerable experience with designing and carrying out a research plan and reporting your results. For example in a scientific article. Career Prospects TRANSITION TO THE LABOUR MARKET The programme prepares you for work in the mental healthcare field. You will, for example, be qualified to work as: a basic psychologist (in a clinical setting) You can work at various types of institutions such as: institutions for (ambulatory) mental healthcare (such as the Riagg ambulatory mental health services) hospitals care and nursing homes rehabilitation centres psychiatric institutions institutions for refugee care judicial institutions practice support General Practitioner care [-]

Master in Social, Health and Organisational Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. [+]

"Just do it!" With the help of advertising campaigns, companies try to sell their products. What works and what doesn't? Project-X parties organized via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In this Master’s programme, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context. Tracks During this Master’s programme, you will choose between the following three tracks: Social Influence: about the social influence of behaviour and attitude change Health Promotion: about improving health-related behaviour Work and Organisation: about the functioning and wellbeing of individuals and teams in organisations By choosing a track and elective courses you can explore your personal field of interest. Research driven This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. Connecting theory and practice is essential in our master. You will develop theory-driven interventions by means of the PATH model (Problem-Analysis-Test-Help). "Every organisation wants enthusiastic employees. But what can they do to get them?" International orientation The courses in this Master's programme are rooted in international scientific literature. On top of that, you can do your internship and thesis abroad. Programme objectives You will gain specialised knowledge, skills and insights in the fields of Social Psychology, Health Psychology and/or Work and Organisational Psychology. Your development as an academic professional is of central concern. As a Master's graduate, you will be able to analyse and propose interventions for social, health or organisational issues, such as: integration and participation issues consumer behaviour employability of employees innovation and performance in organizations radicalisation gender inequality self-regulation issues health-related behaviour “Health is one of the most important things in our lives. Why do people nevertheless find it so difficult to engage in healthy behavior?” Career Prospects ENTERING THE LABOUR MARKET The knowledge and skills you gain in this Master's programme provide access to a broad spectrum of occupational opportunities. Graduates get (sometimes after a traineeship or further education) a large variety of jobs in commercial organisations and in the public sector. You can also start your own company. Due to the strong international focus of our programme, you are an attractive employee for organisations from all over the world. Professional jobs organisational consultant trainer, coach expert in behaviour change health psychologist project manager consultant for public communication, consultant for marketing or advertising consultant for recruitment & selection, HRM work psychologist Staff, coordination and policy occupations These officials work at: commercial organisations (national or international) government institutions Education and research occupations These officials work at: universities government institutions research institutes such as TNO [-]

MSc Artificial Intelligence

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Artificial Intelligence is a fast-paced and challenging field that is making visible inroads into our everyday life. Natural language processing of the type used in smartphones or Google Translate has become commonplace. [+]

A QUICKLY CHANGING AND CHALLENGING FIELD Artificial Intelligence is a fast-paced and challenging field that is making visible inroads into our everyday life. Natural language processing of the type used in smartphones or Google Translate has become commonplace. Characters in virtual worlds are becoming smarter, leading to more natural, interesting, and useful experiences in computer games and simulations. In California, self-driving cars with sensors and GPS are tested that can autonomously drive you to your destination. Research shows that we can enhance human cognitive functions by directly linking the brain to a computer. IBM’s Watson system, which defeated the best human players in the popular American TV quiz Jeopardy, shows that large-scale knowledge based systems can have practical use. The Master’s in Artificial Intelligence offers you an integrative and cutting-edge approach to the field from the viewpoints of Informatics, Logic, Cognition, Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics. Students can choose from three tracks: Agents Cognitive processing Reasoning Choosing from a broad range of courses you can tailor the programme to your personal interests within Artificial Intelligence. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE As a graduate of the Artificial Intelligence programme, you will have a solid understanding of the logical, philosophical, and cognitive foundations of AI research. You will also have a good overview of the main AI techniques and an in-depth understanding of how to apply these techniques in at least one of the areas within multi-agent systems, reasoning, or cognitive processing. In addition, you will have the skills to carry out AI research in academic or R&D environments and to identify how AI techniques can provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organisations. [-]

MSc Banking and Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This MSc in Banking and Finance provides you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a career in a variety of financial institutions and with a focus on banks, investment funds and regulation. [+]

Financial markets play a key role in the current and future stability of firms, government bodies, states – and of course of the individual and society as a whole. If you want to make a positive impact on the future of international finance, the Master’s in Banking and Finance at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the programme for you. Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this multidisciplinary finance Master’s will show you the interplay of three fundamental factors: financial markets must be supervised effectively to function well; financial institutions – specifically banks – play a major part in the efficient functioning of these markets; and sustainability of financial solutions is an important aspect and requirement for a new generation of bankers and regulators. The Sustainable Finance Lab in Utrecht is at the heart of a national and international debate in Finance and is well integrated into this master specialization. BANKING AND FINANCE In the Master in Banking and Finance you will focus on international financial markets, the function and behaviour of banks and bankers, the regulatory institutions that govern banks and other financial institutions worldwide, the effectiveness of regulation and the banks’ strategic allocation, funding and investment decisions, and the sustainability of financial solutions and concepts. CAREER PERSPECTIVES The Utrecht University MSc in Banking and Finance is an excellent foundation for many positions within international firms. The programme trains you to become an effective economist with a sound understanding of the interplay between financial institutions and international capital markets. You will understand clearly the practical impact of the financial industry on the people of the world, using a management perspective that takes a broader societal view into account. As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for a range of different careers in financial institutions or the financial service industry like (international) banks, investment funds, insurance firms, pension funds or financial market regulators. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This MSc in Banking and Finance provides you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a career in a variety of financial institutions and with a focus on banks, investment funds and regulation. You will gain specialised knowledge, for example in sustainable finance, which is highly relevant for a new generation of bankers and regulators. This Master’s programme includes all important aspects of modern banking and finance. On this basis you have the opportunity to specialize in fields like international financial markets, investment banking, and sustainable finance. Much of what you will be confronted with is practice related, in the form of real-world cases or engagement with professionals from financial institutions and regulatory agencies. You will also be able to actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a major thesis. You will have the opportunity to be part of high-profile debates in the Sustainable Finance Lab on the role of finance and how to make it more sustainable. By the end of this programme in Utrecht you will be able to: understand how financial assets are priced; manage investments in financial assets; understand how (international) financial markets function and how they are regulated; understand financial risk and how it is managed in financial insitutions; understand the role of banks and how they function; understand the challenges and possible solutions to make finance more sustainable; put academic knowledge and skills into practice; conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and business; solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration; demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology; manage your own personal and professional development. [-]

MSc Bio Inspired Innovation

Campus Full time February 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This programme is aimed at Life Sciences students who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in bio inspired design and science.Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. [+]

LEARNING FROM NATURE: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. Nature has evolved solutions for the societal challenges we face. BII is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in the (Life) Sciences who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in using bio inspired design and science. You can become the biologist at the design table and facilitate innovations that take their lessons from nature. You will become a professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations. INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DESIGN This Master’s programme builds on the excellent research at the Faculty of Science and links research findings to solve societal and business challenges. The first year is research based, while the second year focuses on the use of research knowledge in innovation. In the first year you will be part of an advanced research environment linking to your area of expertise (major research project). You learn to set up and execute research and discuss and report its outcomes. Moreover you will start to explore and learn about multi-disciplinary innovation, collaborative business modelling and design. You will attend seminars and workshops, some of which you will organise yourself, that allow you to prepare yourself for the second year. In the second year you will get in depth knowledge of Biomimicry and other design and innovation methods through courses and an internship. Career Prospects This Master’s programme prepares you to become a highly qualified professional, who is able to function in an academic, business or other organisational environment. You will be a change-agent and resource professional for organistations that aim to be part of a sustainable society with guaranteed food supply. We actively support your efforts to become a bio inspired circular economy expert, innovator entrepreneur, scientist or consultant. [-]

MSc Business Development and Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master’s of Business Development and Entrepreneurship provides the analytical tools and skills for new business development in established and new organizations. The programme provides both the scientific knowledge and the practical skills needed for the identification and exploitation of new opportunities, while creating new value and well-being for all stakeholders. [+]

Why take on a Master’s in Business Development and Entrepreneurship? Our globalized, digital economy has created many new opportunities in the world of business. Routine tasks have been automated, meaning that human creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset to initiate successful new ideas and develop wholly new markets has become ever more important. In such an environment, learning how to create a context in which new ventures emerge and flourish is of utmost importance. Capturing value from innovation, product and service development, and modern marketing techniques are important capabilities for the future-facing young professional. If you are energized by the possibilities of this new world of business, and want to contribute to the success of entrepreneurial (or intrapreneurial) ventures, the Utrecht University MSc in Business Development and Entrepreneurship gives you the practical abilities, networks, and strong academic foundations you need. The Master’s of Business Development and Entrepreneurship provides the analytical tools and skills for new business development in established and new organizations. The programme provides both the scientific knowledge and the practical skills needed for the identification and exploitation of new opportunities, while creating new value and well-being for all stakeholders. The focus is on venture development, as well as on entrepreneurial marketing using co-creation with customers and design thinking. In addition, there is strong emphasis on obtaining and managing (venture) capital. CAREER PERSPECTIVES The MSc in Business Development and Entrepreneurship trains you to become an expert in creating an environment in which new ventures can take hold and flourish. This expertise is highly sought after in business development functions (including innovation, marketing and finance) in large (multinational) corporations. The same applies in entrepreneurial teams, start-ups and various other economic development functions. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Master’s programme in Business Development and Entrepreneurship prepares professionals to create new value in an uncertain future. The programme is focused on delivering tools, skills and techniques to recognize and develop new opportunities, within established organizations as well as start-ups. The programme specifically focuses on these key components: Market analysis and empirical techniques for such analysis, including customer development. Strategy creation. Special attention is paid to the launch of new products and services. Organizing and managing fast-growing corporations and corporate units, internally as well as in value-creating networks. Financing new ventures, especially in a corporate environment. You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a major thesis. By the end of this programme at Utrecht University you will be able to: put academic knowledge and skills into practice; solve business and societal problems independently and in teams; create a context in which new ventures emerge and flourish; manage your own personal and professional development. [-]

MSc Business Informatics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master in Business Informatics combines theory, methods, and techniques from business and organisational science with the tools and practices of information and computing science. Our interdisciplinary approach addresses key issues faced by organisations and business managers across the globe. [+]

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN ICT AND BUSINESS The Master in Business Informatics combines theory, methods, and techniques from business and organisational science with the tools and practices of information and computing science. Our interdisciplinary approach addresses key issues faced by organisations and business managers across the globe. Successfully aligning ICT with an organisation’s business processes requires both technological and managerial insight. In this programme you can specialise in one of the following three career areas: ICT Researcher (PhD) - Prepares for a career as a scientist and focuses on researching innovations in information science.

Analyst - Prepares for a career as a consultant who provides advice or services on business matters related to ICT, or on ICT matters related to business. ... [-]


MSc Climate Physics

Campus Full time February 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The MSc in Climate Physics is a two-year research Master’s programme that provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the fundamental physical processes that regulate the Earth’s climate system, including the dynamics of the planet’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate. [+]

ADDRESS THE CLIMATE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE Our Master’s programme in Climate Physics offers you a unique combination of theoretical courses and practical training in all aspects of the Earth’s climate. You’ll study the physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere – as well as explore their interactions. The two-year Climate Physics programme trains you to be a highly skilled researcher by focusing on the fundamental physical processes that make up the Earth’s climate system. The complex nature of the work requires advanced mathematical skills right from the start. You will build on this foundation by adding specialised theoretical, observational, and computational knowledge and skills relating to the atmosphere, meteorology, oceans, cryosphere (ice), and biosphere. Moreover, your instructors will encourage you to develop a critical attitude towards your research results and your underlying assumptions. Teaching staff Our teaching staff include leading experts from the five research fields encompassed by the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU): Ocean Circulation and Climate Physical Oceanography of the Coastal Zone Atmospheric Dynamics and the Hydrological Cycle Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Ice and Climate PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The MSc in Climate Physics is a two-year research Master’s programme that provides students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate the fundamental physical processes that regulate the Earth’s climate system, including the dynamics of the planet’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate. [-]

MSc Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. Armed with scientific insights and competencies, you will give advice, support, treatment and guidance concerning problematic childrearing issues. [+]

BREAK THROUGH, PREVENT OR IMPROVE PROBLEMATIC CHILDREARING SITUATIONS Do you find it fascinating to investigate how the environment influences the upbringing and development of children and young people? Do you want to contribute to achieving an optimal upbringing and development climate for children and young people? Childrearing is not always easy. The Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies emphasises the childrearing needs of children, youth and parents. As a remedial educationalist, you can diagnose, treat and help prevent childrearing and development problems at home and/or in an institution. Moreover, you can contribute to the innovation of pedagogic care systems. This Master’s programme will train you to become a competent professional so you are able to analyse and influence problematic childrearing situations and it will enable you to contribute to the innovation of pedagogic care systems. The working language is English This programme’s working language is English, with the option of completing individual components in Dutch, such as your thesis, internship report or other individual assignments. You can also decide to follow the programme completely in English, along with the international students who are taking our Master’s programme. Specialising We offer you a programme with two specialisations (‘tracks’). Orthopedagogical Care for Children, Youth and Parents (direct client contact) Orthopedagogical Systems & Innovation (indirect client contact) The tracks are distinguished by the content of your internship, thesis and individual electives. In this way you can create a unique profile. Preparing for the labour market In the programme you will learn to research practical questions from an orthopedagogical viewpoint. This will enable you to help families and their surrounding networks (schools, neighbourhood teams, etc.). The Master’s programme fulfils the requirements of the Dutch (Professional) Association of Educationalists (NVO) for registration as a general remedial educationalist. Following completion of the programme you can register as a general remedial educationalist and work as a behavioural scientist in various institutions for orthopedagogical care and childrearing issues. Possible fields in which you can work include: youth services forensic care disabled care child rehabilitation student care educational institutions national knowledge institutes for childrearing issues Research feeds education Our staff members are particpating in highly qualified research in the field of education, development and learning. (For example: research programmes Child and Adolescent Studies and Education and Learning) Aside from their research work, they also teach classes for this Master’s programme. This means you will benefit from recent scientific insights into the orthopedagogical field. Moreover, as a Master’s student your thesis can contribute to the current research within the programme; Extra support for toddlers: KleuterExtra (“ToddlerExtra”) A pupil who has a good relationship with his/her teacher is more motivated and performs better What works against bullying? Prevent young people drinking at too young an age Focus on other scientific disciplines As a remedial educationalist, you will frequently encounter complex childrearing problems that not only requires knowledge of (ortho)pedagogy but also of other specialisations. You will therefore also devote attention to related scientific fields such as developmental psychology, neuropsychology, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and juvenile justice. You will learn to approach childrearing problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Objective of the programme This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. Armed with scientific insights and competencies, you will give advice, support, treatment and guidance concerning problematic childrearing issues. As a remedial educationalist, you will also make an important contribution to the research of practical care issues related to children and youth. You will be able to apply scientific theories in practice. Thanks in part to you, children, youth, their parents and the systems surrounding them will function to their optimum potential. [-]

MSc Computing Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In the Master’s programme Computing Science, you will learn the advanced concepts, software design methods, problem-solving techniques, and analytic skills necessary to create information-driven systems and applications for our diverse society. [+]

INFORMATION-DRIVEN IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY Software systems enable us to do things that would otherwise be difficult, time-consuming, or even impossible. In the Master’s programme Computing Science, you will learn the advanced concepts, software design methods, problem-solving techniques, and analytic skills necessary to create information-driven systems and applications for our diverse society. Within the programme, you can select one of four tracks: Programming Technology Algorithm Design and Analysis Advanced Planning and Decision Making Algorithmic Data Analysis The programme is research oriented. You will explore theories and techniques in computing science and software design as well as participate in the research done to advance the field. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE To successfully design software, you first need to describe and analyse the relevant domain and its properties using language, modeling, or data. You then need to develop suitable software technologies and algorithms to derive the outcomes you want to achieve. Finally, you need an easy and efficient way to implement these components and turn them into an actual application. You will learn to analyse and develop the concepts, design methods, and techniques underlying all of these steps. Examples of applications you may explore include: the optimal routing of electricity from producers to consumers process mining of hospital patient careflow data to improve efficiency and quality of patient care advanced technologies for developing correct and efficient software [-]

MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad. [+]

