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Utrecht is an important city in the central Netherlands and the capital of the province of the same name. It is the fourth largest Dutch city and is home to several universities and other higher education institutions, with over 65,000 students.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities and retains many examples of architecture from different periods of its. It was an important centre of the medieval church in Europe and is still famous for the Domtoren (Dom Tower) of its cathedral, which is the tallest in the Netherlands.
For much of its history the city was also an important strategic centre, with extensive fortifications. Modern Utrecht is renowned as a cultural hub and major European university city. Like most Dutch cities, Utrecht has plenty of canals, although the waterways in Utrecht are rather unique – many are below street-level and lined with bars and cafes in former merchant cellars.
Postgraduate students in Utrecht benefit from living and studying in a city with a central location and strong transport links, complementing its own attractions with the ability to travel easily between other Dutch and European destinations.
As well as historical buildings and heritage centres, the city boasts plenty of more modern entertainments including a range of music festivals covering genres as diverse as traditional Dutch music, experimental jazz and Gothic rock. Utrecht also hosts a major Dutch football team, FC Utrecht.
The oldest higher education institution in Utrecht is Utrecht University. It was founded in 1636, during a period in which many of the Netherlands’s most prestigious universities were established. Utrecht is usually ranked as a global top 100 institution and one of the 20 best universities in Europe.
Utrecht is also home to other higher education providers, including a campus of the TIAS School for Business and Society (a top ranked Dutch business school) and the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
Utrecht is the headquarters of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national Dutch rail company. Its importance to the train industry is underlined by the presence of the railway museum Spoorwegmuseum, which is based in a restored 19th-century train station in Utrecht. Other important sectors in Utrecht include financial services, life sciences and ICT.
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Judged best in the field The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2017 ranked Utrecht University’s Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance programme as the best in the field in the Netherlands. Read more
With the Master’s programme Applied Cognitive Psychology, you will apply the most up-to-date knowledge of cognition to situations and solutions for problems that occur in daily life. Students will apply knowledge of human cognitive, sensory and motor systems in real-life situations. Read more
Through its focus on musical infrastructure, Utrecht University's Master's programme Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry. Read more
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