The courses below are 7,5 EC (unless indicated otherwise). The period (1/2/3/4) and time slot (A/B/C/D) are stated in parentheses per course, see schedules. You take 15 EC per period from different timeslots. You have to register for courses yourself.

Year 1

In your first year you take six compulsory courses (45 EC) and you do a consultancy project (15 EC). 

Year 2

In your second year you take two elective courses (15 EC) and you write your Master’s thesis (45 EC). Electives allow you to specialise in a field of your interest and can be related to your thesis topic. These must be relevant to your programme. You can choose from the recommended electives (below) or you can choose your own course and ask your programme leader (and the Board of Examiners) if they will accept it. It is possible to take other courses offered by Utrecht University, another Dutch university, or a university abroad. Before you make your choice, please read the selection regulations in appendix I of the Study Guide of the current academic year.



Electives mentioned in the student’s academic progress review in Osiris are pre-approved by the programme leader/ track coordinator and by the Board of Examiners. Students can enroll for those courses via Osiris. It remains the student’s responsibility to make sure that: 

  • The course is available to students of your programme;  
  • The student fulfills the entrance requirements of the course (if applicable). Actual participation is only possible if students satisfy the course’s entrance conditions; in case of doubt they should contact the course coordinator first;  
  • The course is not taught in the same period and timeslot as another course the student has selected. 

If the course is from another department than the Copernicus Institute, it may be that other students have priority and that they are therefore placed on a waiting list. 

The application for a non-pre-approved elective is done by a written request (form) to the track coordinator/programme leader. More information can be found in the Blackboard community of your programme. 

Approval electives

If you want to take an elective course from the list under Recommended electives this course is automatically processed in Osiris as an elective course. If you want to follow another elective that is not on the list (e.g. at another Faculty of the UU, another University in the Netherlands of abroad) you need to ask permission by the programme leader BEFORE the course starts. Please send in this case the elective application form to the Board of Examiners ( to get your electives approved. You can either ask the Programme Coordinator to sign the application form before sending it, or forward an email containing the approval to the Board of Examiners.