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD Despite strong globalisation forces, social and cultural sameness don’t increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt. Why? To answer that question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis. International fieldwork This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad. Interdisciplinary character Several courses offer an interdisciplinary setting, in which you can explore topics that relate not only to anthropology but also to e.g. political sociology, social justice and psychology. Research schools The research program is firmly embedded in local, national and international research contexts, demonstrated through external professorial appointments and national and international collaboration. The research program Sovereignty and Social Contestation participates in the university’s research focus area of Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights. Research and PhD training are situated in the KNAW-accredited research school CERES. Courses are taught by staff members with strong international reputations and standing, such as Dr Cristina Grasseni, Dr Kees Koonings, Prof. Ivan Komproe, Dr Hans de Kruijf, Dr Geert Mommersteeg, Dr Martijn Oosterbaan, Prof. Ton Robben and Dr Gerdien Steenbeek. Best master This programme was rated as the best Master’s Programme out of a total of thirteen MA programs in anthropology and development studies. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Master in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia ((including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private enterprises. From the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University makes sure that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis. If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's programme in Cultural Anthropoloy: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this programme is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on the issue of power and (violent) conflict and the state. [-]

MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s degree programme will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focussed skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice. [+]

Explore the relationship between citizenship, cultural diversity, and social sustainability. Violent protests against the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil, the Occupy movements in Madrid and New York, and social unrest and protests from Cairo to Kiev – these developments have held the world in their grip and pushed governments to recognise the voices of their citizens. Small island developing states, such as Aruba and Tuvalu, are the frontrunners of the transition to a sustainable economy and social welfare. In transition towns in the Netherlands and elsewhere, active citizens are restructuring their own living environment and “participative society” to be more sustainable and social. The business world has also discovered the concept of sustainable and socially responsible enterprise. Sustainability is not only about the environment, climate, or economy. The social component also demands attention – and requires actively involved citizens in various positions. Their roles span from social citizens to players in political decision-making, and from consumers to carers for health and the environment. In the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship, you’ll study these developments and citizenship initiatives through a focus on the triangle of People, Planet, and Profit. Innovative methodology Anthropologists continually focus on cultural diversity and differences based on ethnicity, class, gender, age, and health. This Master’s programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate these facets of life and their interrelationships. During your studies, you will learn traditional anthropological methods and techniques (fieldwork, participatory observation, and qualitative interviews). However, you will also work with innovative methodologies in the area of narrative and digital ethnography as well as the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL), which engages in cutting-edge combinations of aesthetics, digital media, and ethnography. You will also explore ethical dilemmas and your own social responsibility as an anthropologist. International fieldwork and research The programme offers you a comprehensive learning environment with an international and comparative perspective. You will have the opportunity to go abroad for your field research and internship, and you can attend seminars of the research group Sovereignty and Social Contestation, to which international researchers and lecturers are regularly invited. This Master’s programme is offered through the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and numerous staff members participate in the programme. Best Master’s degree programme This programme was rated the best Master’s degree programme in the Netherlands Learn to integrate theory and practice PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This Master’s degree programme will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focussed skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice. Do you want to pursue a career as a scientific researcher? If so, the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation might be a better fit for your goals. This programme concentrates on the issue of power and (violent) conflict versus the state, while the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship focusses on citizenship in relation to a sustainable living environment. [-]

MSc Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The two-year Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development. [+]

How do socialisation contexts influence the development of children and adolescents? Why is it that young males in particular tend to get involved in crime? Is it because they have the ‘wrong’ friends? Were they not socialised properly? Is it due to dispositional factors? Are there hereditary factors at work? From the day a child is born, his family and the culture in which he’s raised have a huge impact on his socioemotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential on his development. The two-year Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyse this development. Normal and abnormal socioemotional development The programme focusses on both normal and abnormal development processes. Explicit attention is given to the study of interventions and risk factors in children’s and adolescent’s cognitive and social-emotional development and adjustment. Through the course topics, you’ll address questions such as: What are the early markers of development going awry? How can we improve the way negative outcomes in children and adolescents are prevented or treated? This Master’s programme combines advanced coursework with the development of hands-on skills. International focus All courses and communications are in English and the programme is designed to allow you to practice advanced English communication skills while gaining an international perspective on topics related to development and socialisation. Some of the lecturers are from abroad (US, Belgium, Croatia, and Finland) or hold positions abroad (UK), and the programme attracts a number of international students. You will also have the opportunity to visit English-speaking conferences in the Netherlands organised by the participating research groups. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Master’s programme in Development and Socialisation is designed as preparation for PhD research. By starting the programme with the foundation of a Bachelor’s degree in (developmental) psychology, pedagogy, or interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll develop into a qualified researcher with excellent job perspectives. The programme is strongly driven by research, and your lecturers and supervisors will be members of the four research groups in the research priority area Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS). Do you wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university environment? This programme provides training for that as well, and it also offers you the possibility of obtaining a clinical starting qualification. [-]

MSc Earth, Life and Climate

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

On our Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. [+]

EXPLORE PROCESSES AFFECTING THE EARTH'S LIFE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT On our Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans. The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction. You can choose one of four tracks based on your specific interests: Integrated Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Systems Climate Reconstruction Biogeosciences and Evolution Environmental Geochemistry Societal and scientific challenges On this programme, you will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. You will utilise these skills in your own research project or on the traineeships you can take in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research. The programme focuses on the following societal and scientific questions: How does the Earth’s climate system respond to higher levels of atmospheric CO2? How fast do ice sheets respond to global warming? How are regional patterns of precipitation controlled by changes in monsoon strength or El Niño? How resilient is the ocean to chemical perturbations? How sensitive are ecosystems and biodiversity to environmental change? How and when did life originate on Earth? How are resources, such as fossil fuels and metal deposits, formed? [-]

MSc Earth Structure and Dynamics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet. [+]

STUDY PROCESSES AT OR NEAR THE EARTH'S SURFACE In the Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will explore the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core. During this two-year programme, you will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet. Specialise in any aspect of Solid Earth Science The programme combines physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, and field studies to address how the solid Earth works. It allows you to specialise in virtually any aspect of solid Earth science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry. Many students choose a combined geology-geophysics focus. Core areas of teaching and research The main subject areas you will study consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. You will examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2. In the programme, you will address questions such as: How do mountain belts and sedimentary basins form? How can we image the internal structure of the crust and mantle? How does plate tectonics really work and how can we model it? What controls volcanic eruptions and earthquakes? Can CO2 be safely stored in reservoir rocks in the Earth’s crust? You can choose one of three specialisation tracks based on your interests in the field: Earth Materials Physics of the Deep Earth and Planets Basins, Orogens, and the Crust-Lithosphere System PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Earth Structure and Dynamics programme focuses on all aspects of the solid Earth as a key component of system Earth – and therefore of Earth system science. This encompasses the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the solid Earth over the full range of spatial and temporal scales as well as the role of solid Earth structure and processes in societally relevant issues such as energy, geo-resources, and geohazards. Examples include understanding the physics of tectonically – or human – induced earthquakes, volcanic hazards or petroleum, mineral, sustainable or unconventional resources. Knowledge of these aspects has direct relevance for professional profiles and future job opportunities. [-]

MSc Earth Surface and Water

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Earth Surface and Water programme trains students to quantitatively study the natural and human-induced physical and chemical processes, patterns, and dynamics of Earth’s continental and coastal systems as well as their responses to global change. [+]

EXPLORE PROCESSES AT OR NEAR THE EARTH'S SURFACE The Master’s programme in Earth Surface and Water involves the study of natural and human-induced physical and geochemical processes, patterns, and dynamics of the Earth’s continental and coastal systems. This two-year programme provides you with knowledge that is essential to manage the planet sustainably, guarantee the availability of resources for future generations, and understand and avert natural hazards. The main subject areas you will study consist of the dynamics of coastal and river systems, (geo-)hydrological processes, groundwater remediation, land degradation in dry lands and mountainous regions, natural hazards, and delta evolution on centennial and longer time scales. You can choose one of four tracks based on your interests in the field: Geohazards and Earth Observation Coastal Dynamics and Fluvial Systems Hydrology Environmental Geochemistry Core areas of research The Earth Surface and Water programme trains students to quantitatively study the natural and human-induced physical and chemical processes, patterns, and dynamics of Earth’s continental and coastal systems as well as their responses to global change. Students explore and understand the modelling capabilities of the past, present, and future as well as the evolution of Earth’s environment, including human impact on this evolution. In the programme, you will address questions such as: How do river floods affect delta systems and their inhabitants? How can we use natural processes under climate change to maintain safe - yet attractive and dynamic - coastlines? How can satellite images be used to estimate erosion losses? Will we have enough water to sustain the world’s rapidly increasing population in 2050? What is the most efficient way to clean an oil spill that enters the soil and groundwater? The programme trains students to combine field observations and laboratory experiments with the latest developments in remote sensing and computational methods. Research developed by our staff and students has a strong international profile, encompasses scales ranging from microscopic to global, and concerns both past and contemporary processes. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Physical geographers, geochemists, and hydrologists are necessary to identify nature’s actions in our modern world, especially with society’s ever-increasing pressure on the natural environment. The Earth Surface and Water programme therefore focusses on imminent societal problems, such as society’s increased vulnerability to climate and environmental changes and to natural hazards such as flooding, storms, and mass movements. It also addresses the threats and opportunities resulting from human activity on our physical environment, including the hydrological cycle. [-]

MSc Economic Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The MSc in Economic Policy will provide you with the sound theoretical knowledge and advanced analytical skills required to work in the complex, challenging and important field of economic and public policy. [+]

What are the primary tasks of government in a market-based society. How do we deal with the long term challenges from new technologies, demographic shifts and environmental change? Are our current pension and healthcare systems strong enough to cope with an ageing population? What policies are required to achieve environmental sustainability and who is responsible for taking action? If you are strongly motivated to contribute to just and effective decisions in economic policy-making, the Master’s in Economic Policy at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the right choice for you. The MSc in Economic Policy deals with complex societal issues, with a focus on the role of government policies, ranging from the organisation of care and the provision of social insurance to policies of sustainable growth. In this programme you will learn to apply modern economics to questions relating to labour market reform, inequality, the future of education and health care, energy transition and sustainable economic growth. This one-year MSc in Economic Policy will equip you with the skills, mindset and multidisciplinary knowledge, needed to give informed responses to the questions facing contemporary society. You will take courses that combine economic theory with socio-economic policy-making in a small group of students representing diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity helps to create a learning environment that encourages intense discussion and interaction. CAREER PERSPECTIVES As a graduate of this Master’s programme, you will be well-prepared for a range of careers in both the public and private sector. Our alumni have gone on to develop careers as economics policy advisors for government agencies at a national, European and international level; as economic professionals in the public domain of public administration, health care, education and social security; or as consultants in sustainable transitions and energy economics. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The MSc in Economic Policy will provide you with the sound theoretical knowledge and advanced analytical skills required to work in the complex, challenging and important field of economic and public policy. As a graduate, you will contribute to societal development by designing and implementing new solutions to the complex and multifaceted issues facing governments organisations and society today. You will consolidate your expertise in both economics and the social sciences by studying the following core subjects: Econometric Methods in Empirical Economics Public and Political Economics Sustainable Growth Labour Market Reform Behavioural Economics Energy transition Social Security You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a master’s thesis. By the end of this programme in Utrecht you will be able to: put academic knowledge and skills into practice; conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and policy; solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration; demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology; manage your own personal and professional development. [-]

MSc Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? The Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction invites you to tackle these topics and more. [+]

We never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something. Explore the complexity of cognitive and social learning processes Do you want to disentangle and understand the complex interaction of development, education, and learning? Are you curious about how processes in educational contexts relate to the cognitive and social development of children, youth, and adults? The Master’s Programme in Educational Sciences: Learning in Interaction invites you to tackle these topics and more. Education can sometimes be dull and ineffective. We can change that through recognizing and developing the concept that we never learn alone. We always learn by interacting with someone or something, such as: people who are more knowledgeable than us (teachers or more advanced fellow students); people who are equally knowledgeable as us (peers or in teams); or artefacts (the environment around us, books, or computers). There are more and more opportunities to use multimedia in the classroom. But is it always effective? It is crucial that the source of learning connects with the way our memory operates. Only then children can find their way through the material. If you’re interested in learning about and carrying out high-quality research into these interactions, you can make a real difference in learning, teaching, and instruction. Research-focused This programme is offered by the Department of Child, Family, and Education Studies is a part of Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It is based in the research priority area Education and Learning, which is embedded in local, national, and international research networks. International The presence of students from multiple countries offers you opportunities to explore issues in education and learning within a broader international perspective. Researchers and scholars from abroad are also invited for guest lectures and research seminars. We encourage all students to participate in international research seminars or to complete an internship abroad. Multidisciplinary This multidisciplinary two-year programme allows you to synthesize insights from education, psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. Our lecturers represent different disciplinary backgrounds, such as developmental psychology, educational sciences, experimental psychology, human movement science, linguistics, pedagogics, natural sciences, and sociology. This broad range of perspectives will help you develop a comprehensive outlook on issues in educational sciences. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE As a graduate of this Master's programme, you’ll be a well-qualified practitioner in educational and learning sciences. You’ll have thorough knowledge of current developmental, learning, and teaching theories as well as the neurobiological basis of education and learning. In addition, you’ll have the tools and expertise to conduct high-quality research in education. The programme prepares you equally well for a career as a PhD candidate or as an applied researcher outside academia. [-]

MSc Energy Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our energy system is rapidly evolving. There are big challenges ahead of us, including mitigating climate change, securing our long-term energy supply, and providing access to sustainable energy for everyone. This two-year Master’s programme in Energy Science at Utrecht University offers an interdisciplinary approach for anyone prepared to tackle these challenges. [+]

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO ENERGY CHALLENGES Our energy system is rapidly evolving. There are big challenges ahead of us, including mitigating climate change, securing our long-term energy supply, and providing access to sustainable energy for everyone. This two-year Master’s programme in Energy Science at Utrecht University offers an interdisciplinary approach for anyone prepared to tackle these challenges. Systems approach Energy collection, conversion, transport, storage, distribution, and end-use application are all steps in providing energy services to society. All these elements form an energy system, which is complex and interacts with other systems in a multitude of ways. Transitions in energy systems and the merits of innovation for the individual components of each can only be analysed in the context of the complete system. This is why we place energy systems analysis at the very centre of our Energy Science programme. Interdisciplinary Analysing energy systems requires a thorough knowledge of the fundamental scientific and technological principles of the discipline. This knowledge enables you to understand how the characteristics of individual technologies can influence their performance, as well as the impact of market and policy contexts on energy systems. This is why both economics and policy studies are also covered the programme. Research in energy science The programme has been developed by the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. This institute investigates and develops processes and opportunities for innovative change for sustainability. Energy and resource systems are just one of the areas researched at the institute, and this cutting-edge research informs the teaching on the programme. In addition, you will find yourself part of a truly international learning environment in which to prepare for your future career. You can choose one of two tracks: Systems Analysis Natural Science PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This programme is aimed at students with a background in science or engineering who want to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy systems. [-]

MSc Environmental Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. [+]

EXPLORE LIFE FROM GENES TO ECOSYSTEMS Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems. In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Tracks Within the Environmental Biology Master, you can select a specialised track from the following: Plant Biology Fungal Biology Ecology and Natural Resource Management Biomarine Sciences & Palaeoecology Behavioural Ecology Tailor-made study plan Alternatively, you can develop an individualised curriculum suited to your unique interests. We offer you considerable flexibility in choosing specific subfields or topics within Environmental Biology. Study Programme The main components of this two-year Master’s programme (120 EC) are practical research training and advanced theoretical education. The aim of the research projects is to train you as an independent researcher. The programme can only be followed full-time. [-]

MSc European Governance

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today: [+]

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today: How can we regulate financial markets in crisis? How can we make the transition to a green economy and sustainable forms of energy? Will reforms to welfare states foster economic growth, and if so, how do we approach these reforms? What are the emerging patterns of intelligence sharing and law enforcement within the context of cross-border policing? Are European countries becoming more similar and homogenous because of the EU? Does the EU unify us as equals or undermine democracy? These are amongst the most important questions facing Europe today. Each issue involves activities at the local, national, and European level, and each requires insight into the fields of economics, law, and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home. Study and live in two different European locations The Master in European Governance is a unique double-degree programme offered in partnership with Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) and the University of Konstanz (Germany). As a student in this programme, you will study and live in two different European locations. This will allow you to experience European governance from two different perspectives in the context of a unique personal experience. Double degree Successful graduates will receive two Master diplomas, one from each university, specifying that the degree was completed in cooperation between the universities. The two Master diplomas are equivalent to the Master’s degree in countries of the three partner universities as follows: Brno (Czech Republic): Magistr/ Magistra (Mgr), Konstanz (Germany): Master of Arts (Ma) and Utrecht (The Netherlands): Master of Science (MSc). PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE You will develop the skills to analyse complex problems of European governance from multiple perspectives, including economics, law, political science, and public administration. You will also learn to apply abstract knowledge and theory to real-life problems through case studies, simulations, and policy-oriented research projects. The challenging course content will train you to use academic knowledge to analyse and solve complex problems in different contexts and from different perspectives. This skill set opens up a wide range of job opportunities in local, regional, and national governments, EU institutions, other European organisations, non-profit and for-profit organisations, and consultancy firms that deal with issues of European governance. [-]

