Have you run into a dead end in your academic progress or are you experiencing problems of a more personal nature? You do not have to tackle your issues on your own. Utrecht University has many members of staff who can assist and advise you. The University has a variety of specialized counsellors that you can contact.

Within your programme Dr. David Baneke is study advisor and tutor. He will provide counselling during the first year and he is available for questions regarding study planning.

The Student Desk is the first port of call for all Master's students of the Faculty of Science

Practical details

Location 1st floor in the main hall of the Minnaert building, room 1.20

Key tasks of the Student Desk are:

  • Course registration
  • Course planning (classes and exam dates and locations)
  • Result registration in OSIRIS
  • Administration of Application and Assessment Forms for Research Projects
  • Student Academic Progress Report
  • Graduation
  • Organisation of Graduation Ceremonies



Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
(030) 253 6285

Please note: On tuesday December 11th the Student Desk Humanities will be open only from 11:00-13:00. You can reach us by phone from 11:00-12:30.


For simple questions WhatsApp: + 31 64 10 84538- for the use of WhatsApp only! - (Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm) 

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!


Monday to Friday 11.00 to 12.30 & 13.00 to 15.00

Front desk

Monday to Friday 11.00 to 15.00

When to contact the Student Desk Humanities?

  • study related matters:
    • course registration
    • study results (OSIRIS)
    • course schedules
    • study progress report
    • graduation
    • etcetera
  • for appointments with:
    • the Study Advisor
    • the Internship Coordinator
    • the Career Officer
    • and the International Coordinator.
  • To have diplomas and transcripts validated
  • To hand in applications for exemption or approval of courses

Study Advisors can advise you when you need advice with regard to your study programme, planning, and regulations concerning examinations. The Study Advisor is also available for consultations concerning personal matters, such as disability and family circumstances, which may affect your academic progress.

For advice about international exchange and studying abroad, please visit the Facultary Exchange Coordinator at the Facultary International Office.

The Study Advisor for the master programme History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) is Marian Brands. Her contact details can be found under contact.

Questions not related to your study programme

In some cases you may want to consult someone who is not related to your specific study programme. For example, if you fall behind due to extenuating circumstances or mental health issues, and it is not possible to correct this through an adjustment in your programme. If this is the case, you may use the contacts mentioned below.

We have put together some study tips and useful links and offer a number of workshops which can help you to improve your study skills.

Student services provides information about studying and student life, such as information about admissions, registration, tuition fees, student finance, administrative grants, career orientation, student organisations and studying abroad.

Student psychologists can help you to solve study-related problems and to address personal problems. You can schedule an appointment with Student Services for an introductory meeting.

Student Counsellors provide advice and support to students who have suffered a serious study delay or are threatening to fall behind. Possible reasons could be a disability or chronic illness, membership of a board of a student organisation or participation in sports at an international level.

The Study Advisor or your Tutor can refer you to a Student Counsellor if you wish to terminate your enrolment due to illness or exceptional family circumstances, if you face financial problems or if you wish to make use of the university schemes offering financial support.

To schedule an appointment, contact Student Services.

Skills Lab - the gateway to your academic development- is an accessible service desk where UU students can get a clear idea of what courses, workshops, individual tutoring, electronic tools, etc. are available to them. Much is available, but this wealth or resources can be hard to find and access for students with specific questions. We can show students where to go to improve any skill, be it writing, presentation, studying, or job-hunting.

You can visit the Career Officer to discuss your options in the labour market. The Career Officer is fully informed about the labour market for university graduates and can also help you decide which career to choose. The Career Officer can also provide a career training and check your application letter and CV. Read more on Career Services.

If you are having second thoughts about the programme you have chosen or if you are trying to decide what Master’s programme to choose, you can contact the Academic Support Advisor Ms. Jacky Limvers (j.f.limvers@uu.nl).

More information about Study choice.

Platform Unhindered Studying is a platform for and by students with a disability. Besides involvement in policy decisions and providing information they also offer guidance for students with a disability such as dyslexia, AD(H)D, autism and so on. Do you want more information, or would you like to have a buddy for extra support or guidance regarding your study or themes outside your study such as in living, working and going out? Then perhaps our buddy programme is something for you. Look on: