In this Master’s programme you can opt for one course. All the faculty’s elective courses are worth 5 ECTS.

Your elective course may depend on which track you choose (more information on our Courses page). All the tracks consist of two courses worth 5 ECTS each: one offered by your own Master’s programme and the other by another study programme. In September  you must choose which track you want to follow. The track registration is no later than 30 September.

Between Thursday 28 October at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday 3 November at 11:59 p.m., you will select an elective course from the range of courses offered by all the Master's programmes in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, using OSIRIS Student.

Your elective choices within your Master’s programme can also comprise a Master’s course at another faculty or academic university in the Netherlands. Any Master’s programme course of 5 EC or more offered by a Dutch university (in Dutch or English) is eligible for an elective. It is your own responsibility to make sure that such an elective fits into the schedule of your programme.

If you want to choose a course at a different department / faculty within Utrecht University for your elective choices in your Master’s programme, you should take the enrolment period into account. Do not forget that a course may be full during the late enrolment period.

Recommended course for all social science students:

Neighbourhoods and crime (Social Geography, GEO4-3316)
This course examines crime from a social geographic perspective, focusing on the spatial aspects of crime in a metropolitan context. In particular, this course addresses the question of how specific physical and social composition of city neighbourhoods relate to crime.

This course is offered by GEO sciences. You can register for this course by sending an email to before 16 October 2021.

Earth Sciences

Please select the Master's programme of your choice and check the admission requirements. Please mail any queries to Ingrid Beekman (

Human Geography and Spatial Planning

To follow a course in Geography and Spatial Planning, you must meet the requirements. Please select the Master's programme of your choice and check the admission requirements. Please mail any queries to Erika van Middelkoop (

Innovation, Environmental and Energy Science

This covers the following Master’s programmes:

  • Innovation Sciences
  • Energy Science
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Business & Innovation
  • Water Science & Management

To attend courses of one of these Master’s programmes, you must meet the entrance requirements. Check the course description in OSIRIS to find out which entrance requirements apply.


An application for Pharmacy courses can be submitted to These courses are subject to strict admission requirements (in Dutch). You should check beforehand whether you meet these conditions.


You can only attend Humanities courses if you meet the admission requirements. Please contact the Humanities Student Information Desk via and attach the course coordinator’s enrolment permission. The Student Desk team will then enroll you for the course.

For more information about the entrance requirements and the course coordinator, check the course description in OSIRIS.

Need help? Use the planning tool

From October 14, you can use the Course Planner to help you plan the elective course into your schedule. Log in first (at the top right of the screen), then read the instructions in the manual (pdf) or watch the instruction video.