MSc Experimental Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The field of experimental physics offers unique scientific and technological challenges. As a student in the Master’s programme in Experimental Physics you will receive advanced training in the fundamental scientific theories that describe the world around us. You will examine the design and use of advanced instrumentation required to study those theories. [+]

EXPLORE THE INTERACTION OF FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH The field of experimental physics offers unique scientific and technological challenges. As a student in the Master’s programme in Experimental Physics you will receive advanced training in the fundamental scientific theories that describe the world around us. You will examine the design and use of advanced instrumentation required to study those theories. What you'll learn You will come into contact with forefront technologies in particle detection, such as extremely high-granularity Si-pixel detectors and high-performance computing, as well as state-of-the-art setups for laser cooling and Bose-Einstein condensation. You will also learn to utilise advanced techniques for data analysis and computer modelling. International research The programme offers courses with a strong link to research carried out by experimental research groups in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University. You will have the opportunity to work in close cooperation with groups specialising in the strong nuclear forces, ultra-cold quantum matter, and ultra-fast light-matter interaction. Research for experimental physics is performed at labs in Utrecht and at the famous CERN laboratory in Geneva. You will also have the opportunity to participate in (inter)national research meetings. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The programme offers excellent preparation for a career in research laboratory in the high-tech industry, or as a PhD student at Universities and research institutes around the world. [-]

MSc Financial Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master’s in Financial Management is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international financial management. You will gain specialised knowledge, founded on the principles of finance and economics, that is highly relevant in practice. [+]

Today financial management operates in a highly complex, interconnected and fast-moving international arena. Organisational objectives have to integrate a wide variety of considerations, such as variations in global markets, long-term strategies, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder value; at the same time, short-term financial growth is desired and demanded. Are you interested in the challenge of becoming part of a new generation of financial professionals, who have the knowledge, mindset and skills to ‘future proof’ the financial management of large, SME and start-up businesses? Then the Master’s in Financial Management at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) gives you a unique, multidisciplinary and international programme in which you will learn to understand not just a firm’s finances, but also how to deal with economic, managerial, regulatory, and reporting issues to maximise enterprise value. The MSc in Financial Management provides students not only with the latest economic and financial theory, but also the hard financial skills and multidisciplinary understanding to put theory into practice in an increasingly complex world. This Master’s programme focuses on all important aspects of modern financial management, including how to raise capital (i.e. issuing shares and bonds), how to allocate capital (capital budgeting, operational budgeting), how to manage short-term resources (working capital management), how to deal with dividend policies, and how to align individual motives to organisational objectives (performance management, compensation systems). In addition, you will learn how to effectively introduce changes in financial management policies in organisations. Importantly, the Utrecht University MSc in Financial Management is geared toward a new generation of financial professionals who are trained to understand and solve trade-offs between short- and long-term objectives, between shareholders and stakeholders, and between financial and social responsibility. CAREER PERSPECTIVES If you want to prepare yourself for a career in financial management, whether in a small, medium or large (international) organisation or in a financial management consulting firm, this degree is for you. Upon completion of this Master’s you will typically take on one of the following entry level functions: financial trainee, assistant to the financial manager, financial management consultant, financial analyst, business consultant, business analyst, business trainee, assistant treasurer, or assistant controller. Although geared toward the financial side of management, this programme also provides a sound basis for more general managerial tasks. In fact, many companies prefer a background in financial management for general management positions, as financial considerations are the root of all major business decisions. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Master’s in Financial Management is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international financial management. You will gain specialised knowledge, founded on the principles of finance and economics, that is highly relevant in practice. The core objectives of this Master’s programme can be summarised by the five A’s of financial management: Attract, Allocate, Administer, Analyse, and Anticipate. Attract: Attracting money involves key decisions on the source of financing. In today’s globalised capital markets firms can tap into international capital markets, issue floating rates notes on the Euromarkets or attract equity capital with an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. This programme will provide you with insights into the dynamics of international capital markets and how they can be used to raise capital for everything from start-ups to multinational mega-projects. Allocate: In today’s fast-changing business environment, modern financial managers need a state-of-the-art tool-box to make complex capital budgeting decisions. Which projects in a company should get funding? How much and why? You will analyse how to estimate cash flows, to calculate costs of capital in both domestic and international settings, and to use a real option framework to handle highly uncertain and irreversible investment and allocation decisions. Analyse: Financial managers need to constantly analyse and monitor the firm with respect to profitability, liquidity and solvency. This involves financial statement analysis and cost calculations. As a financial manager you also need to manage and monitor different risk exposures. Administer: In support of analytical activities and systems, a financial manager needs several administering activities such as collecting, registering, consolidating and reporting financial data (quarterly and annual reports). Knowledge of financial accounting and expertise in treasury is important here. Anticipate: An important task of the (chief) financial officer is to anticipate future events and cash flow streams. Cash planning, budgeting, investment planning, and risk assessment are crucial activities in this area. In addition to expertise in the above areas, at the end of this programme in Utrecht you will be able to: put academic knowledge and skills into practice; conduct independent research which contributes to the field of financial management; solve problems, both independently and in a team; demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology; manage your own personal and professional development. [-]

MSc Game and Media Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master’s programme in Game and Media Technology focuses on the technological aspects of gaming and multimedia in the context of computer science. [+]

GET READY TO JOIN A BOOMING INDUSTRY Gaming and multimedia have assumed an important place in our society, giving rise to a booming industry with turnovers exceeding those of the movie industry and generating leaps in computer software and hardware development. The Master’s programme in Game and Media Technology focuses on the technological aspects of gaming and multimedia in the context of computer science. In the research programme of gaming and simulation, you will explore: Modelling virtual worlds Creating character animation and behavior Generating effective scenarios Building multi-sensory interfaces DRAMA, STYLE AND EMOTIONS It also incorporates such aspects as drama, style, and emotions, with a focus on the technical aspects. Simulating the physics, biology, and psychology of the real world and bringing it to life in multi-sensory simulations are major challenges you will explore in our dynamic programme. New types of games and hardware reach the market regularly. Moreover, there is increasing recognition of the value of games as an educational tool and the integration of multimedia tools into everyday life is continuing. This creates fertile grounds for those with an advanced degree in the area of Game and Media Technology. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This Master’s programme in Game and Media Technology provides you with both fundamental and applied knowledge of the techniques for handling spatial data. You will gain the skills to perform research, analyse, and solve scientific problems — and to keep up with research progress in the fields of geometry, imaging, and virtual environments. Game and Media Technology graduates are highly valued employees in many companies and research facilities. [-]

MSc Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 - 4  September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

GIMA is a blended learning Master's programme, which means that most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best (e.g. at home, or your local library). Students study full time (2 yrs.) or part time (4 yrs.). [+]

GIMA: OFFERING THE BEST OF FOUR DUTCH UNIVERSITIES Geographical information is everywhere. Think of physical planning, risk management, navigation systems, location based services, movement analysis, augmented reality, increasing use of maps and volunteered geographical information. This is why Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA) is such a relevant and complete Master of Science programme; it focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective. In addition, there are two aspects which make GIMA a unique program: the blended learning concept and the co-operation between four renowned Dutch universities. GIMA is also an international program. It does not only target Dutch bachelors, but also foreign bachelors and professionals with equivalent pre-education. Blended learning GIMA is a blended learning Master's programme, which means that most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best (e.g. at home, or your local library). Students study full time (2 yrs.) or part time (4 yrs.). For the first half of the programme there are only four short contact periods per year, one at each partner university. During those contact periods (with a duration of two weeks) you are supposed to be present in person but for the rest of the year you can study through our electronic learning environment from wherever you are. Obviously, the same holds for the individual thesis research project and internship, each of 6 (full time) or 12 (part time) month length in the last half of the program. Joint venture The Master’s programme of GIMA is the result of a unique joint venture between four Dutch universities, each with a good reputation in its field and with its own traditions: Utrecht University, with a focus on geography and planning; Delft University of Technology, with a focus on the legal, organisational and technical aspects of geo-information handling; University of Twente, with a focus on technical and application oriented courses for developing countries; Wageningen University, with a focus on agricultural and rural applications. You will thus get the best from geo-information experts from four universities in the Netherlands. Since the start of the programme in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated Master's programmes on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The GIMA programme aims at educating students to become; all-round managers of geo-information and/or all-round geo-information researchers and/or all-round geo-information application specialists. [-]

MSc History and Philosophy of Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The general aim of the Master’s programme HPS is to offer you a thorough training in the history and/or philosophy or foundations of the sciences and humanities. You'll learn to develop and research historical or philosophical research questions. [+]

A LONG-TERM PERSPECTIVE ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. Our two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach that investigates the interplay of science or the humanitites with cultural, social, and institutional factors. Students will also undertake conceptual analysis of theories such as relativity, quantum mechanics, evolution, and modern genetics. HPS has twice been judged ´best in category´ by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters): in the category ‘Science and Policy’ (Bèta en Beleid, 2012) and in the category ‘Philosophy’ (Wijsbegeerte, 2013). The curriculum covers courses on selected subjects in: History of Science or the Humanities Philosophy of Science or the Humanities Foundations of Physics Foundations of Mathematics and Logic PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The general aim of the Master’s programme HPS is to offer you a thorough training in the history and/or philosophy or foundations of the sciences and humanities. You'll learn to develop and research historical or philosophical research questions. You will be educated in developing a professional attitude which enables you to enroll in a PhD programme in the HPS field, or start (on the job training) for a career in science education and communication, in museums, in science policy or science management. [-]

MSc in Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

How can mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and grieving problems best be studied and treated? How can we prevent it from occuring, improve treatment results and prevent relapse? These and similar kinds of questions you will address in the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology. [+]

How can mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and grieving problems best be studied and treated? How can we prevent it from occuring, improve treatment results and prevent relapse? These and similar kinds of questions you will address in the Master’s programme Clinical Psychology. You will acquire and develop fundamental knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychotherapies and become familiar with the research methods in the field of clinical psychology. Driven by research and clinical experience The lecturers from this Master’s programme work in clinical practice and/or do state-of-the-art theoretical or applied research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice feeds the teaching approach. Learn to work in a multi/disciplinary way Clinical psychology is always interacting with other disciplines due to the context in which behavioural and health problems arise. Examples are medicine, biology, neurology, pharmacology, economics, sociology and social psychology. This will therefore be a considerable focus of attention. Some lectures will also be taught by (guest) lecturers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. And finally, you will often work in a multi-disciplinary context during your internship as well. International character The Clinical Psychology Master’s programme will mainly be taught in English. It is possible however to follow your seminars in Dutch. Our programme’s content and context have a strong international character and you will have plenty of opportunity for international orientation (thesis, internship, symposiums). The NIP´s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics The clinical Master’s degree offers Dutch-speaking students the opportunity to acquire the NIP’s basic certificate in psycho-diagnostics (BAPD). You can also apply for different postgraduate programmes (Healthcare psychology; in Dutch: GZ-psycholoog) or pursue a doctoral degree. For international students, formal accreditation needs to take place at an individual level by the national union of psychologists. Objective of the programme This programme will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology. You are familiar with research methods from mental healthcare and can translate that knowledge to practice. You know what it’s like to work in a multi-disciplinary team. [-]

MSc Innovation Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In this Master’s programme in Innovation Sciences you will learn how to transform new ideas, knowledge and inventions into marketable innovations. You will analyse innovation in companies, as well as the position of these companies within the wider innovation system. [+]

ANALYSE THE JOURNEY FROM KNOWLEDGE TO INNOVATION Creating a culture of innovation is one of society’s greatest challenges. Innovation creates new opportunities that lead to sustainable economic growth and can help tackle serious societal problems such as climate change or pandemics. In this Master’s programme in Innovation Sciences you will learn how to transform new ideas, knowledge and inventions into marketable innovations. You will analyse innovation in companies, as well as the position of these companies within the wider innovation system. Areas of study This two-year Master’s programme focuses on the dynamics of emerging technologies and innovation. After completing this programme, you will be able to link new technologies to human and economic wants and needs, as well as to the grand societal challenges. Especially around energy, sustainable transport, and life sciences. What does innovation mean for economic growth, welfare, health care, climate change, energy security, mobility and sustainability? Who are we looking for? Utrecht University offers you a challenging setting in which to make a significant contribution to tomorrow's society. This programme will be of particular interest to students with a background in technology, health, life sciences, natural sciences or industrial engineering that wish to extend their technical background with knowledge about innovation management and social processes. Moreover, the programme is also of interest to talented students with a background in the social sciences (for example: economics, economics geography, entrepreneurship or business) that have demonstrated an affiliation with science and technology. As an Innovation Sciences student you may want to pursue a career in high-level consultancy, strategic research and development (R&D) management, policymaking, entrepreneurship,or academic research. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE As an Innovation Sciences student you will analyse the various stages of the innovation process with a view to developing effective strategies for promoting innovation. The aim of this programme is to give you an insight into the nature of technological change and the conditions affecting knowledge production. It also aims to give you an understanding of the societal uptake of innovations and the role of company networks, research institutes, governments, and other stakeholders. [-]

MSc in Social Health and Organisational Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Project-X parties organized via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In this Master’s programme, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context. [+]

"Just do it!" With the help of advertising campaigns, companies try to sell their products. What works and what doesn't? Project-X parties organized via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In this Master’s programme, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context. Tracks During this Master’s programme, you will choose between the following three tracks: Social Influence: about the social influence of behaviour and attitude change Health Promotion: about improving health-related behaviour Work and Organisation: about the functioning and wellbeing of individuals and teams in organisations By choosing a track and elective courses you can explore your personal field of interest. Research driven This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. Connecting theory and practice is essential in our master. You will develop theory-driven interventions by means of the PATH model (Problem-Analysis-Test-Help). Do you want to know more about our research? Watch the videos of Professor Belle Derks about Work and Organisational Psychology (in Dutch) or about Social Psychology by Professor Kees van den Bos. A video of Professor Denise de Ridder about Health Psychology: Self-regulation will follow soon. "Every organisation wants enthusiastic employees. But what can they do to get them?" International orientation The courses in this Master's programme are rooted in international scientific literature. On top of that, you can do your internship and thesis abroad. Programme objectives You will gain specialised knowledge, skills and insights in the fields of Social Psychology, Health Psychology and/or Work and Organisational Psychology. Your development as an academic professional is of central concern. As a Master's graduate, you will be able to analyse and propose interventions for social, health or organisational issues, such as: integration and participation issues consumer behaviour employability of employees innovation and performance in organizations radicalisation gender inequality self-regulation issues health-related behaviour “Health is one of the most important things in our lives. Why do people nevertheless find it so difficult to engage in healthy behavior?” [-]

MSc International Development Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. [+]

DEVELOPMENT IN A COMPLEX AND HIGHLY DIFFERENTIATED WORLD The world is rapidly changing, and so is development studies. While the international donor community is engaged in discussions about a post-MDG (Millennium Development Goals) agenda to guide long-term development policies and end global poverty, there are new concerns about global food security, climate change, energy crises, and financial crises. At the same time, Africa, Asia and Latin America are experiencing rapid transformations, turning traditional North-South relations upside down. Giants like India and China are strengthening their role in international development cooperation. These ‘new’ donors emphasise that ‘South-South cooperation’ is different from the Western notion of donors helping clients. While development has been traditionally defined by the donor community in the North, governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America come up with their own versions of ‘development’. Over the past decade, the number of actors active in the development domain has multiplied. In addition to the traditional donors, new ‘players’ have entered the scene, including foundations and diaspora-organisations. Furthermore individual migrants and socially-engaged entrepreneurs are acknowledging their responsibility for acting to benefit society at large, taking responsibility for the social and environmental impacts of production activities and/or consumption. The multidisciplinary Master's programme in International Development Studies addresses the current development challenges and engages with these current, urgent and highly important issues. In particular, the programme focuses on topics surrounding climate change, land governance, urbanisation, corporate social responsibility, and migration/mobilities. You will study in an international environment, with peers and staff from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. A research-oriented internship abroad is a core component of the programme. International Development Studies takes prides in its large, expanding, and active alumni and friends network. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The central objective of the Master's in International Development Studies programme is to equip you with conceptual and empirical knowledge as well as research skills necessary to understand and analyse contemporary issues pertaining to international development in broad geographical contexts (local, regional, and international levels). Upon completion of the programme you will have acquired theoretical, methodological and practical competency. These skills will be useful for your career in further academic research, development policy and practice sector, as well as other work fields. You will gain an understanding of world affairs and international experiences as well as analytical, communication, and project implementation skills. [-]

