Maastricht University

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The University of Maastricht ( Dutch: Universiteit Maastricht, English: Maastricht University) was founded in Maastricht in 1976 and is one of the youngest universities in the Netherlands. She is known for their internationally-oriented courses, the high proportion of foreign students and problem-based learning ( Problem Based Learning ) as an alternative approach to traditional teaching methods. The University is a member of cross- border higher composite ALMA. On 11 January 2008, the University of Maastricht University Maastricht University was renamed to emphasize the international character. Since 2007, has the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, the so-called " Triple Crown " ( AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA ). Only 55 universities worldwide are currently awarded this triple seal of approval.

  • 2.1 Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
  • 2.2 Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 2.3 Psychology and Neuroscience
  • 2.4 Law
  • 2.5 Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
  • 2.6 Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
  • 2.7 Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
  • 3.1 School of Business and Economics
  • 3.2 Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
  • 3.3 rankings


Maastricht University is a public university in the Netherlands. As to all Dutch universities the study has been running since the academic year 2002/2003 off to the unified European study system with the Bachelor and Master degrees. Tuition fees vary depending on the type of enrollment, be for full-time students from the EU, however, generally currently about 1800 euros a year. All lectures are held either in Dutch or in English.


Currently more than 15,000 students studying at the University of Maastricht. About 40 percent of students, especially students of European Studies and economics courses, come from abroad. Maastricht University has over 3,800 employees, of whom 2,060 academic staff ( 2009).

Problem-Based Learning

The university is known for its academic system " problem - based learning " ( Problem Based Learning ), in which one deals with actual problems in small groups of a maximum of 15 students. Participation in the so-called " Tutorials" is a must for any student. In this system you always have direct contact with a tutor. Traditional lectures are only offered in support.


Studying in the Netherlands is also known as first degree not free. At the start of the new academic year 2012/2013 the tuition fee for EU students in 1835 amounted to EUR and for non-EU students usually 8500 Euros. Students who are working themselves or their parents in the Netherlands or the already proven to live for at least five consecutive years in the Netherlands to have the alternative option, such as Dutch students to apply for student finance with the state. Likewise, students who work more than 32 hours a month are entitled to financial support from the Dutch government.

Recording conditions

Up to courses in medicine, psychology, International Business, Economics and Business Economics and the Liberal Arts program at University College all Bachelor programs of the University are open admission. For the above-mentioned programs there are the following restrictions:

  • Economics and Business Economics: number Fixus with decentralized and centralized admissions process
  • International Business: number Fixus with decentralized and centralized admissions process
  • Medicine: number Fixus with decentralized and centralized admissions process
  • Psychology: number Fixus with centralized admission process
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: letter of motivation and selection interviews

For the masters programs different recording conditions apply.


Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

  • BSc Biomedical (formerly Molecular Life Sciences), from the 2nd year specialization in two of the following subjects: movement Sciences
  • Biological Health Sciences
  • Molecular Life Sciences
  • Work and Health
  • Movement Sciences
  • Bioregulation
  • Mental Health ( Psychology )
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health prevention and education
  • Care management
  • Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology (University of Hasselt )
  • Clinical Molecular Health Sciences
  • Environmental Health Sciences (University of Hasselt )
  • Molecular Health Sciences
  • Oncology and Developmental Biology
  • Biology in Human Performance and Health
  • Sports and Physical Activity Interventions

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Courses: BA Arts and Culture
  • BA Cultuurwetenschappen
  • BA European Studies
  • MA Analysing Europe / Imprest
  • MA Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education / Master Cultuur: insults, Behoud s beheer
  • MA in European Public Affairs
  • MA in European Studies
  • MA in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology ( ESST )
  • MA Cultuur -en Wetenschapsstudies / Master Arts and Sciences
  • MA Media Culture
  • MPhil Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Psychology and Neuroscience

  • Courses: BSc Psychology
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Fundamental Neuroscience and Psychopathology ( Research Master )
  • MSc Developmental psychology
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
  • MSc Neuropsychology
  • MSc Psychology and Law
  • MSc Work and Organizational Psychology


  • Courses BSc European Law School ( European law )
  • BSc Fiscaal law ( tax law )
  • BSc Nederlands right ( by Dutch law )
  • MSc European Law School ( European law )
  • MSc Fiscaal law ( tax law )
  • MSc Forensica, Criminologie s Rechtspleging ( forensics and criminology )
  • MSc Globalisation and Law ( Globalization and Law)
  • MSc Ius Commune and Human Rights Research ( Common Law and Human Rights)
  • MSc Nederlands right ( by Dutch law )
  • MSc right There have en Gezondheid ( right to work and health)

