Studying in Maastricht in 2021

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

We're proud of our staff and students for adapting so efficiently to the hybrid system during the academic year 2020/21. We're dedicated to offering the high quality, small-scale education that Maastricht University is known for, even during a pandemic. Working together in small groups on relevant issues in an internationally-oriented, research-based setting remains at the core of our education.

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Please note: The information below is about academic year 2021/22, period 1. We will inform you about the later periods at the start of the academic year.

On campus
We expect that all students come to Maastricht before the start of the new academic year and we're glad to welcome them to Maastricht and our faculty. As least in period 1, FPN will continue (like in the academic year 2020-2021), the hybrid education system for the PBL sessions. The hybrid education system will make sure that everyone gets the chance to be on campus and experience face-to-face education even if we have to deal with restrictions regarding COVID-19 (like the 1.5 m). Below we will discuss this education system in more depth. 

Education will be organised on the basis of the announced 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 possible that, at some point during the academic year 2021/22 due to e.g., a possible new COVID-19 wave, a transition to full online education will be necessary (although we currently do not expect this scenario).

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 academic year 2021/22

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FPN needs to implement some reforms regarding education in the academic year 2021/22. 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.

On-campus education will take place in Maastricht University buildings or other suitable buildings, such as the Maastricht School of Management.

Regarding PBL

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

As least in period 1, FPN will continue (like in the academic year 2020-2021), the hybrid education system for the PBL sessions. This means that only a limited amount of students can unfortunately be present in a tutorial room, and the other individuals attend the PBL sessions online. How many students can be present in a tutorial room depends on whether the 1.5m regulations and the air ventilation requirements are still present. E.g., if the 1.5m regulations are still in place, 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. If the 1.5m regulations and the ventilation rules are no longer in effect, we will still use our hybrid system to prioritise everyone's safety but then 9 students will be able to be in the classrooms.

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.

Normally the maximum group size is 15 students. Because there will be more students per group than the actual room size permits, 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 hours 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 in between PBL sessions and the number of people walking in e.g., the corridors needs to be regulated more than regularly.

Regarding practical meetings, lectures, and mentorship

Lectures will be replaced by online plenary sessions and/or knowledge clips. Practicals will in principle be online, unless if this is not possible due to the content of the practical.  Mentorship meetings will in principle be on campus. If, because of valid reasons, you cannot be on campus, we will find a suitable alternatives.

Regarding exams

All exams in period 1 will be offered online. The exact format will be communicated via the course coordinators as soon as possible. We will inform you about the later periods after the start of the academic year.