MSc International Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international management. You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a Master’s thesis. [+]

Today, the majority of firms operate internationally. Some firms only do some regional exporting, others have extensive sales operations in foreign markets and source their inputs from all over the world. Managing complex international operations well is a core competitive advantage for organisations today. Not only in terms of sales and profits, but also in doing it sustainable and ethical with sensitivity and respect for cultural differences. INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT Interested in driving successful operations in an international context? The Master’s programme in International Management at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is a highly international, multidisciplinary management programme that pays attention not just to business issues, but to corporate social responsibility, ethics and human behaviour as well. Founded firmly in economics and international financial management, this specialised MSc is designed for a new generation of managers who understand that the real ‘story behind the numbers’ includes well being for all stakeholders. The MSc in International Management puts the management of international organisations in the spotlight, covering various key elements of global decision-making. Core to this Master is the management of international operations including entry strategies in foreign markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and cross-cultural leadership. Further, senior executives’ main role is to create new opportunities and maximise the impact of firms in society, so there is a strong emphasis in this Master’s programme on global innovation strategies, entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility. CAREER PERSPECTIVES The MSc in International Management trains you to work in a global corporate environment dealing with issues such as global marketing and finance, supply chain management, cross cultural management, and foreign market entry strategies. The Master’s programme offers occasional contact with business leaders and places academic economic research in the context of managerial decision-making in international firms. Master classes and practical projects with a focus on business analysis and consulting offers you the opportunity to strengthen your professional skills needed for a career in an international setting. As a graduate, you will be well prepared for a range of different (international) career opportunities in consulting, business strategy and development, corporate venture management and start-ups. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This Master’s programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international management. You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a Master’s thesis. By the end of this programme you will be able to: put academic knowledge and skills into practice; conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and business; solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration; demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology; manage your own personal and professional development. [-]

MSc Marine Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

As part of your two-year Master’s programme in Marine Sciences, you will learn how marine systems and processes operate naturally – and how they change through human intervention. The programme offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge information in this rapidly developing field. [+]

CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF SEA AND OCEAN RESOURCES Seas and oceans play an important role in our day-to-day lives, and over 65% of the world’s population lives or works in coastal areas. Vital for our economy and health – as well as for climate, food, and biodiversity – seas and oceans have immense societal significance. However, the oceans are changing rapidly as human-induced pollution and CO2 emissions lead to global warming and ocean acidification. The impact on organisms, ocean chemistry, and currents on short to long timescales is uncertain, affecting both business and policymaking. As part of your two-year Master’s programme in Marine Sciences, you will learn how marine systems and processes operate naturally – and how they change through human intervention. The programme offers multidisciplinary cutting-edge information in this rapidly developing field. Diverse community of students If you are a science student with an educational background in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science, this programme offers you the perfect preparation for a career as a marine scientist. Students with a Bachelor's degree in another natural science or technical discipline and students from University Colleges who would like to contribute to the sustainable use of sea and ocean resources are also invited to apply. Multidisciplinary approach A broad research approach to this rapidly developing field is necessary to make human intervention more sustainable, identify risks, and improve future scenarios. Essentially, all current issues in Marine Sciences are multidisciplinary. Crucial questions you will investigate during your studies include: How does global warming and changing ocean circulation impact ecosystem functioning? How do changing ecosystems affect ocean chemistry? How does a change in ocean chemistry affect biology? Marine science research expertise Utrecht University has the most extensive in-house expertise in marine sciences of all Dutch universities, and our staff participate in numerous international marine programmes and projects. The multidisciplinary focus of the programme will prepare you for a challenging career in a wide range of international organisations that are active in coastal areas and oceans and in harnessing society for future ocean change. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Marine Sciences Master’s programme will enable you to specialise in the physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes taking place in seas and oceans. You will investigate how seas and oceans functioned in the past, are functioning at present, and will function in the future. You will explore issues such as energy and climate change, mining, pollution, the flow of traffic at sea, fisheries policies, and coastal defences. Examining the consequences of these themes – such as the fact that the disappearance of the Arctic’s summer ice cap will allow drilling for oil and gas – requires an multidisciplinary approach. [-]

MSc Mathematical Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In our Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences, you’ll engage in the core activities of mathematics while discovering new patterns and relationships and learning to construct models with predictive power. [+]

EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH In our Master’s programme in Mathematical Sciences, you’ll engage in the core activities of mathematics while discovering new patterns and relationships and learning to construct models with predictive power. You’ll also study the science of structures within the different branches of the physical sciences. Our faculty of Mathematical Sciences offers you a versatile, internationalised learning environment at the intersection of fundamental and applied research You can tailor your programme by selecting one of the following eight tracks: Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Applied Analysis Differential Geometry and Topology History of Mathematics Logic Probability, Statistics, and Stochastic Modelling Pure Analysis Scientific Computing Choosing a track will allow you to pursue your degree through either a theoretical or more applied focus. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Our Master of Mathematical Sciences degree programme will prepare you for a challenging career in academic research or as a professional mathematician. [-]

MSc Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Through the programme’s cutting-edge research in methodology and statistics, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to carry out fundamental and applied research at the level of a PhD project. [+]

STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH IN METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS Modern society is highly data-driven. Everything is monitored and measured, yet there are major challenges to finding optimal ways to design research, analyse data, and extract the most valuable information. This Master’s programme combines the research expertise of the following departments at Utrecht University (UU) and the University of Twente (UT): the Department of Methods and Statistics (UU) the Department of Biostatistics, University Medical Centre Utrecht (UU) the Department of Research Methodology, Measurement Methods, and Data Analysis (UT) The collaboration between these departments provides you with an exceptionally broad range of internship opportunities and thesis topics focussed on the following fields: Behavioural Sciences | Biomedical Sciences | Social Sciences COMBINING THEORY AND APPLICATION Through the programme’s cutting-edge research in methodology and statistics, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to carry out fundamental and applied research at the level of a PhD project. This two-year Master’s programme provides you with answers to questions such as: What is the best way to set up a clinical trial to test new medical treatments? How do we estimate the number of illegal immigrants in the Netherlands? How do we obtain valid answers in a survey about sensitive topics like income or tax fraud? How do we accumulate knowledge through Bayesian updating techniques? You will also develop your ability to consult with applied researchers on a wide range of methodological and statistical issues. During your studies, you will select a specialisation in the behavioural, biomedical, or social sciences, which you will explore in depth through electives and (the preparation for) your Master’s thesis. INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION Every year, students are invited to participate in the organisation of conferences, through which they have the opportunity to interact with scientists from around the world. In addition, there are opportunities to take electives abroad. EXCELLENT CAREER PROSPECTS The Methodology and Statistics programme prepares you for a scientific career in academia, research institutes, government organisations, NGOs, or private enterprises. Utrecht University, University Medical Centre Utrecht, and the University of Twente maintain strong partnerships with various non-academic institutions, such as Cito, RCEC, CentERData, CBS, TNO, UMCU, LSAC, CTB, ETS, AMC, SASS, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, Stichting Arq, Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Danone and Ex:plain which provides excellent career prospects for our students. The majority of our graduates obtain positions as PhD students either in one of the three departments that coordinate this Master’s programme or in other related departments in the Netherlands or abroad. THESIS AND PREPARATION You can prepare for, and write your thesis at one of the three participating departments, or you can broaden your experience by working with organisations such as Statistics Netherlands, CITO, Social Cultural Planning Office, TNO, Research Centre for Examination and Certification, and UMCU. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Through this Master’s programme, you will develop the skills and knowledge to function as a qualified practitioner who is ready for PhD training or a research career outside academia. You'll learn how to: develop methodological and statistical approaches that are required by new developments; evaluate commonly used methodological and statistical approaches; and apply methodological and statistical approaches in cooperation with behavioural, biomedical, and social sciences researchers. You will be fully equipped with the academic skills and knowledge necessary for your future career. [-]

MSc Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The programme addresses these topics from the assumption that systematic understanding of the precursors and processes of migration and integration is essential for the development of adequate policies and interventions in pluralistic societies. [+]

Investigate immigrants’ integration and the consequences of cultural diversity Why do people migrate? How do immigrants integrate and develop (new of dual) cultural identities? How do host societies respond to immigrants? Why and when do ethnic and religious differences lead to conflicts and misunderstandings? What are the reasons for prejudice and racism and how can these negative reactions be minimized? Topics of high societal significance In this Master's programme in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculuralism you will focus on questions of high societal significance and policy relevance, that relate to: international migration integration and cultural identity the development of ethnic relations the management of cultural diversity The programme addresses these topics from the assumption that systematic understanding of the precursors and processes of migration and integration is essential for the development of adequate policies and interventions in pluralistic societies. Interdisciplinary methodology This two-year Master's programme contributes to interdiciplinary theoretical and empirical knowledge in the social sciences. You will learn the main theories and approaches developed in: social and cultural psychology sociology political science anthropology Research You will receive extensive training in research methodology, and graduate well prepared for further PhD studies within the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) or another institute in the Netherlands or abroad. Your studies will also prepare you for a career in research or advisory positions within academic institutes, policy organisations and NGOs. The programme’s instructional staff participate in the research groups of the departments of Interdisciplinary Social Science (Prof. Verkuyten and Prof. Vollebergh), Sociology (Prof. Buskens) and Methods & Statistics (Prof. Van der Heijde). PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Through your studies, you develop into a well-qualified science practitioner. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to go on to PhD training or a research career outside academia. You will receive a structured and systematic training in theoretically and methodologically advanced research, that will equip you to help solve social science problems in the fields of migration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism. [-]

MSc Multidisciplinary Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our two-year Research Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Economics was carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. [+]

From upheavals in the housing markets and top-level banking bonuses to rising taxes and the international credit crisis, economics is no longer a straightforward matter of money and finance. Economics today is a multifaceted discipline that impacts global politics, laws, and society – and Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) believes that today’s students must be equipped with more than subject knowledge. Our two-year Research Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Economics was carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. Moreover, the multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government. U.S.E. provides you with a flexible, and comprehensive Master’s programme. The curriculum combines compulsory courses, designed to give you a solid foundation in economics, with your secondary discipline and elective courses, during which you can focus on your personal areas of interest. You will work closely with your fellow students on projects, courses, events and research. Outline of the programme In your first year, you will gain the solid theoretical basis necessary to conduct economic research and analysis. During the second year, you will complete a series of specialised courses to further hone your research skills at U.S.E. and the University of Groningen. You will attend research seminars by national and international researchers, take elective courses, write a research proposal for the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), and finish the programme by writing your own Master thesis. The MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics is a comprehensive and versatile degree that prepares you well for a range of careers in economics, business economics, or finance in either the public or private sector. As a Research Master’s degree, it is also an excellent starting point for a PhD. The MSc in Multidisciplinary Economics gives you a unique qualification, which will enable you to work at a high level in a variety of economics-related fields. Over two years you will: receive training in economic research and analysis from top researchers at U.S.E.; gain a sound knowledge of quantitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics, finance and financial markets, international and public economics, labour economics, and organisational economics; get involved in research projects conducted by the Tjalling C. Koopmans Institute (TKI) research institute at U.S.E.; pursue your own research interests; explore economics in relation to a secondary discipline selected from history, geography, law, or social sciences; and broaden your understanding of the impact of institutional, historical, and spatial dimensions on economics. [-]

MSc Nanomaterials Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Nanomaterials Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) multidisciplinary programme in which you will explore the subject areas of catalysis, colloid science, and nanophotonics. The programme will provide you with a solid theoretical background and help you develop the experimental skills necessary to perform high-level research. [+]

Nanomaterials in Utrecht judged best in the field The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2015) ranked Utrecht University's Nanomaterials Science programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands. Students chose the Master's programme Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier EXPLORE THE APPLICATIONS OF NANOMATERIALS Nanomaterials are essential building blocks that can produce chemicals in an environmentally friendly manner, harvest light to supply energy, and help develop faster computers and better medicines. In this two-year Master’s programme, you will gain in-depth knowledge on, and experimental experience with, novel nanomaterials and their synthesis, structure, and applications – for example, as catalysts or in nanophotonics. Chemistry of the future The dimensions of systems at the microscopic level determine their physical and chemical properties and applications. Your studies will provide you with the tools to analyse and experiment with these properties and possibilities. In addition, the course content will introduce you to the nanomaterials of tomorrow, including colloidal crystals – a new tool for the manipulation of light in miniature lasers and optical devices – and new catalysts for more efficient and environmentally friendly chemistry. Contribute to a sustainable society The combined talents and expertise of chemists and physicists are essential for success in a number of subfields within science and technology. Our Master’s programme offers you the knowledge and training to work as a scientist who contributes to a more sustainable society. Through your courses and research work, you will participate in the exciting field of nanomaterial development and develop fundamental knowledge of various applications and industrial interests. Our staff members excel in research and in teaching, and they maintain close ties with partners in industry and academia. As part of your programme, you may opt to participate in an industry-based internship. The prestigious Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science provides teaching and research in the programme. The institute focuses on three research areas: colloids, catalysis, and nanophotonics. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Nanomaterials Science is a two-year (120 ECTS) multidisciplinary programme in which you will explore the subject areas of catalysis, colloid science, and nanophotonics. The programme will provide you with a solid theoretical background and help you develop the experimental skills necessary to perform high-level research. Coursework is thus combined with research, allowing you the opportunity to put theory into practice. TRACKS Chemical Sciences Physics and Climate Sciences [-]

MSc Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations in the public domain. You will investigate these challenges, analyse how public organisations deal with each challenge, and begin to form theories about what is required to make policies work. [+]

This challenging two-year programme focuses on key issues of Public Administration and Organisation Theory. The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations in the public domain. You will investigate these challenges, analyse how public organisations deal with each challenge, and begin to form theories about what is required to make policies work. New challenges for public organisations New challenges for public governments flow from long-term trends such as globalisation, changing information and communication technologies, climate change, and societal fragmentation caused by migration, individualisation, and cultural pluralisation. Solid research is necessary to understand and properly react to these social transformations. Public administrators respond to these challenges in a variety of ways: they initiate reforms to make public management less bureaucratic and more accountable, they activate and enable citizens, they help businesses become more competitive while enhancing social responsibility, and they support civil society initiatives to provide voluntary community services. You will analyse how such initiatives help governments cope with the challenges of modernity. These modern challenges are no longer the sole responsibility of government institutions. Private, semi-private, and privatised organisations are increasingly involved in what were previously considered public tasks. Political decision-making does not only take place in national political arenas, but also at the regional level and in various international arenas, in horizontal networks of social partners, and at the headquarters of large companies and social institutions. Your study of the public domain and the critical issues in that domain will therefore focus on public organisations in the broadest sense of the word. OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME Through this intensive Master’s programme, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to analyse real-life problems. Our research-intensive programme will also help you understand and analyse the classic questions of Public Administration as they are playing out in new organisational contexts. It will provide you with the tools to identify, analyse, and prescribe effective intervention strategies. Your studies will prepare you for a career as university researcher, policy analyst, or consultant. [-]

MSc Science and Business Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our Master of Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products. [+]

CONNECTING THE WORLD OF SCIENCE AND BUSINESS Companies and academic institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as a solid understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes. Our Master of Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products. Collaborations between universities and companies will only increase in the coming years, providing you with exciting career opportunities related to knowledge transfer and product development. Our degree programme enables graduates of bachelor’s programmes in the life, natural, or engineering sciences to combine their passions for science and business. The programme will equip you with the knowledge and tools to identify, manage, and overcome problems that arise in each phase of the innovation process. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The programme fosters skills related to financial management, business plan development, ICT, sustainability, and effective communication in a business environment. Along with gaining in-depth knowledge of these subjects and their applications during your studies, you’ll also develop managerial skills through group work and close interactions with your professors. A solid understanding of science is essential to bring science-based products to the market. In the SBM programme, you’ll build on your academic background in science while adding knowledge of business processes and practical skills for commercial settings. In the final phase of the programme, you’ll complete a business internship at one of our numerous national and international partner companies. SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN UTRECHT JUDGED BEST IN THE FIELD Students chose the Master's programme Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier [-]

MSc Science Education and Communication

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master’s programme Science Education and Communication focuses on three core areas of study: [+]

