The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) organises all Utrecht University Master's and PhD programmes focused on micro-organisms, plants, animals, humans, the molecules of life, and health & disease.

Theory and practice of high quality

The School combines training and education for Master's students and PhD candidates, thus incorporating theory and practice at both levels and allowing overall quality control and consistency.

Several ways are used to enhance the community building within the different people of the GSLS

Master's introduction course

During the Introducing Life Sciences  course all aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development, and valorisation & industry are covered. One of the major learning outcomes is that the student has made a flying start in building his/her life sciences network. More information about the ILS course.

Life Sciences seminars

Every month the Life Sciences seminars are organised for all GSLS students. The seminars are given by well-known, international scientists who present their research on topics covering the full range of biomedical and life sciences. More information about the Life Sciences seminars.


Life Sciences Representatives (LSR) is a student initiative to represent the interests and rights of all Master's students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences at Utrecht University. The LSR consists of at least one Masters student of every programme within the School. More information about the LSR, its functions and its members.

Research within the Master's and PhD programmes built on four faculties

All Master's and PhD programmes within the Graduate School of Life Sciences are linked to renowned Utrecht research areas and combine the expertise and education facilities of the Faculties of Science and Social & Behavioural Sciences (Psychology), with the fundamental and clinical research and education of the Faculties of Medicine (University Medical Center Utrecht) and Veterinary Medicine. This combination is unique in the Netherlands and has gained a strong international reputation in biomedical and life sciences research.

Read more about Life Sciences research.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences has four different study-related student associations. These associations organise both social and academic activities. You may become a member and participate in the activities and/or help in organising them. Find more information in our Study Guide.