FPN has a strong research profile and an outstanding international reputation for research and teaching. Teaching innovation plays an active role in developing all programmes. Specific focus lies on active learning, quality control, the mentoring and study process, and on embedding broad transferable skills along with content expertise. This makes FPN well positioned among the competition for research funds and attracting excellent students. FPN aims to offer its students the best launching position for the labour market.
Founded in 1995, the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) has a distinct profile for its education and research. Emphasis lies on two important, contemporary disciplines in psychology: cognitive psychology and biological psychology.
Our bachelor’s and three master’s programmes revolve around Problem-Based Learning. We consider this form of teaching an excellent vehicle in order to create a qualitatively excellent coherence between education and research. In addition, we have a strong international outlook in the sense that we offer most of our education in English.
FPN has been highly successful in its acquisition of indirect government and third party funding, in the findings of review committees, and in its scores in national education rankings. It was also the first Dutch faculty to achieve a strong result in the rankings of the German Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in cooperation with Die Zeit weekly. The faculty’s distinctive profile has undoubtedly contributed to this success.
Our faculty is housed in two modern buildings at the Maastricht Health Campus. The buildings accommodate excellent and modern facilities that support its education, such as:
- the university library
- modern computer facilities
- rooms for practical sessions
- laboratories (including several high field MRI scanners)
The faculty's policy is designed to spur on both fundamental and applied research. Its unique research infrastructure – including hypermodern high field MRI scanners – allows for ground-breaking research into the brain and behaviour. Its applied research considers socially important themes like dyslexia, eating disorders, ageing, AIDS prevention, the effect of medications on driving ability, and the value of witness statements. Scientific research into such themes requires partnerships with other faculties as well as care institutions and companies; thus forging such partnerships is a main aim of the faculty's policy.
The Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience has an international character, which it gains in part due to its large number of international students and staff members. In addition to the student exchanges, academics from other institutions are also regularly invited to teach and conduct research at the faculty for an extended time, for instance during a sabbatical period. What’s more, faculty employees regularly spend time working at other research and education institutions, often abroad.
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The strategic course of FPN is laid down in the Psychology Strategic Programme 2012-2016, entitled ‘Driven by curiosity about the human mind’.
The programme is based on three pillars:
- FPN will continue to move forward in the initiatives in education, research and contributing to society that initially drove FPN towards success.
- FPN will continue to place a strong emphasis on basic research, and will elevate trans-disciplinary collaboration - across the four main research lines (departments Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Psychological Science, Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Work and Social Psychology) with other faculties of Maastricht University, with clinical, pharmaceutical, and technological institutes and companies, and with selected regional and international partners in line with their strategic views to tackle grant challenges of our society.
- FPN will adjust to changes outside and within the faculty. Funding will undergo dynamic changes in the next years. A reduction of direct funding is expected and that must be compensated by other sources. Besides these cuts, FPN will aim for a target number of BA and MA students, which means a consolidation in tenure staff formation. FPN will adjust to these changes with regard to teaching, research, controlling and HRM management. At the same time, FPN will retain the faculty’s spirit and high quality of staff and will develop a selection of innovative teaching and research initiatives in the upcoming years.
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strategic programme 2012-2016