Share your knowledge and views, make science and mathematics meaningful Would you like to broaden your views on science or mathematics, share your knowledge with others, and make your science more visible to society at large? Then the Master’s programme Science Education and Communication may be the right choice. This two-year programme is your gateway to diverse careers: teacher in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science or astronomy; designer of educational websites or science museum exhibits; science education researcher and developer. Teaching or research The Master’s programme Science Education and Communication focuses on three core areas of study: science and mathematics; professional practice in science and mathematics education and communication; research and development in science and mathematics education and communication. These components are offered in a single broad study programme, which can be tailored to your individual interests. At the beginning of this programme you make a choice: do you aim for a teaching certificate, of do you prefer a career in research & development and whether you would like to carry out your research project in science or in science education. Already a Master? If you already have a MSc degree in Science or Mathematics, you are eligible for admission to the one-year Educational Master’s programme Leraar voorbereidend hoger onderwijs (in Dutch), which also leads to a teaching certificate. International teaching career? Take a look at our English-spoken track U-Teach. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE After completion of the teaching track, you are qualified to start as a beginning teacher. You have developed important basic skills, in line with the requirements of professional practice. This Master's programme opens the way to other functions in the educational sector as well. The research skills developed in this programme prepare you for a career as a science education researcher and developer. [-]

MSc Social and Health Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The two-year curriculum involves multiple perspectives ranging from concrete (neuroscientific and social cognitive perspectives) to global perspectives (relationships, welfare, and health). [+]

Investigate the social and health aspects of behavioural regulation How do we resist impulses (such as greed and appetite) to promote human cooperation and maintain a healthy lifestyle? How do we cope with social and health threats in order to prevent or recover from stress and anxiety? How does money affect our social and work life? The Master’s programme in Social and Health Psychology will equip you with the tools and knowledge to analyse topics related to the control of human behaviour for the benefits of social interaction and health. During your studies, you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. You will also learn to use and develop cutting-edge research methods through participation in ongoing projects, where you will gain research experience in the study of behavioural regulation. Multiple perspectives The two-year curriculum involves multiple perspectives ranging from concrete (neuroscientific and social cognitive perspectives) to global perspectives (relationships, welfare, and health). Considerable attention is paid to misregulation and underregulation (dysregulation) of behaviour in the context of social and health issues. International orientation The Master’s programme has an international character that offers you multiple benefits: International networks and connections: Our staff includes lecturers who are from abroad or still have international positions. We also collaborate with researchers abroad, enabling you to arrange research or teaching visits outside of the Netherlands and improving your research and career opportunities. Global perspectives on course topics: Numerous international students bring regional and global perspectives to discussions on the course content and related topics. From these interactions, you’ll gain a diverse outlook on social and health psychology issues. Advanced English-language skills: The programme is completely taught in English, and we encourage our students to visit symposia, seminars, and conferences in the Netherlands (in English) to further develop their subject-specific vocabulary and grow their global network. Education built on research The Social and Health Psychology programme builds on two research areas: the Division of Clinical and Health Psychology (stress and self-regulation, and trauma, grief, and anxiety-related disorders) the Division of Social and Organisational Psychology (social-cognitive and interpersonal determinants of behaviour and occupational health psychology) PROGRAMME GOALS Through this Master’s programme, you will develop into a qualified psychological scientist who is ready for PhD studies or a research career outside academia. You will have the training and tools to use multiple research methods to investigate social and health issues related to behavioural regulation. [-]

MSc Social Policy and Social Interventions

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Through this master's degree programme, you will develop into an academic professional. As a graduate, you will be able to study specific social problems in conjunction. You will also have acquired the necessary professional and academic skills to prepare, implement, and evaluate policy and interventions. [+]

Social policy from an interdisciplinary perspective What is the relationship between the decentralisation of care and changes in family relations? Why do some interventions do and some do not contribute to the labour market participation of adolescents from an ethnic minority background and other do not? Would better laws and legislation help to reduce absenteeism in the workplace? If you would like to study such issues, this one-year Master's programme is for you. You will become abreast of interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, which will also help you to gain in-depth insight into the methodology and skills that you will need to research social policy and participation. To be more specific, you will be looking into problems, such as: loneliness poverty discrimination segregation exclusion of vulnerable groups. You will also study people's strategies for dealing with social risks: labour mobility and migration care networks neighbourhood initiatives small-scale and/or multicultural collaborative efforts independent entrepreneurship, etc. This will be done while combining your knowledge from behavioural sciences and social sciences. Research feeding into education The faculty conducts a great many studies into the problems that are central to this master's degree programme, with research themes such as: labour, care, and citizenship evaluation of social policy integration and participation of newcomers evaluation of interventions. The researchers involved in these studies also contribute to the curriculum of this master's degree programme. Also taught in Dutch This master's programme is also taught in Dutch; the Dutch variant is known as Arbeid, zorg en participatie. The lectures of both the Dutch and the English variants are delivered jointly, in English. The seminars of the Dutch master's degree programme in Labour, Care, and Participation (Arbeid, Zorg en Participatie) are taught in Dutch. The students of the English variant will be attending separate English seminars. International perspective Many of the problems focused on in this master's degree programme have a strong international (European) dimension: globalisation, for instance, and ageing, migration and ethnic relationships, individualisation, and gender relations. The same goes for the policy and intervention programmes that are used to tackle these issues. You will soon find that this international perspective is a returning feature in the curriculum of this master's degree programme. Interdisciplinary This master's degree programme is characterised by an interdisciplinary and multi-method approach as well as an international, comparative perspective. This not only applies to the research that you will conduct – with the explicit use of a combination of scientific perspectives from both behavioural and social sciences (especially psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology) – but also in the exploration of the professional practice wherein the combination of (behavioural scientific) interventions and (social scientific) policy is also the point of departure. Scientifically justified research of interventions Programme objective Through this master's degree programme, you will develop into an academic professional. As a graduate, you will be able to study specific social problems in conjunction. You will also have acquired the necessary professional and academic skills to prepare, implement, and evaluate policy and interventions. Fully equipped, you will be able to pursue a career in a social scientific position with the government, a social institution, a company, or a care organisation. [-]

MSc Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

You design your own track in this Master’s programme, in which you quickly and rigorously immerse yourself in your specialisation. You will learn about the state-of-the-art in current scholarship. [+]

SOCIAL PROBLEMS: HOW DO THEY ARISE? AND HOW DO YOU SOLVE THEM? The radicalisation of Muslim youth is continually in the news and high on the political agenda. What has scientific research revealed about the causes and background of this issue? How should the government and societal actors handle this trend and which policy is effective? An ageing population leads to increasing healthcare costs. How should care for the elderly be structured in order to make it personal and affordable again? The virtual and physical world are increasingly merging. What role does the internet play in shaping political and social movements' ability to self-organise? The experts of tomorrow As society becomes more complex, the demand for experts continues to expand. In the one-year Master’s programme Contemporary Social Problems, you will be trained to become an expert on one important social theme. You choose one contemporary issue in which you will specialise: Crime and Safety Internet, Social Media and Networks Care, Policy and Organisations You design your own track in this Master’s programme, in which you quickly and rigorously immerse yourself in your specialisation. You will learn about the state-of-the-art in current scholarship. As an expert, you will also learn to think in multidisciplinary terms. In addition to sociology as your core subject, you will also take courses in the social psychology and social geography of your chosen theme, which allows you to further immerse yourself in your area of specialisation. Learn to quickly and thoroughly delve into a contemporary social theme Theory and practice As an expert, you will also learn to translate theory into practice. You will learn to translate scientific knowledge into concrete advice for companies or effective policy for the government. You will also learn to present research results to a wider audience. Speakers from the field, working visits and your own internship project ensure you gain comprehensive knowledge of the practical context. Objective of the programme During this Master’s programme, you will be thoroughly trained to analyse and advise on contemporary social issues. You will, therefore, develop yourself into an academic professional and an expert on your chosen theme. In these themes, the boundary between public and private is often transcended, which means that once you complete the Master’s, you can work in both the private and (semi) public sectors. Potential careers include social science expert, applied researcher in the corporate world, policy advisor at a ministry or municipality, advisor, project coordinator or consultant. Labour market There is a significant focus on labour market orientation and your transition to the labour market following your studies. You will, for example, be put in contact with relevant organisations in the professional field in addition to learning the professional project, communication, advice and interview skills you will need in your career. [-]

MSc Sociology and Social Research

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In the Master’s programme in Sociology and Social Research, you will learn to develop testable explanations of important social phenomena using state-of-the-art social theory, empirical research, and data analysis. [+]

EXPLORE PRESSING SOCIETAL ISSUES How do social networks emerge and develop? How do they affect social capital, trust, and cooperation? What causes inequalities between men and women in the job market? Why do immigrants have higher unemployment rates and lower-paid jobs? In the Master’s programme in Sociology and Social Research, you will learn to develop testable explanations of important social phenomena using state-of-the-art social theory, empirical research, and data analysis. Problem-driven research on social cohesion and inequality As a student on this Master, you will deal with major sociological research questions related to social cohesion (solidarity) and inequality. Addressing these questions requires us to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. This programme is closely related to the research programme of the Department of Sociology, and is embedded in the Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS). International orientation and individual development The programme’s international character offers you global perspectives on sociology topics as well as a broad range of research opportunities. About 40% of our students come from abroad, famous international experts teach masterclasses, and you will have the opportunity to follow courses abroad. You will also have the opportunity to make choices that fit your goals, such as choosing to do an internship and writing your thesis at other institutions or research groups in the Netherlands or abroad. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE In this two-year Master’s programme, you will learn to operate as a highly qualified social science researcher with a clear focus on social cohesion and inequality. You will also learn to integrate sociological theory and empirical research by means of state-of-the-art statistical analyses. Your studies will fully equip you to become a PhD candidate. [-]

MSc Spatial Planning

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

The master's programme Spatial Planning (previously known as Planologie) trains you to solve conflicting interests on urban land. Many stakeholders have different ideas on how to use land – learn to balance them and find sustainable solutions. [+]

IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR YOU? The master's programme Spatial Planning (previously known as Planologie) trains you to solve conflicting interests on urban land. Many stakeholders have different ideas on how to use land – learn to balance them and find sustainable solutions. As a planner, you are also directly involved in preparing public policy for sustainable cities. Apply appropriate methods and instruments that contribute to sustainable, smart, and inclusive spatial policy. Learn how to develop innovative concepts and manage complex governance processes for the sustainable use of spatial resources such as land and shape the urban environment of the future. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES The programme in Utrecht prepares you to approach issues such as, facilitating sustainable urban (re)development, finding answers to changing socio-spatial demands (such as demographic or climate change), dealing with complexities of metropolitan areas and real estate development in difficult economic times, or governance of environmental changes in an uncertain climate. Therefore, you will be trained in analysing spatial problems with dedicated scientific methods; applying innovative knowledge and theories to come up with appropriate solutions; evaluating and prioritising alternative spatial development options; governance and management of cities. [-]

MSc Sustainable Business and Innovation

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

As part of this two-year Master’s programme in Sustainable Business and Innovation, you will learn about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner. [+]

BECOME A SUSTAINABILITY CHANGE AGENT As part of this two-year Master’s programme in Sustainable Business and Innovation, you will learn about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner. By reviewing the academic literature and theory, real-life examples, and business case studies, you will acquire insight into the behaviour of organisations, including processes of organisational change and innovation. Growing societal demand Businesses increasingly face significant challenges and opportunities from environmental issues such as climate change, energy, and water and social issues such as labour and human rights, corruption, and transparency. Stakeholders in these businesses – including governments, shareholders, business customers, local communities, consumers, employees, and NGOs – are demanding that companies become more focused on sustainability for themselves and the communities they impact. As a graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop sustainable business practices, you will have excellent career prospects across multiple sectors and industries. Developing sustainable societies During your studies, you will learn about topics such as sustainable development, sustainability innovations, life cycle assessment, ecoefficiency and cleaner production, environmental management systems, sustainability reporting, organisational change, and management for sustainability. As a graduate from this programme, you will understand how to help business and organisations in their journey toward making societies more sustainable. The course content is framed by life-cycle thinking, systems thinking, and long-term thinking. If you would like to become a sustainability change agent in positions such as sustainability officer or sustainability director in a business, government agency, or other organisation, this programme offers you the perfect preparation. Research institute The Sustainable Business and Innovation programme is closely affiliated with the BISS research group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Research conducted at the Copernicus Institute covers a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and innovation. The starting point of all research is the source-impact chain that links economic activities with ecological values. Research on sustainable business and innovation in the Copernicus institute is a collaborative effort between the groups Innovation Studies, Environmental Governance, and Energy and Resources. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE As a student in the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s programme, you will: gain the knowledge and skills to engage with businesses and help them become more sustainable acquire an understanding of how to manage a business whilst considering the implications that decisions will have on the environment and societies of today and the future; and learn to connect sustainability with business approaches in order to develop integrative and long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges This programme is an ideal Master for you if you are a student who wishes to complement a natural science background with knowledge of sustainability social sciences and current business practices. [-]

MSc Sustainable Development

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This two-year Master’s programme is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. In this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long term management of these processes on local and global levels. [+]

CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS This two-year Master’s programme is aimed at students who want to contribute to the design of the solutions needed to achieve an environmentally and socially accountable society. In this programme, you will learn how to analyse the processes associated with change and will consider the short and long term management of these processes on local and global levels. Multidisciplinary perspective This programme is suitable for candidates who want to study and solve societal sustainability issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme is of particular interest to students who are willing to broaden their perspectives through collaboration and interaction with students who bring to the programme knowledge of other natural and social science disciplines. Specialise in one of four tracks Following admission to this Master's programme you can choose one of four specialisation tracks based on your interests in the field. As well as working in your chosen track, you will work in research teams with fellow students from the other tracks. Tracks: Energy and Materials Environmental Change and Ecosystems Earth System Governance International Development Sustainable development research Our programme is closely affiliated with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, which is part of Utrecht University. The institute conducts research on a wide range of issues related to sustainable development. The cause and effect chains linking economic activities, ecological values and innovation serves as the point of departure for much of the research. Our research and teaching staff are active members of international networks and are at the forefront of their field. [-]

MSc Theoretical Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The research Master’s degree programme in Theoretical Physics is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. [+]

The research Master’s degree programme in Theoretical Physics is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. Our highly rated research programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to describe space-time and elementary particles as well as macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in quantum and soft matter. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The MSc in Theoretical Physics provides students with a broad overview of methods and topics in theoretical physics and teaches them to work independently in a specific sub-discipline of the field. Students also learn to present and discuss their work both orally and in writing, and to take a critical attitude towards the existing literature. Our programme offers excellent preparation for further research studies in physics or careers in the international job market. Two-thirds of our graduates continue on to conduct PhD-level research either at Utrecht University or at other prestigious institutions around the world. [-]

MSc Urban and Economic Geography

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In Urban and Economic Geography, you will study the reasons behind the diverse developments in the globalised and urbanised world, and you will learn to translate up-to-date theoretical and methodological developments into empirical research. [+]

RESEARCHING DIVERSITY IN CITIES AND REGIONS Cities and regions throughout the world face challenges that require integrated knowledge of urban geography, economic geography, international development studies, and planning. In this Research Master’s programme in Urban and Economic Geography (previously known as Human Geography and Planning), you will gain a broad theoretical and methodological background that will allow you to become an academic or professional researcher of ongoing social, spatial, and economic developments in cities and regions. You can specialise in your preferred geographic sub-discipline while maintaining a broader perspective on the functioning of cities and regions, as well as the relevant theories and methods. Diverse developments Globalisation is subjecting cities and regions to continuous challenges such as increasing urbanisation and growing economic and social interdependences. Complex and dynamic relationships have developed between inhabitants, migrants, businesses, and institutions, and these relationships can foster innovation, creativity, and economic growth. However, increasing urbanisation can also lead to social and economic inequalities, tensions between groups with different lifestyles, and threats to health and well-being. In addition, globalisation can reinforce economic disparities within regions and cities in both developed and developing countries. Environmental changes can also generate unhealthy living conditions and lead to a displacement of people and businesses. In general, regional and urban areas worldwide experience disparate development due to differences in their position in globalised systems; their location in a developed or developing country or region; and specific cultural, social, political, and economic characteristics. As a student in this two-year Master’s programme, you will focus on research questions such as: Why do regions and cities differ in terms of economic and innovative performance, creativity, and quality of life? How do social and economic inequality and tensions arise within and between cities and regions? How do individuals and businesses experience changes in their urban and regional conditions, and how do they respond to these changes? Which governance systems and policies are most effective in addressing the social, economic, cultural, and mobility issues of the globalised and urbanised world? How can we use and develop scientific theories and methodologies to investigate these issues? Research skills and ethics The course content includes various courses on research skills and philosophy in order for you to acquire both advanced research skills and an ethical framework. You will also participate in research, carry out your own research, and discuss your research with peers and advanced researchers throughout the programme. You will form an integral part of the research community at the Urban and Regional research centre (URU) of Utrecht during your studies. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE In Urban and Economic Geography, you will study the reasons behind the diverse developments in the globalised and urbanised world, and you will learn to translate up-to-date theoretical and methodological developments into empirical research. You will also formulate effective policy recommendations to make cities and regions more viable and sustainable. As a graduate, you will have an excellent basis for completing a PhD in the fields of urban geography, economic geography, development studies, and urban and regional planning. You will also qualify for senior research functions within international and national organisations, such as the United Nations, Dutch ministries, regional and local bodies, NGOs, and multinational companies. You will be able to perform advanced scientific research within the fields of human geography and spatial planning. [-]

