General information

The 21st century could be described as the century of the Life Sciences: research is unravelling the great questions about life, health, disease and development. New, fundamental insights will lead to new clinical research and treatments, new medicines, and new policy in the field of nutrition and health. Utrecht University wishes to maintain its position as a leading European research university and so it established six Graduate Schools in 2005, including the Graduate School of Life Sciences. This school brings together all the training in the Master’s and PhD research programmes in Life Sciences at Utrecht University.

Interdisciplinary research and training

Research at the GSLS is highly interdisciplinary. Breakthroughs take place where physics and medicine, and chemistry, pharmacy and biology interact. A traditional faculty structure with classic mono-disciplinary degrees such as biology, chemistry and medicine is no longer appropriate. The GSLS aims to train Master’s students and PhD candidates so that they can engage in independent research in a multidisciplinary setting. So, the GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the Faculty of Medicine (University Medical Center Utrecht), the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and the Faculty of Science for this purpose. The School has been structured along the lines of thematic, interdisciplinary programmes that correspond to the focus areas adopted by Utrecht University in this area.

Would you like to know more about the GSLS? Listen to the first episode of the Radio Life Sciences podcast for an interview with the director of the GSLS, prof. dr. Harold van Rijen.

The Faculty of Science is responsible for the Biosciences students enrolled in one of the following Master's programmes:

  • Bio Inspired Innovation
  • Bioinformatics and BioComplexity
  • Drug Innovation
  • Environmental Biology
  • Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
  • Science and Business Management

The Faculty of Medicine is responsible for the Biomedical Sciences students enrolled in one of the following Master's programmes:

  • Biofabrication
  • Biology of Disease
  • Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology Postgraduate
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical Imaging
  • Neuroscience and Cognition
  • One Health
  • Regenerative Medicine and Technology
  • Toxicology and Environmental Health