Studying in Maastricht in 2020

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Whether you'll join our faculty 'on campus' or 'online', we're dedicated to offering the high quality, small-scale education that Maastricht University is known for. Working together in small groups on relevant issues in an internationally-oriented, research-based setting remains at the core of our education.

The easy and direct contact with teachers and having your own mentor will provide you with the personal coaching you need. Now perhaps more than ever.

The basic principle remains: ‘on campus at the university if possible, online if necessary'.
Students who can come to Maastricht are extremely welcome in Maastricht and our faculty. However, we understand it when students cannot come physically to Maastricht due to the Corona virus and we would like to offer these students a good alternative. 

Education will be organised on the basis of the current government regulations and can be subject to change.
Please note that the continuation of the COVID-19-situation is difficult to predict. Many of the parameters are fluid and may change in the weeks and months to come. It is not unimaginable that, at some point during the academic year 2020-2021 due to e.g., a possible second Coronavirus wave, a transition to full online education will be necessary.

The added value of Maastricht
Coming to our campus and city will give you a rich "Maastricht experience", always within the possibilities of the applicable health rules of the government. It gives you e.g., the opportunity:

  • to collaborate intensively and discuss with your fellow students;
  • to have interactions with your teachers;
  • to experience the atmosphere within our faculty building and other university facilities, where every effort is made to provide you with a safe and hygienic learning environment;
  • to participate in (small-scale) activities of e.g., study associations;
  • to socialise with your fellow students individually or in a dispute;
  • to live in a lively, beautiful, international (student) city, where everything is accessible on foot or by bicycle and you do not depend on public transport.

Adjustments in education during the first periods

Due to the COVID-19 regulations, FPN needs to implement some reforms regarding education in the first 2 periods of the new academic year. These reforms have been discussed with many staff members, supporting staff and of course several students. Our main aim is that all students are educated as good as possible and obtain an opportunity to meet with other students and staff members.

For (nearly) all core courses of your programme, FPN will offer some form of on-campus (offline) education to students that can and want to be in Maastricht. On-campus education will take place in Maastricht University buildings or other suitable buildings, such as the Maastricht School of Management. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, not all education modules can be offered physically in our buildings unfortunately. Therefore, we chose to prioritise the PBL sessions for the on-campus teaching.

Regarding PBL

Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, specialisation Drug Development and Neuro Health

Due to the 1.5m regulations and the air ventilation requirements, only a limited amount of students can unfortunately be present in a tutorial room. E.g., in most tutorial rooms, only 5-6 students can be present, but this number depends on the room size and the ventilating system installed in the room.

Because of this limiting factor, the PBL sessions will in principle become a hybrid virtual classroom. This means that some group members will be on campus during a tutorial meeting, while others attend the same tutorial online. In order to facilitate this hybrid virtual classroom, tutorial rooms will be equipped with suitable technical equipment.

Should there be more students able and wanting to join the group on campus than the actual room size and ventilating system permit, a rotation schedule will be discussed and set up. We ask all students to work together as good and respectful as possible in these classrooms, so that the tutorial meetings are as interesting and beneficial as possible to all of you.

Also, the scheduling of the tutorial meetings might be a bit different than you are used to. This has to do with the fact that rooms need to be ventilated and cleaned in between PBL sessions and the number of people walking in e.g., the corridors needs to be regulated more than regularly.

Note: this adjustment applies for the PBL sessions of many of the core courses of your programs. All PBL sessions offered as part of the 3rd year FPN Bachelor elective courses (i.e., during the first semester) will be offered fully online. You will be informed about how the PBL sessions will take in your courses via the course coordinator.

Regarding practical meetings, lectures, and mentorship

Lectures will be replaced by online synchronous plenary sessions and/or knowledge clips. Practicals will in principle be online. However, for those practicals that cannot be adjusted to an online learning environment, we will find a valid alternative. Mentorship meetings will in principle be fully online.

Regarding exams

All exams in periods 1 and 2 will be offered online. The exact format will be communicated via the course manuals.

Introduction Days online

Our Introduction Days (24-28 August 2020) will be offered online. Please check whether this week is mandatory for you and if so, please save these dates.

Please note: if you’re continuing your studies in the 1-year Master in Psychology at FPN, you will be expected to join the online sessions on Friday 28 August in preparation for the new academic year. This is a change to previous years when you did not join the FPN Introduction Days.