MSc Water Science and Management

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The two-year Master’s programme in Water Science and Management will give you an in-depth understanding of modern water management techniques and water policies from a sustainable development perspective. [+]

CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT The two-year Master’s programme in Water Science and Management will give you an in-depth understanding of modern water management techniques and water policies from a sustainable development perspective. You will gain an understanding of water’s role with regard to humanity and nature as well as the societal impact of interventions in the water cycle. Water management in a wider context The programme integrates knowledge from natural and social sciences as a response to emerging needs in the field. Trends such as sustainable development, stakeholder participation, and economic accountability increasingly complicate the tasks of water managers. This has given rise to a need for water managers with a broad societal focus on water management issues, operating next to and in cooperation with more traditional and technical water managers. A natural sciences background, the ability to work well as part of a team, and a passion for water management will help you succeed in this programme. The Water Science and Management programme is an excellent choice for you if you are interested in both the scientific analysis of the water system, and the application of water science in integrated and complex societal problems that occur in contemporary water management. What will you learn? Through scientific knowledge and real-life cases, you will learn about topics such as hydrological processes, climate change, water footprinting, cost reduction, health aspects, and water safety. You will also explore technical developments such as membrane technology, water/energy combinations, and water cycle management. The programme combines academic knowledge of natural sciences and technical water management options with process and project skills, culminating in a research internship at a water management organisation. Choose your angle Depending on your undergraduate education and interests, you can apply for one of two tracks and specialise in an Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences profile. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Water Science and Management programme trains you to be a water professional with both an understanding of the technical aspects of water management and the ability to implement this knowledge with an eye for societal needs. You will learn to view water management in light of sustainable development, taking into account the functions that water fulfils for humanity and nature, and you will consider technical innovations in view of societal costs and benefits. As a graduate of this programme, you will have a solid background in water science and the ability to apply this knowledge. [-]

MSc Youth, Education and Society

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. You will learn to analyse, evaluate and solve practical problems in a theoretical and empirical way. [+]

ANALYSING AND TACKLING SOCIAL ISSUES CONCERNING YOUTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY In our overscheduled society is there still enough time for childrearing? How is childrearing changing through the use of social media? How are young people (de)radicalised? What leads to game addiction and inactivity in our society? What do children need to find their own solutions to bullying at school? How does childrearing support fit into non-Western communities? How should suitable education be organised? How should the new frameworks for youth care in the Netherlands be structured? What can we learn from foreign approaches to education and youth services? INNOVATION IN PEDAGOGIC SERVICES Do you want to make a contribution to contemporary social challenges involving the relationship between children and youth and their guardians/educators? Do you want to help draft new policies that can improve the position, welfare and development of children, youth and their parents? Are you interested in making international comparisons? Youth, Education and Society (Dutch: Maatschappelijke opvoedingsvraagstukken) is the only Master’s programme in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on innovating pedagogical policy and practice, both nationally and internationally. This one-year, intensive programme will teach you about: the quality of pedagogical and educational services, such as childcare, youth care, schools and sports clubs; how to look at pedagogy from a social perspective; the role of cultural diversity in the transfer of pedagogical knowledge; professional practice in relation to initiatives undertaken by civil society and youth themselves. DEVELOPING AN INTERNATIONAL VISION We will also be looking beyond our borders. After all, global developments (such as globalisation, poverty and migration) have had a major impact on the quality of life for children and youth. And we will also be analysing pedagogical services through an international lens: What frameworks are used in setting up youth care in the Netherlands compared to countries outside of Europe? How can the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child be given shape in youth policy worldwide? This programme also devotes attention to international humanitarian cooperation. EDUCATION DRIVEN BY RESEARCH AND THE WORK FIELD This Master’s programme will be led by the professors of Pedagogy, Dr. Mariëtte de Haan, Dr. Micha de Winter and Dr. Paul Leseman. Together with a team of lecturers representing a variety of expertise in the area of pedagogy, they will teach classes and guide students during their internship and research. Contacts with the field constitute an important seedbed for the programme. See, for example, a report on the current affairs programme Eenvandaag on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 about young Dutch jihadists in which Micha de Winter (pedagogy professor) is asked why we cannot seem to get a handle on these youth in the Netherlands. Insights into western and non-western childrearing issues MASTER’S IN YOUTH STUDIES OR SOCIAL CHILDREARING ISSUES? This Master’s programme has similarities with the Youth Studies Master’s programme (Dutch: Jeugstudies), but mainly considers children and youth from a childrearing and educational perspective, for example at home, at school or via the media. This Master’s is also distinguished from the Master’s in Youth Studies by its so-called community approach. Alongside attention to the role of professionals, this programme focuses on the role of civil society. Critical analysis of the societal debate also typifies this Master’s programme. You will graduate as an educationalist, while those completing the Youth Studies programme will graduate within Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. MASTER'S IN ORTHOPEDAGOGY This Master’s programme somewhat overlaps the Master’s programme in Clinical Child, Family and Education Studies (Dutch:Orthopedagogiek) but is distinguished by a broader, more socially-oriented interdisciplinary view on pedagogy. You will graduate as an educationalist and acquire the NVO registration as a general educationalist. Unlike the programme for Orthopedagogy, you will not focus on clinical issues, diagnostics or deviant behaviour from a need-based perspective but on pedagogy as a broader field oriented to society. This Master’s is also distinguished from the Master’s in Orthopedagogy due to its so-called community approach. Alongside a focus on the role of professionals and policy, the programme centres on the role of society in childrearing and education. Critical analysis of the societal debate also typifies this Master’s programme. OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME This Master’s will enable you to develop yourself into an academic professional. You will learn to analyse, evaluate and solve practical problems in a theoretical and empirical way. WANT TO START IN 2016? INTERNSHIP INFORMATION AND INTRODUCTORY MEETINGS For students who want to start the Master’s in Youth, Education and Society in September 2016, or are considering doing so, there is a monthly internship information and introductory meeting. [-]

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MA Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our Research Master’s programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. [+]

DISCOVER THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE GREAT PRE-MODERN CIVILISATIONS Our Research Master’s programme in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Within this long period you can focus on your academic interests by choosing one of the following tracks: Ancient Studies Medieval Studies Medieval Celtic Studies Renaissance Studies Within each track you will work with source materials in their original languages, including in manuscript form. The Ancient Studies track has a keen interest in archaeology. The Medieval Studies and Renaissance Studies tracks go beyond a solely historical approach by including courses in Literature, Linguistics, Art History, Musicology, and History. In the Medieval Studies track, you may specialise in either Medieval History, Medieval Art History, Medieval Literature, or Medieval Musicology. Medieval Celtic Studies combines literary studies with historical linguistics. Read more about the tracks. The programme is enhanced by research conducted by lecturers who are internationally renowned in their fields of expertise. You are encouraged to work alongside these lecturers on research projects, and you can spend a semester abroad at one of the many universities with which we have research links. After graduation, approximately 50 percent of graduates go on to undertake a PhD, either in the Netherlands or abroad. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE Our Master’s programme will provide you the knowledge and skills needed to gain admission to PhD programmes in your chosen specialisation; you can also conduct independent research and complete your doctoral dissertation. The programme will give you the skills needed for your future career, including pursuing scholarly research to be published in peer-reviewed journals. Our programme also prepares you for careers outside academia in management, politics, or the arts. The programme is both academically and socially relevant; by developing your professional skills and your ability to work independently, you will be well-prepared for the challenges of the modern employment market. [-]

MA Applied Ethics

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

The Applied Ethics Master’s programme offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. [+]

EXPLORE THE INTERACTION BETWEEN MORAL PRACTICES AND ETHICAL REFLECTION Moral problems occur in all areas of life: professional, personal, political. Should banks impose strict criteria on clients to promote corporate social responsibility? How to allocate fairly the benefits and burdens of climate change policy options? For which purposes is the use of big data morally permissible? Do you believe it is ethical for us to use biological enhancement technologies to make us better, rather than simply well? Can it be justified to use biotechnology to change animals in order to avoid welfare problems in livestock? Such problems require careful reflection on the facts – but also on our basic moral values. Interaction between practice and theory The Applied Ethics Master’s programme offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. At the end of your studies, you’ll possess a thorough theoretical background in ethics, including important methods and debates in applied ethics. You will also understand the implications of legal and political frameworks for ethical argumentation. Interdisciplinary studies Our interdisciplinary approach offers you multiple avenues of investigation into applied ethics. In addition to studying philosophy, you’ll learn about the contexts in which moral problems arise and the different types of analysis that may be needed in various contexts. You’ll also examine how viewpoints from different disciplines can strengthen ethical reflection and argumentation. Internationally oriented programme and research This English-taught, one-year Master’s programme attracts international and Dutch students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. The unique student body provides a wide range of cultural viewpoints through which you can explore ethical dilemmas. The programme offers the opportunity to do an internship with a national or international organisation or NGO and to participate in elective Master-level courses abroad. The Master’s programme in Applied Ethics is embedded in Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute, a research-driven organisation that focuses on human dignity and human rights, education ethics, animal ethics, sustainability ethics, public health ethics, and bioethics. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE During your studies in this programme, you’ll develop the necessary skills to analyse important current ethical issues. You’ll learn to critically propose possible solutions as well as to engage professionals and other concerned individuals in reflection on the moral dimensions of their practice. After completing the programme, you’ll have the tools to: Identify and analyse ethical arguments about moral problems in different social and professional contexts. Present sound input to public debates on moral issues. Formulate theory-based policy recommendations regarding moral issues in specific practices. Organise constructive ethical deliberation in institutional and professional contexts. [-]

MA Applied Musicology

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

The programme Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within international musical practice. [+]

The programme Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within international musical practice. The programme is a reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, whereas at the same time academic musicological skills are ‘translated’ into the day-to-day challenges in a musical life. The programme is designed in a direct dialogue with top of the bill institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum augments the knowledge and skills gained through the Utrecht Bachelor programme in Musicology, with its accents on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media. Students are accompanied intensively while developing research and reflective skills relevant to questions in contemporary music production, programming, financing and participation. Required skills (for example journalistic writing skills) are trained extensively in classroom labs, coached by professors and professionals. CAREER OUTLOOK: Programmer / Researcher at musical organisations Editorial Board Member at broadcast institutions Editor in written media Manager of cultural or educational institutions Programmer for festivals Music Supervisor for sound recording or film companies [-]

MA Art History of the Low Countries

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. [+]

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE LOW COUNTRIES Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. We invite you to critically reflect on the production of art and architecture, and the role of patronage; investigate the reasons why so many artist went abroad, and how they became agents in the international diffusion of art theory, style, and repertoire. You will also have the opportunity to study other specific subjects that align with your own personal interests. Our close ties with major art museums and other cultural organisations both in the Netherlands and abroad mean that the academic and practical work are closely linked. International experiences Dutch students will spend a semester in a major art museum abroad while students from other countries intern at a major Dutch or Flemish art museum. You may also wish to study at another university for one semester. To date, our students have undertaken placements at approximately twenty institutions in eight different countries. Whatever your choice, your internship or study abroad semester will be tailored to your own individual interests. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This Research Master's programme will prepare you for further research by specialising in the art and architecture of the Low Countries. Many graduates have gone on to undertake PhD programmes in the Netherlands or abroad. To name just a few examples, alumni are currently doctoral candidates at KU Leuven, University of Ghent, Paris Sorbonne University, LMU Munich, Goethe University Frankfurt, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, and a number of universities in the United States. Graduates can also apply for curatorial positions requiring specialist skills in art history at museums and research institutes. A number of our graduates are currently employed in print rooms in Brussels and Bruges and the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague. [-]

MA Arts and Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

Our Master’s programme was designed to meet the urgent need for arts professionals who possess rigorous theoretical and research skills coupled with practical abilities and an acute awareness of the current state of the sector at the local and global levels. [+]

WHAT DOES THIS MASTER ENTAIL? Preparing arts professionals for the cultural sector of the future The cultural world is in a state of rapid transformation due to technological innovation, urbanisation, economic globalisation, and an increasingly unpredictable sociopolitical landscape. All facets of the arts – practice, organisation, leadership, societal relevance, and internationalisation (in Europe and beyond) – are affected by this transformation. Utrecht’s Master of Arts and Society will prepare you to operate as a leading figure in the global arts, media, and cultural sectors of the future. Our Master’s programme was designed to meet the urgent need for arts professionals who possess rigorous theoretical and research skills coupled with practical abilities and an acute awareness of the current state of the sector at the local and global levels. As a student in this programme you will explore, for example, the dynamics and dilemmas within existing mainstream culture and its relationship with a growing number of “alternative” cultural practices, new models of creative production and industry, and the ever-increasing role of the arts in social justice. WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAMME AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY? Our Master’s programme is unique in many ways: You will benefit from interdisciplinary programme content that places a special emphasis on participatory arts in social contexts. You will learn from staff with international expertise and benefit from a curriculum with a global orientation. You will have immediate access to your chosen professional field through our close partnerships with creative producers, cultural institutions and enterprises in the Netherlands as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Latin America. You will have a broad range of opportunities for student exchange and joint research through our numerous academic partnerships across the globe. AFTER GRADUATION This programme will equip you with the tools you need for a successful arts career in the Netherlands or abroad. You will also acquire core skills in qualitative research (from conceptualisation to implementation) and grant proposal writing, policy writing, and other forms of technical communication related to the arts sector. As a graduate of our programme, you will: Have an understanding of the latest developments in international discourse on arts and society, which is fed by a variety of scholars from both the humanities and the social sciences. Be able to formulate independent opinions and contribute to this discourse clearly and convincingly. Possess academic and practical skills that you can implement effectively and creatively in your future professional career. You will have acquired these abilities in class, in the library, on the Internet, in practical work, and in the field where you will have carried out research into mainstream and alternative practices. Career prospects Our Master’s programme prepares a new generation of creative critical thinkers and doers for the global cultural sector: cross-sector cultural partnerships (i.e. between arts and healthcare or arts and development), transitional processes of conventional cultural institutions looking for new audiences, research into the social and intrinsic value of art, and intercultural and international collaborations. [-]

MA Comparative Literary Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. [+]

LITERATURE IN A GLOBALISED WORLD Comparative Literary Studies involves the transnational study of literature from a theoretically informed perspective. The Utrecht programme is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation. This Research Master’s programme offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. As a student in this programme, you will learn to analyse the ways in which literature interacts with (and reflects on) its cultural and social environment against the background of globalisation and new media technologies. A COMPARATIVE APPROACH The ‘comparative’ approach characteristic for Utrecht is understood to involve comparison between literary phenomena along three principal axes: transculturality (how does literature reflect and negotiate cultural differences and operate across national borders?) mediality (how does literature work as a medium and relate to other forms of cultural and knowledge production? how are literary phenomena adapted to other media? ) memory (how do stories and cultural forms survive across generations and how are they transformed across time?) PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE As a graduate of this programme, you will have: Advanced knowledge of literary studies, particularly in the literary cultures of the modern period. Thorough knowledge in a specialism within the field or at the interface with another field. The academic skills to independently identify, formulate, analyse, and suggest possible solutions to theoretical and conceptual problems in the field of literary studies. The academic skills to conduct original research in the field of literary studies. The ability to communicate your literary research findings in a manner that meets the standards of this discipline. The skills to apply your knowledge in a professional academic manner. The qualifications to obtain a career as a literary researcher or to acquire a PhD position in this field. [-]

MA Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights will equip you with the necessary analytical and theoretical skills to engage with global and local challenges in insightful and innovative ways. [+]