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics

  • BSc Econometrics and Operations Research
  • BSc Economics Infonomics
  • International Business Economics
  • International Economic Studies
  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Controlling
  • Entrepreneurship and SME Management
  • Finance
  • Information Management
  • Marketing -Finance
  • Organization: Management, Change and Consultancy
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Behavioural Economics
  • European Economic Policy
  • International Competition Policy
  • Public Economics
  • Social Economics

Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

  • MSc Public Policy and Human Development (MPP )

Faculty of Humanities and Sciences


School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics (SBE ) of the Maastricht University offers mainly internationally oriented courses of study in English. Due to an alien population of up to 60 % in some courses, 30% of foreign lecturers as well as a mandatory semester abroad the Universiteit Maastricht offers a high degree of internationality. The Problem Based Learning (PBL ) system, and particularly the taut oriented curriculum make motivation and determination to meet a basic requirement for success. In addition, the PBL system promotes interaction and rhetorical skills in subject-specific discussion boards. Intensive teamwork and frequent presentations of students intensify the practical relevance of studies. The SBE has one of the few schools around the world on how the quality AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business ), EQUIS ( European Quality Improvement System) and the British AMBA accreditation. As usual in the Netherlands, students are accompanied to the SBE during their studies of student organizations that organize workshops, parties, and academic activities. At the SBE this perceives SCOPE Maastricht.

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Medicine and Health Sciences faculty were the first priorities of the University. In particular, the health science area in Maastricht is one of the most important in Europe. In January 2007, the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine were merged. The resulting therefrom Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences offers four bachelor's degree programs and 15 master programs. The new Bachelor 's degree in European Public Health (European Health Sciences ) will be taught in English and the proportion of international students is 75%. The Dutch-language course in the first year Health Sciences has a very broad orientation; from the second year, students choose a major and a minor. There are seven specializations available. In addition to the classic studies of human medicine, the faculty also offers a bachelor 's degree in biomedical sciences, with a particular focus on research. The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences handled the above problem -oriented learning ( PBL), as all faculties at the University of Maastricht. In research, the Faculty has five priorities: Cardiovascular Medicine, Chronic metabolic diseases and their causes, tumor medicine with a focus on developing medicine, neuroscience with psychiatric focus and Public Health and General Practice.


In 2013, the University of the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 was awarded 6th place. This meant an increase of 12 seats as opposed to last year. In 2011, the University took the 109th place in QS World University Rankings. This represents an increase of 63 places compared to 2006.

Also in 2010, the Financial Times published a ranking of Masters in Management degree programs in Maastricht in the category "Value for Money" ( roughly: Price / performance ) to the University of St. Gallen in 2nd place out of 40 landed.

In the field of business administration from the CHE ranking of the German magazine Die Zeit, the School of Business and Economics of the University in recent years, University of Mannheim has been regularly ranked as the top group, together with the University of St. Gallen, WHU Vallendar, and the EBS University for Economics and law.

In the Elsevier rankings 2010, the Bachelor's degree programs BSc International Business, BSc Econometrics and Operations Research, BSc Economics, BSc Fiscal Economics and Masters Degrees MSc International Business MSc Management of Learning and MSc Economics ranked first in the Netherlands.

Furthermore finished the bachelor's degree program BSc International Business in the state Keuzegids rankings in 2011 with further business degree programs in first place in the Netherlands.

In the year 2009, be ranked in the world's research ranking of The Times Higher Education for the Medical Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences on the 18th in Europe and on the 85 place.

In addition, the humanities and social sciences faculty ranked in the World University Rankings 2008 # 50 of 300, and cut thus better than the large number of other prestigious European universities (Free University of Berlin, Paris -Sorbonne, University of Munich, Imperial College London).


The university buildings are spread over several districts, so there is no central campus. In two core areas, the city center and Randwyck, a majority of the facilities, however, concentrated. In the city center there are, among others, the faculties of economics, law and culture, and social sciences as well as large sections of the University Library and the so-called University College Maastricht, which is built along the lines of an American liberal arts college. The Faculty of Economics in the Tongersestraat, located mostly in a converted ancient monastery, but the only remnant of monastic times are only the typical rectangular courtyard and the former chapel, which is now used as an auditorium. In Randwyck district are the medical and the psychological faculty. In cooperation with the University of Hasselt in Diepenbeek (Belgium ), the University forms the so-called Transnational University Limburg.

Renowned professors

  • Rainer Goebel (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience )
  • Geert Hofstede
  • Theo van Boven
  • Andre Knottnerus
  • Luc Soete
  • Maurits Allessie
  • Wiebe Bijker
  • Corine de Ruiter
  • Harald Merckelbach