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Faculty of Humanities and Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) is the incubator and home of several outstanding departments and prestigious institutions in education and research. Our scientists and scholars contribute to international education programmes at the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and take part in innovative research in the fields of humanities, education, governance, sustainability, data science and natural science.


  • Keuzegids 2017

    Keuzegids Bachelors 2018: seal of quality for three UM colleges

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    The ‘Keuzegids Bachelors 2018’, released today, shows a continued increase in our university’s scores. Our students’ positive evaluation has seen many programmes rise in the national rankings. All three UM colleges have been awarded a seal of quality, which distinguishes them as top programmes. Remarkably, University College Venlo, participating for the first time, leads the field; University College Maastricht and the Maastricht Science Programme also remain at the top of the Keuzegids.

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  • Kick-off SMULLN project at City-makers Congress

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    On Friday, the 10th of November, ICIS presented and tested the LABkit with ca 50 participants of the “City-makers Congress” in Rotterdam.

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  • UCM creates

    UCM takes part in EU-project to promote Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Monday, October 30, 2017
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  • gravitational waves

    Astronomical dream becomes reality

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    His mouth fell open in surprise, when Gideon Koekoek heard the news two months ago that would proudly be presented to the whole world on Monday, 16 October. The detection of two merging neutron stars, first observed with two telescopes, according to the theoretical physicist, solves a whole range of astronomical, chemical and physical problems in one blow.

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  • Klokhuis Science Award

    UM research nominated for Klokhuis Science Award

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Read more
  • PopPeas

    Taste bud challenge - Food innovation in Venlo

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Report about the Dutch Agri Food Week dinner on the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo.

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  • UCM - Teun Dekker

    University College Maastricht’s Teun Dekker first European Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education!

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    On 1 July 2017, Prof. Teun Dekker became the first Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Europe.

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  • Institute of Data Science lands two major research projects on FAIR data

    Monday, October 9, 2017

    The Institute of Data Science (IDS) at Maastricht University is the only European research group invited to take part in an international research project led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in the USA.

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  • impact

    Rico Möckel wins IMPACT COURSE competition

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    UM researcher Rico Möckel (DKE) won with his intelligent robotic game devices.

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  • University College Maastricht - Teachers

    University College Maastricht has the best teachers!

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017

    Good teachers make time for their students, they are available for questions outside the classroom and of course they are competent in their field. According to the Elsevier Best Studies Guide 2017, University College Maastricht has the best teachers in the Netherlands.

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  • DKE - Swarmlab

    Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering co-operates in shaping the factory of the future!

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    In the past months DKE has joined forces with several companies from Limburg in the area of industrial robotics with the goal of founding a new Fieldlab in Roermond, filled with state-of-the-art robotic equipment.

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  • Elsevier ranking 2017

    University Colleges UM dominate Elsevier ranking

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Both University Colleges of Maastricht University head the Elsevier ranking Best Study Programmes of the Year 2017.

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  • AMIBM - Fibers our Future Young Talent Award

    ITA student Kira Heins receives 'Fibers - our Future' Young Talent Award

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    On September 22, Prof. Dr. Kai Klopp, chairman of the sponsorship society for the promotion of the Institut für Texiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University bestowed the “Fibers - our Future” Young Talent Award upon ITA student Kira Heins.

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  • MSP - Goggles

    Maastricht Science Programme brings collection of Natural History Museum Maastricht to life

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Thursday 21 September Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) and Natural History Museum Maastricht signed the covenant, making their collaboration official.

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  • One project, two countries, three PhD candidates

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    No fewer than three academics from the Scientific Programme Indonesia-Netherlands (SPIN) will be obtaining their doctoral degree at Maastricht University (UM) in the coming week.

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  • FHS Ben Feringa

    “You don’t need to be in Harvard or MIT to win a Nobel Prize”

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Nobel Prize winner prof. Ben Feringa was the guest of honour yesterday at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus during the Collegetour. During this event it became very apparent that Ben Feringa is a man with a passion for science, who loves his students but still has his feet firmly planted on the ground.

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  • Art restauration

    Laboratories at Chemelot participate in art research

    Thursday, September 14, 2017 Read more
  • Research heart rhythm failures

    Nearly one million euros to cardiac arrhythmia research

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    A major subsidy from the Netherlands Heart Foundation will enable Prof. dr. Paul Volders and Dr. Matthijs Cluitmans to expand their research into ventricular fibrillation.

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  • Eminem

    Rappers more educated than pop artists?

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    DKE student Thomas Vrancken uses text-mining to prove that the vocabulary of rappers is significantly richer than that pop music artists.

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  • Systems Biology - Graduates

    First students graduated at UM in Systems Biology

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Last week, the first graduation ceremony ever for the master’s programme Systems Biology took place. After two years of hard work, the first batch of students received their well-deserved master diplomas.