CONFLICT STUDIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THEORETICAL ANALYSIS AND GROUNDED RESEARCH Why has ’nationalist’ violence erupted in Ukraine? Will cities become the war zones of the future? What role did social media play in the rise and subsequent collapse of the Arab Spring? What are the ethical and political issues associated with the use of drones in zones of conflict - and what impact does this have on the subjects of surveillance? Who defines ‘evil’ and what does ‘doing good’ mean? How do ‘humanitarian wars’ affect the everyday lives of the ‘victims’ they protect? These are just some of the pressing questions arising from the complex interconnectedness of today’s world. A solution to these questions can only be found through systematic analysis of the processes of inclusion and exclusion, mobilisation, and collective violence. Addressing these topics properly demands critical reflection on the national and international policies developed to contain, manage, resolve, or transform violent conflict. Our Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis. The programme focuses on both the dynamics of violent conflicts and the problems associated with national and international military or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organisations. The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Conflict Studies as the best programme. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE The Master's programme in Conflict Studies and Human Rights will equip you with the necessary analytical and theoretical skills to engage with global and local challenges in insightful and innovative ways. You will acquire solid theoretical, analytical, and methodological expertise in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, as well as field experience in conflict and post-conflict regions. You will learn about and develop mastery in three key areas: 1. Subject knowledge You will gain in-depth knowledge of theoretical approaches to understanding and explaining contemporary conflict and human rights. You will also obtain a general understanding of international policy approaches to contemporary conflict and human rights, as well as an understanding of the political contexts in which they are used. 2. Evidence-based social research You will learn to undertake research that consists of systematic analysis and synthesis and is based on a dialogue between ideas and evidence. In the course of this dialogue, you will be able to identify “sensitising concepts” from theory to facilitate your data collection. You will also use theory to gain an understanding of the evidence you gather and to explain your findings. 3. Critical attitude towards received wisdom You will have the conceptual and analytical skills necessary to question conventional ideas and accepted courses of action while defining your own viewpoint. You will also be able to assess the problem of violent conflict and human rights by considering interrelated issues of identity, perception, discourse, and practice as they relate to the individual. [-]

MA Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives. [+]

Dive into expanding theatre and dance and interdisciplinary dramaturgy Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives. Theories and concepts derived from the performing arts are progressively deployed in cultural theory and (social) science. Such a field in transition demands an approach that studies theatre and dance as intermedial and interdisciplinary phenomena, and addresses the interrelationships of these phenomena, the audience and the socio-cultural context. This dynamic is the focus of our Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy programme. What can theatre tell us about everyday life in a digital culture? How does dance inform and shape society? How can we analyse, interpret and respond to this - as critical thinkers? In this programme you will learn how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This programme welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research. A situated perspective, with a practical orientation Fully taught in English, this Master’s programme takes an academic approach to contemporary performance. We closely collaborate with the field of theatre and dance in the Netherlands and Flanders, internationally regarded as the forerunners of the exciting new trends that emerge on the European stage. You will get acquainted with state-of-the-art theory yet we are also actively oriented towards the practice of theatre and dance. This is exemplified by the focus on dramaturgy, an internship in the second semester, and the many opportunities to meet with practitioners, build-in components within the programme and closely related to the staff’s expansive network. Research topics Our research focus areas include: dance, embodiment, and corporeal literacy theory and practice of dramaturgy performance and public space, (urban) scenography intermediality in performance relationships between the performing arts and visual culture AFTER GRADUATION You are an independent thinker who is able to reflect critically on contemporary theatre, dance and performance. You will be acquainted with the latest developments in theatre, dance and dramaturgy, and with affiliated contemporary critical and theoretical approaches. You have gained experience in dramaturgy, drawing from theoretical texts on academic perspectives and the actual practice of theatre and dance dramaturgy. You will know how trends in actual practice relate to recent developments in art criticism, curating and programming. You are able to carry out independent research and report on research outcomes according to international academic standards. You will possess a professional attitude when communicating with practitioners, and will know how to put professional and academic skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic professional field. Career prospects Since the work field is multifaceted and comprises both larger and smaller companies as well as public and private initiatives, many alumni combine various jobs - for instance, dramaturge and writer or programmer and artistic advisor. [-]

MA Cultural History of Modern Europe

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. [+]

Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilisation, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions. This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs. Why study in Utrecht? You will benefit from a unique cultural-historical approach to globalisation that will equip you with interdisciplinary knowledge and tools for analysis. The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad, helping you to expand your networks and gain valuable workplace experience. You will learn from lecturers who are motivated, experienced, and internationally recognised as experts in their fields. You will receive personal help and supervision throughout your studies. Part-time The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one. AFTER GRADUATION After graduating from the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will: Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand processes of identity formation in their cultural-historical context. Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between material facts and cultural constructs, between historical sources and folk tales, and between history, memories, and heritage. Have a global perspective and understand how European cultural-historical developments relate to the rest of the world. Understand the cultural-historical backgrounds of contemporary culturally diverse societies. Be prepared for a profession that involves a combination of theoretical reflection and analytical and communicative skills. Career prospects Graduates from our programme have found jobs in museums and heritage organisations, as well as in the field of (secondary) education. [-]

MA Gender Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

Our Master’s programme in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'. [+]

BECOME AN ANALYTICALLY SKILLED ‘AGENT OF CHANGE’ How do gender, race, class, sexuality and age contribute to the formation of social identities? What role do ensuing power differences between these factors play in our globalised and mediatised world? What measures have been taken, in the past and the present, in order to prevent discrimination and exclusion? And how do academic, cultural, artistic, journalistic, and policy-making institutions respond to these societal challenges? Emancipation, the recognition of differences, and awareness of intersections of gender with other factors of identity making (class, race, age, sexuality, etc.) are crucial tools in analysing social and cultural relations in today’s postcolonial and post-secular societies. Our Master’s programme in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'. Theory and practice Your education in gender studies will combine theoretical knowledge with its practical application in all parts of the programme. You will develop research skills through intensive coursework and participate in an internship that combines your subject matter interests with professional experience. Theory and practice come together in your final thesis project, which serves to synthesise your one-year experience in gender studies at Utrecht University. After completing this one-year programme, you will be able to develop sustainable perspectives for future research and action, and have the motivation and knowledge to implement these perspectives in emancipation policies, diversity management, social and cultural initiatives, and political activism. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE After graduation, you will have advanced knowledge of and insight into the field of women’s and gender studies. You will be an expert on factors of identity making such as gender, class, race, age, and sexuality. You will also have the academic skills to: Explore social and cultural relations in today’s globalised societies, in an interdisciplinary manner. Develop and implement sustainable perspectives in emancipation policies, diversity management, cultural initiatives, and political activism. Critically investigate power differences and processes of inclusion/exclusion, discrimination, and emancipation. Reflect on how academic, cultural, artistic, journalistic, and policy-making institutions respond to societal challenges. Consider postcolonial and postsecular contexts in your work. In addition, you will be able to reflect on your course work and further develop your professional practices during your internship. You will then employ these practices in a theory based academic thesis. [-]

MA Gender Studies (Research)

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In this two-year Research Master in Gender Studies (before 'Gender and Ethnicity'), you will analyse and problematise various structurally embedded conceptions about gender and ethnicity while considering other axes of difference, such as religion, age, and sexuality. [+]

WHAT DOES THIS RESEARCH MASTER ENTAIL? Reconfigure identity constructions and power differences in our globalised world How do gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age contribute to the formation of social identities? What role do ensuing power differences between these play in our globalised and mediatised world? What measures have been taken in the past and the present to prevent discrimination and exclusion? In this two-year Research Master in Gender Studies (before 'Gender and Ethnicity'), you will analyse and problematise various structurally embedded conceptions about gender and ethnicity while considering other axes of difference, such as religion, age, and sexuality. Together with the academic staff and fellow students representing different academic fields—ranging from anthropology to literary studies—you will investigate gendered and racialised phenomena in a highly interdisciplinary setting. Epistemology, politics, and ethics During the courses and seminars, you will approach theories about subjectivity and representation from epistemological, political, and ethical perspectives. How have feminist theorists rethought Freud’s and Lacan’s ideas on (female) subjectivity, for instance? What differences do you see constructed between the East and the West in films, literature, and art works? You will also investigate the development of feminist theories and the history and current statuses of colonial, post-colonial, and multicultural societies. In addition, you will explore the representation of gender and ethnicity in literature, new media, and new technologies. International reputation Utrecht University’s Research Master in Gender Studies is one of Europe’s most advanced interdisciplinary teaching and research programme in Gender Studies. Our research-focussed programme prepares students for postgraduate or PhD work in Gender Studies and related fields. You will benefit from engaging in a challenging and international setting that offers multiple avenues of investigation into complex social phenomena. The programme is closely allied with academics and institutions both within and outside Europe and offers an internationally recognised degree. AFTER GRADUATION After successfully completing this programme, you will possess advanced knowledge of and insight into the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies. You will also have the academic skills to: Critically investigate the multiple approaches, methods, and topics currently addressed by scholars in this field. Analyse factors of identity making such as gender, class, ethnicity, age, and sexuality in different globalized contexts. Analyse power differences and processes of inclusion and exclusion, discrimination, and emancipation. Reflect on how academic, cultural, artistic, journalistic, and policy-making institutions respond to societal challenges. Formulate research questions, locate and interpret sources, assess the significance of your own research within the framework of current debates, and report your findings. Career prospects After completing the Research Master in Gender Studies you are qualified to apply for a postgraduate or doctoral research programme in the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies. Furthermore, gender experts can also work at governmental organisations, NGO's, national and international women's organisations, and cultural institutions. [-]

MA Global Criminology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The MA in Global Criminology is a one-year Master’s programme that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies. [+]

Do you want to understand the role of Mexico in the cocaine trade, why a Dutch multinational dumps waste on an African country, or how young Dutch Muslims are recruited for fighting in Syria? Are you curious about phenomena such as internet fraud, food criminality or mobile banditism? Old and new forms of global crime are rapidly expanding, as are the means to control it. The Netherlands serves both as a major crossroad in the illegal flow of goods, people and services and as a key host for international organisations such as Europol, Greenpeace and the International Criminal Court. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, international terrorism, corruption, environmental harm, financial and corporate crime and conflicts over natural resources all have global dimensions. Tackling these issues requires modern instruments that transcend national boundaries. There is a growing demand for qualified researchers, legal practitioners and policy makers who can address these and comparable issues. Are you a multidisciplinary expert or criminologist who wants to make a significant contribution to the field? Are you someone who wants to work in the field of law and social reform – or any sector dealing with growing forms of local and global crime control? Do you want to be part of a Master’s programme with students from different continents? Then the MA in Global Criminology at Utrecht University is the right choice for you! The MA in Global Criminology is a one-year Master’s programme that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies. The programme offers a multidisciplinary, critical and comparative perspective in criminology, open for students with a BA degree in law, criminology, social sciences, or any other related social discipline such as economy, history or media studies, to name a few. TRACKS You can choose from two distinctive tracks within the Global Criminology programme. Find out more about the following tracks: Global Crime ... [-]

MA History

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Research Master in History is designed to train you to become an independent researcher in a specialty of your choice. We will help you develop your creative and independent-thinking skills, but we will also teach you the tricks of the trade: how to ask the right questions, develop a theoretical framework, design empirical strategies, and report your findings. [+]

Judged best in the field Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s History programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Stepping stone to a career in research The History Master’s programme offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to perform research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice. Our History Department offers a broad range of historical expertise in four scholarly fields: political history cultural history history of international relations and conflict studies economic and social history The programme’s courses are taught in small groups by first-rate instructors. You will learn advanced research skills whilst developing historical expertise in your specific areas of interest. We will also challenge you to connect your work to ongoing scholarly debates and to reflect on current affairs. To develop your skills as an independent researcher, you will have the opportunity to pursue a research internship with a variety of professional organisations. You can also choose to spend one semester abroad at a major research university. After successful completion of the programme, you will be fully qualified to work as a researcher for public and private organisations or to apply for PhD positions in your field of interest. AFTER GRADUATION The Research Master in History is designed to train you to become an independent researcher in a specialty of your choice. We will help you develop your creative and independent-thinking skills, but we will also teach you the tricks of the trade: how to ask the right questions, develop a theoretical framework, design empirical strategies, and report your findings. Our interdisciplinary staff will encourage you to participate in collaborative work – both within history and beyond. After successful completion of the programme, you will be fully qualified to apply for PhD positions. Most of our students aspire to become academic researchers, but you will discover that there is a much broader demand for excellent research skills from non-academic public and private organisations. We encourage our students to explore these job opportunities outside academia. [-]

MA History of Politics and Society

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

During the Master’s programme History of Politics and Society, you will acquire the knowledge and tools to thoughtfully interpret the past in order to benefit the present. [+]

Use historical insights to solve present-day issues Have you wondered how some societies manage to achieve wealth, security, justice, and freedom – and eventual happiness – while others do not? What role do citizenship, democracy, and the organisation of the market play in this process? Why do you think it is so difficult to avoid negative effects such as social polarisation and environmental damage? History and origins of institutions These are the core questions addressed in our Master’s programme in History of Politics and Society. The central theme is the concept of ‘institutions’, in the broadest sense of the word: the formal and informal rules, customs, and organisational structures that make up a society, but are themselves the result of a historical development process. As such, this programme is closely related to Institutions, one of Utrecht University’s strategic international research themes. In this programme, you will study the history and origins of institutions over the past 1,000 years. The emphasis is mainly on Europe in the modern age, but emphatically placed within a broader perspective, as the programme also pays attention to other eras and other parts of the world. You will combine your historical knowledge and academic skills with concepts from the social sciences. You will learn how to use comparative research methods, and methods for long-term analysis. You will develop the tools to contribute, as a historian, to the solution of contemporary problems. Language of instruction The core courses of the programme are offered only in English. For the other courses you may choose between Dutch- and English-taught courses. Part-time The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one. AFTER GRADUATION After completing their studies, many historians pursue careers as government researchers or policy assistants. Graduates find work in public or semi-public organisations, at NGOs, in the business world, or in media. During the Master’s programme History of Politics and Society, you will acquire the knowledge and tools to thoughtfully interpret the past in order to benefit the present. You will acquire a thorough knowledge of the origins and development of social institutions from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will learn to understand how these institutions have influenced social and political relationships, economic affluence, and individual and collective well-being. You will develop the skills needed to analyse social issues from a historical perspective. You will learn how to develop scenarios and use instruments to contribute solutions to social issues. Career prospects There are a number of job market segments where there is a need for people who can tie together the past, present, and future: employees who help shape the future by providing insight into the origins of contemporary society. [-]

MA Intercultural Communication

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Intercultural Communication Master’s programme teaches you how to approach linguistic and cultural diversity in various, international, contexts. It is implementation-oriented, interdisciplinary, international and multilingual. [+]

Successful approach to linguistic and cultural diversity in international settings The world is becoming ever ‘smaller’. Due to technological and economic developments we are increasingly being brought into contact with different languages and cultures. Whether in multicultural societies, international organisations or online: communication has become an international, and, therefore, an intercultural, matter. In business, too, the importance of cultural parameters and mutual perceptions are rapidly increasing. Practice-oriented research The Intercultural Communication Master’s programme teaches you how to approach linguistic and cultural diversity in various, international, contexts. It is implementation-oriented, interdisciplinary, international and multilingual. After graduation your skills as a multilingual and intercultural expert mean you will be ready to contribute to mutual understanding within Europe and to the good worldwide relationships that are so important in this age of globalisation. Interdisciplinary Over the course of a year the Master’s will prepare you for an international profession. You will learn how to analyse communication products and processes present in the multilingual contexts of international organisations. By using an interdisciplinary method you will become experienced in communication from a linguistic, communicative, cultural, anthropological and management perspective. Multilingual Intercultural communication is a joint programme including expertise from German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish researchers and lecturers. Therefore you are free to choose your own study path: a language-specific programme which includes a high level of second/foreign language training in one of the language mentioned before. (For further information: Tracks). Or you could opt for a non-language-specific, multilingual programme in which you will learn how to analyse communication processes within different languages and cultures. All tracks are open for international students that want to increase their intercultural and multilingual competencies in an international context. Do you already have a job? Improve your chances in the international communication sector We have seen a growing interest in the Intercultural Communication Master’s programme from communication professionals over the last few years. Whether you are looking to take a sabbatical from work or you are an independent professional looking to improve your chances in internationalisation, this Master’s offers you a number of possibilities. You can increase your employability and enrich your CV. You could also enrol in individual courses. We know that some companies and organisations are willing to help their employees pursue their studies, for instance by allowing them to attend lectures during working hours. AFTER GRADUATION You will be able to analyse language, culture and communication in international and multilingual contexts. You will be able to put communication theory into practice and successfully streamline communication processes. You will have gained language and culture specific competencies in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish or Dutch. You will have acquired intercultural competencies such as the ability to change your perspective or to reflect on otherness, and how to adapt to a strange setting. You will have experience in giving intercultural advice, cultural mediation and coaching, and intercultural marketing. Job market After you have successfully finished your studies you will be ready for various positions in which intercultural communication processes in an organisational and cultural context are key. You will be able to design and implement (practice-oriented) language and communication research. Or you could advise companies and organisations on communication processes for migrants and expats (communicative auditing). [-]

MA International Relations in Historical Perspective

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics. [+]

