The Netherlands has 14 research universities that are accredited and funded by the government. At these universities, education is provided and research is carried out.
Six universities offer the full range of disciplines, three universities are more specialised and three universities focus specifically on technical studies (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Universiteit Twente). Wageningen University focuses mainly on food, health and agriculture, and the Open Universiteit Nederland on distance education for ‘lifelong learning’.
Every Dutch university has programmes for both graduate and undergraduate students. The system is split between Bachelor’s degrees and Master's degrees, after which there is the potential to go on to study for a PhD.