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Student for a Day

Social Media

    • Photo by University College Maastricht

      People of UCM (Semester Abroad) Hello everyone! I’m Cadia and currently on my semester abroad at beautifully sunny UC San Diego. I’ve decided to go to the US, and UCSD especially, because I felt like it offered me the best combination of academics and way of life. Though challenging, I absolutely love the courses I’m taking here with the Political Science Department, and, being from Germany, particularly enjoy the different perspectives I gain also on European or German policy and security. And to be honest, who can say no to a surf at the beach before class in the morning, or the Californian skyline of palm trees, sand and sun? However, a big difference to UCM in the end is the way of studying here, which I had to adjust to in the beginning, since it is way more passive and lecture-based rather than as pro-active as at UCM. But also the ‚school spirit‘ is way more present and important here and as you can see, I’ve adjusted easily. And the size of course! UCSD is huuuuge! One of the most fun experiences I’ve had here so far was for sure the trip to Grand Canyon I made with my friends that I’ve met at UCSD. Living in the International House on campus is a great way to find likeminded people from all over the world and the trip to the Canyon for sure was unforgettable!

      10 hours 57 min ago
    • Photo by United Nations University-MERIT

      “The evidence is clear that the vast majority of migrants move legally, safely and regularly,” says Prof. Khalid Koser in a new interview: #SDG16 #migration #refugees

      Why we need to talk about migration & human security: Interview | UNU-MERIT
      14 hours 31 min ago
    • Photo by Studium Generale, Maastricht University

      Can science make the world a better place?
      What happens when empirical evidence is at odds with political purposes?

      Alice Dreger is an activist for intersex rights but when she criticized a group of transgender activists for disputing valid scientific findings, she became a target of slander herself.

      Lecture about role and responsibility of scientists and their contribution to social justice.

      15 hours 13 min ago
    • Photo by Master Biobased Materials

      One of our first graduates is developing into a great entrepreneur!

      Brightlands Innovation Factory on LinkedIn: “From the Master Biobased Materials…
      16 hours 47 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Science Programme

      "Its important to pursue your interests and try to find courses helpful for your career. Take a course because you want to learn something out of it and try to learn as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if its hard, just keep fighting and keep learning because its going to help you in the long run."

      Paolo Marangio - MSP Alumni

      Academic advising for the spring semester begins today, with 4 new courses being introduced and over 50 different courses on offer to choose from!

      18 hours 3 min ago
    • Photo by University College Venlo

      Thank you FHS colleagues for the beautifull flowers! They stand proudly in their vase in our common room. #keuzegids #toprankedprogramme #UCV #maastrichtuniversity

      20 hours 8 min ago
    • Photo by Foundation Programme Maastricht University

      Check out this nice video about studying in The Netherlands, made by Study in Holland!

      21 hours 9 min ago
    • Photo by Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology

      The MaCSBio Science Day is an annual event where MaCSBio presents current and future reserach. During this day lectures will be given by invited prominent scientists on the latest developments in their respective areas of systems biology research.

      The theme of the MaCSBio Science Day 2017 was: extending networks. What theme would you like for the MaCSBio Science Day 2018?

      MaCSBio Science Day 2017: a big success!
      3 days 16 hours ago
    • Photo by ICIS Maastricht University

      Applicants for PhD in Environmental Policy, Regulation & Governance

      Applications are now being accepted for a PhD specializing in Environmental Policy, Regulation & Governance at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Applicants should have social science training in political science or a related discipline, with a strong grounding in theoretical and conceptual aspects of public policy & governance.

      Applicants should have a keen interest in understanding the role of economic globalization and transnational actors in shaping, at multiple levels, environmental standards and behavior. We are particularly interested in candidates who seek to research the role of international environmental institutions, non-state global governance, market mechanisms, and transnational business regulation in shaping domestic environmental practices and policies. Substantive interests must be focused on some type of environmental challenge, such as climate change, land use, and/or forest practices and protection policies. Those with relevant interdisciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

      Please send, by Nov. 30th, statements of interest and CV, to Professor Ben Cashore, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: benjamin.cashore[at]yale[dot]edu. Following this review process 1-3 applicants will be asked to submit a complete application to the school wide doctoral admissions committee.

      Students admitted to our doctoral program will become part of a vibrant community of problem focused, interdisciplinary scholars. They will also be able to engage with university partners including political science law, business, sociology and anthropology departments, as well as Yale’s Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

      For broader information about Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ doctoral program see The application process is highly competitive. The costs for the PhD degree, including stipend and tuition, are fully funded. Significant opportunities exist for internal and external research funding.

      Doctoral Admissions
      4 days 21 hours ago
    • Parkstadlab heeft de foto's gepubliceerd van onze presentatie van 5 oktober over differentiatie op basis van leerstrategieën. Leuke en geïnteresseerde reacties van het publiek gekregen!

      4 weeks 20 hours ago