Judged best in the field Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s International Relations in Historical Perspective programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated International Relations as the best programme. Explore complex issues in modern international relations Will the EU become a union under German leadership? Are we heading for a new Cold War with Russia? Have the Asian superpowers surpassed their former colonial rulers? Does the current climate of increasing international competition and growing nationalism still allow enough space for ethical norms and values such as human rights? How can terrorist violence be countered? Is it possible to control such violence with warfare and the optimal use of ‘intelligence’? The international political stage is much like a game of chess between multiple players. During the course of this Master’s programme you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics. Bridging history and political science Political theory is an important tool in the analysis of international developments. In order to fully understand those developments, however, you need a wider historical viewpoint. Nothing is without its history – and while history never repeats itself exactly, you can learn a great deal from it. By bridging history and political science, the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective (IR/HP) offers in-depth insight into both worlds. Build a strong foundation for understanding modern politics The programme content uses central research themes that help shed light on modern international politics and provide students with the tools to analyse a wide range of topics. During your studies, you will select a theme to focus on in greater depth: The history of war and violence, such as the meaning of security concerns, terrorism, humanitarian interventions, and intelligence. The development of norms and values in international relations, such as the development of international law and human rights. The history of European interstate relations, such as the European integration process. The history of colonialism, decolonisation, and modern North-South relations. Internship During the programme, you can choose to participate in an internship of at least three months, which is an important step towards obtaining future employment. You will put your knowledge and skills into practice, and this experience will form an important part of your resume. Recent enquiry shows that 80% of students who participated in an internship find employment within a year of graduating. AFTER GRADUATION After graduating from the Master of International Relations in Historical Perspective programme, you will have: Gained insight into the history of international relations, especially of the 20th and 21st centuries. Become an expert in one of the research areas central to the programme. Learned to name relevant issues in modern politics and to study them independently. Gained research skills, with emphasis on research into historical sources and the use of theories from within the field of international relations. Learned to report research clearly and understandably, in both written and oral form. Career prospects Professionals with an IR/HP degree find their way easily in the world of international politics, and their career options extend beyond foreign affairs, the EU, and the UN. Graduates will have the skills to create effective policy, and such expertise can be employed in other areas as well. [-]

MA Linguistics

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This two-year Research Master’s programme in Linguistics brings together students from all over the world who combine their unique talents and backgrounds with a shared interest in languages, and the way language is embedded in human cognition. [+]

Judged best in the field The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2015 ranked Utrecht University’s Linguistics programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. WHAT DOES THIS RESEARCH MASTER ENTAIL? Cognitive faculties underlying human language The very fact that we have and use languages is part of what makes us human. Many different languages are spoken in the world. In this programme, you get to reflect on their structures and what drives language variation and change. How do we acquire language? How is it processed in the brain? How do we use it? Communicating by means of language is a crucial ingredient of success in modern society. You will learn the principles of first language acquisition, and what is special about learning more languages. The programme also satisfies your curiosity to know more about the way language is processed in the brain and how we use it. The key focus of the Research Master’s programme in Linguistics is on the cognitive faculties underlying human language, and their interaction. International community This two-year Research Master’s programme in Linguistics brings together students from all over the world who combine their unique talents and backgrounds with a shared interest in languages, and the way language is embedded in human cognition. Theory driven empirical research The programme offers a broad focus on: theoretical linguistics (phonology, syntax, semantics) psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language processing) language use (discourse studies, bilingualism, phonetics, historical linguistics) You will acquire a solid background in all three domains, and then choose a series of elective courses in order to specialise in one area. You will receive training in empirical, computational, and experimental methodology, and you will practice designing, planning, and carrying out a research project during your internship and thesis work. AFTER GRADUATION You are equiped with a broad understanding of the field of linguistics, and in-depth knowledge of a particular linguistics subdiscipline. You have learned to apply your knowledge to new topics and to reflect critically on existing knowledge and current research. You have acquired the academic, communication and methodological skills that prepare you for carrying out your own research. In your internship and thesis under the supervision of senior researchers of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, you have learned to formulate original research questions, and develop answers. Academic career As a graduate of the Research Master Linguistics, you will be highly eligible for a PhD position or for a position within a public or private organisation. Many alumni pursue academic careers, while others obtain traineeships in natural language resource firms, junior research positions in international organisations and research facilities, teaching positions in secondary schools and colleges, etc. [-]

MA Literature Today

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Do you wonder how a literary work becomes a classic or bestseller in the Digital Age? Would you like to learn about the steps taken between publishing a manuscript and the media reviews, talk shows, or blogs in which the work is discussed? Then this Master's programme might be for you. [+]

A laboratory of ideas, reflection, and narratives in the Digital Age Do you wonder how a literary work becomes a classic or bestseller in the Digital Age? Would you like to learn about the steps taken between publishing a manuscript and the media reviews, talk shows, or blogs in which the work is discussed? Then this Master's programme might be for you. Literature today continues to inspire as a laboratory of ideas, dreams, and narratives, even while facing new challenges. Novels, poems, and short stories now reach their audiences through printed books, e-books, and audiobooks, and through the Internet. Literary texts, including the classics, are being adapted to games and TV dramas, yet a growing numbers of visitors to book fairs shows that literature itself remains a powerful medium. In the Master’s programme Literature Today, you will learn to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. You will be equipped with the tools to identify and explain the quality of literary works in times of increasing commercialisation. You will learn how literature circulates within the market as part of a creative industry sustained by centuries-old tradition, and you will investigate from theoretical and practical angles how to help to spread literature, explain it to a broader public, and translate academic insights for the reading public. Critical reflection, building up a repertoire, the consolidation of writing skills, and an understanding of how literary institutions operate in an era of globalisation are central to your studies during this programme. You can also complete an internship with publishing houses, media corporations, libraries, literary foundations, or cultural institutions – the job market and professional field for which this Master’s programme prepares you. TRACKS You can choose from among the following tracks to tailor the programme to your interests and desired career path: 1. English and Comparative Literature (entirely in English) 2. Dutch Literature (in Dutch and English) 3a. French Literature (Modern European Literature) 3b. German Literature (Modern European Literature) 3c. Italian Literature (Modern European Literature) 3d. Spanish Literature (Modern European Literature) AFTER GRADUATION As a graduate of the Master in Literature Today, you will be trained to critically engage with the challenges that confront literature in our globalised, digitalised, and commercialised world. The programme content approaches these challenges from both a theoretical and practical perspective so that you will be fully prepared for the job market. During your studies, the programme will: Provide you with knowledge about the sociocultural contexts in which literature is created, distributed, and read. Teach you to critically reflect on contemporary issues concerning the field of literature. Train your analytical and writing skills so that you will be able to translate academic knowledge to a broad public. Allow you to profile yourself as an expert in literature from a specific language area. Career prospects During your studies, you will become acquainted with different literary institutions that operate in the field of literature and culture. After finishing the programme, you can use the academic and practical skills acquired during your year of study and begin working at one of these institutions. Judged best in the field The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2016 ranked Utrecht University’s Literature programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Elsevier Best Studies Top Rated Programme In this year's Elsevier Best Studies Survey, students have also rated Utrecht University’s Literature programme as the best programme. [-]

MA Media, Art and Performance Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

This Research Master's programme in Media, Art & Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance. [+]

Emerging technologies and practices in transition This Research Master's programme in Media, Art & Performance Studies is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance. Cultural transformations Contemporary media, art and performance increasingly play with and transcend disciplinary boundaries. Intermedial and performative practices both produce and critically investigate cultural transitions in today’s mediatized and performative culture. Such synergies invite to explore how emerging forms of media, art and performance – while historically and culturally embedded - interact with and relate to social and cultural transformations. Emerging media, art and performance As a student of this programme, you will be introduced to and specialise in new research areas and methodologies, necessary for investigating emerging media, performance and contemporary art forms within today's rapidly changing culture. In relation to this you will also reflect on the role of the Humanities in both academic and public debates. A mediatised culture and society Central concerns in this programme are, amongst others: the role and meaning of (visual) media in a mediatised society, inter- and transmedial practices in theatre, dance, film, television, digital media and visual arts; spectator- and usership, the performative turn in contemporary arts and media; technology, materiality and corporeal literacies; game, play and activism; changing institutions, mobile and/or location-based media, urban interfaces, navigational screen-based practices; art and media ecologies. Comparative approaches We approach this broad field from a range of comparative and intermedial perspectives, focusing primarily on the dynamics of change and exchange between media, contemporary arts and performance within a culture and society in transition. How does the ubiquity of media technology change our understanding of the world and our sense of self within it, as well as how we communicate and act? Research Questions In this programme you will reflect on questions such as how media have developed from the time of early cinema up to current new media art; how the definition of 'live' has changed alongside these mediatised cultural forms. How has the performative turn changed the ways we think about audiences? How do media technologies facilitate new methods of self-staging and social performance? What is the influence of media and technology on way we curate and educate in museums and archives and other cultural institutions. In this age of selfies, datafication, (self-) staging and re-staging, and playful learning, you will examine how various media, art forms, and performance have been used for critical analysis, civic engagement, entertainment and educational purposes. You will do this by asking how digital technologies, dramaturgical and artistic strategies alter ways of dealing with knowledge production and distribution, and how these transitions have contributed to and also ask for new methods of research. AFTER GRADUATION This programme will train you as a researcher within the field of Media, Contemporary Art and Performance Studies, to either prepare you for a PhD position, or for research-oriented positions in professional contexts of cultural institutions such as archives, museums, art institutions, theatres, for education, (non-)governmental organisations, or in creative industries. After completing the programme: You have acquired knowledge of the history and the state of the art in media, visual art and performance practice and research, as well as insight in current public, academic and critical debates. You will know how to employ an intermedial and historically informed comparative approach for studying emergent media, art and performance practices, and how to use and develop research methodologies related to this perspective. you’ll have the skills to critically investigate relations and transitions in the field of media, art and performance and are trained to communicate research outcomes to fellow researchers and other professionals, as well as to a general audience. You are equiped with the advanced knowledge level necessary to compete in the academic and professional field. You will have the ability to effectively communicate theoretical insights that will contribute to the field, as well as having broader social and cultural relevance. You are able to reflect upon the social and ethical implications of developments within the field of media, art and performance and contemporary humanities research. The Research Master’s is aimed at excellent students from both the Netherlands and overseas, who have a background in the history and theory of contemporary art, or media and performance studies with a focus on theatre, dance, film, television, and/or digital media. Career prospects Alumni of the Media, Art and Performance Studies Research Master’s have been successful in obtaining PhD positions in various prestigious international programmes. Graduates also find their way to other job markets. For example in the domain of curation, dramaturgy, or media consultancy. [-]

MA Musicology

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. [+]

STUDYING MUSIC IN DEPTH Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music. WESTERN MUSIC FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. Although the emphasis of our teaching and research activity is on historical musicology, there are also courses which bring together both historical and systematic approaches. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, postcolonial studies, and Computational Humanities. This programme aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years. HALLMARKS OF RESEARCH Our current research focuses on topics such as late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Dutch song culture from the Middle Ages to the present, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the evolution of music within colonial and post-colonial settings, and the interaction between music and media. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced by guest lectures and master classes led by international experts. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE This programme will give you the specialist knowledge, insight and skills necessary to pursue further study at PhD level or a career as a researcher. As a graduate of this programme, you will possess: Thorough knowledge of the field of musicology. Sophisticated knowledge of a research specialism, either within the field of musicology, and/or an interdisciplinary subject. The academic and professional skills needed to identify, define, analyse, and solve research problems. The academic skills needed to conduct independent research in the field of musicology and to report on this research at an advanced level. [-]

MA New Media & Digital Culture

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

During the one-year Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture, you will delve into the many aspects of what it means to live in an age of new media. Guided by an international team of experienced scholars, you will assist with current research projects and learn to reflect critically on how present-day cultures are shaped by games, social media, internet activism, apps, data visualisations, mobile devices, algorithms, and participatory platforms. [+]

ASSESS THE MEANINGS AND EFFECTS OF NEW MEDIA New media produced by vast and rapidly expanding creative and commercial industries have become an important part of many everyday activities. Would you like to explore how they are changing our daily practices and cultures? During the one-year Master’s programme in New Media and Digital Culture, you will delve into the many aspects of what it means to live in an age of new media. Guided by an international team of experienced scholars, you will assist with current research projects and learn to reflect critically on how present-day cultures are shaped by games, social media, internet activism, apps, data visualisations, mobile devices, algorithms, and participatory platforms. You will also complete a research internship to complement your theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice. By actively taking part in ongoing research, you will build an extensive network of international connections that will help you start a promising career. Moderately sized groups of students, individual tutoring, and the chance to participate in international research projects provide you with multiple ways to develop your skills, explore your interests, and achieve valuable academic and personal results. Our dynamic and active community of students, alumni, and scholars provides a wide array of extracurricular activities and access to a large network of practitioners, media artists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and activists from the most diverse strands of digital culture. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE We offer a stimulating learning environment in which you will develop the vocabulary to analyse and reflect on the meanings, functions, and effects of new media technologies. You will develop the ability to translate your new media knowledge and skills into practical advice, policies, and applications. You will acquire the tools to become a critical citizen, journalist, researcher, teacher, writer, designer, or policy-maker of the future. [-]

MA Philosophy

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Research Master in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field. [+]

EXPLORE FUNDAMENTAL PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES AND THEIR HISTORY Do you have a strong desire to sharpen and clarify the loose arguments and vague concepts we all encounter in newspaper articles, textbook readings and everyday conversations? Are you at least as interested in questioning answers as answering questions? The Research Master in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field. Philosophy is a selective, two-year, English-language programme that emphasises active participation in research. During your studies, you will develop the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be a successful researcher - whether you go on to pursue a PhD in philosophy (our graduates have been highly successful in securing PhD grants) or to pursue a career in one of the many fields that require key research skills. As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to approach your ongoing work with analytical rigor, conceptual clarity, expressive precision, compelling argumentation, and a keen awareness of historical perspectives. A solid foundation plus specialised knowledge The programme combines an advanced grounding in the core themes and texts of philosophy with ample opportunity and flexibility for specialisation. Through elective seminars, specialised tutorials, and seminars at other universities in the Netherlands or abroad, you will have the opportunity to dive into issues, methods, and philosophers that are central to your own research project. Moreover, since you will conduct your research in an active research community of postdocs, PhD researchers, and senior staff, you will gain hands-on experience as a researcher and participant in current international discussions in philosophy. PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE During this Research Master’s programme, you will develop the knowledge and skills to participate in the international research community in philosophy. Our course content offers high standards of analytical rigor, conceptual clarity, expressive precision, compelling argumentation, and historical perspective. Your studies will also help you acquire: A comprehensive knowledge of central philosophical debates, methods, and texts. Advanced insights into your chosen area of specialisation. The ability to understand and analyse the claims and arguments made in philosophical texts (both classic texts and contemporary research publications). The ability to identify, formulate, investigate, and propose solutions to research problems in philosophy. The ability to express yourself effectively and coherently in written and spoken English, including utilising specialised terminology related to the field. [-]

MA Religious Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

The Research Master's programme in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion, and to make your own contributions to the field. [+]

Explore religion and its interconnections with society and culture Are you interested in the vibrant world of religions? Do you want to study how sacred texts such as the Bible or the Quran have been formed and interpreted throughout the ages? Do you want to understand why religious images, buildings, clothes, and everyday practices often provoke fierce debates or even violent conflicts? The Research Master's programme in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion, and to make your own contributions to the field. Specialisation The programme combines an advanced grounding in the central themes and theories of the study of religion, with ample opportunity for specialisation. You can choose and develop your specific expertise in relation to one of the key research areas of our institute. Religious texts and interpretative practices: This research area focuses on the study of religious traditions from the perspective of sacred texts: their interpretation and the religious rituals and practices associated with them, and discussions on the authority of religious texts. Materiality and physicality of lived religion: This area focuses on the study of the use of the body and the senses in religious practices, such as praying, dancing, fighting, and fasting; the function of objects withing the context of religious practices, such as images, buildings, food, clothing, and money; and public controversies. As a student of this programme, you will become part of an international community of students, PhD researchers, postdocs, and senior scholars working together at a leading research institute. You will attend small-scale seminars and learn from renowned scholars, who will actively involve you in their own research. AFTER GRADUATION During this Research Master’s programme, you will develop the knowledge and skills to independently develop and carry out high-quality research in various branches of Religious Studies. As a graduate of this programme, you will have: A broad understanding of the entire field of Religious Studies. Thorough knowledge and methodological skills in a specific subfield. The knowledge and skills to present research results both orally and in writing. An international network of junior and senior scholars in the field of Religious Studies. The programme also equips you for further advanced research, such as a PhD in Religious Studies or related disciplines (such as Islamic Studies or Anthropology), or for a career in one of the many fields that require advanced research skills. Academic career After successful completion of the programme, you are fully prepared to compete successfully for PhD positions in Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, or cognate disciplines (such as Anthropology). Your training also equips you to pursue non-academic career paths requiring advanced research skills. [-]

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