Maastricht Science Programme

Rankings & recognition

  • MSP is the #1 Broad Sciences bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands: Keuzegids

    MSP has been voted best Broad Sciences programme in the Dutch University Guide: Keuzegids 2018 with a score of 78 points. Making it a top rated programme.

    Here's how MSP scored in the areas that were evaluated:

    Keuzegids 2018 - Top Rated Programme
    Above national average National average Below national average
    Programme (+)    
    Examination (+)    
    Instructors (+)    
    Academic training (++)    
    Skills development (++)    
      Study programme feasibility (0)  
    Study advice and guidance (+)    
    Facilities (+)    

    The Keuzegids Universiteiten offers rankings of all bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands. These rankings are based on the results from the Dutch National Student Survey, combined with expert evaluations. The Keuzegids Universiteiten is published annually by the Dutch Higher Education Information Centre. It is an independent publication that allows you to compare all accredited bachelor’s programmes in the Netherlands.

    Learn more by visiting the Keuzegids website (in Dutch)   

  • 88% of students recommend MSP to their friends

    Elsevier ‘Best Studies’ 2017, which is based on the National Student Survey (NSE), has ranked Maastricht Science Programme. MSP received a overall score of 75%. The students particularly praised the teaching staff, the quality of education and the organisation of education.

    • 88% of students indicated they would recommend the programme to their friends

    • 82% of the students are (very) happy with the education
    • 80% of the students are (very) happy with the teaching staff

    The Elsevier Best Studies Guide is published once a year by the Dutch magazine Elsevier. It contains student evaluations of each programme's education, contact hours, facilities, structure, instructors and assessment methods, as well as its organisation and communication. The guide is largely based on the results of the Dutch National Student Survey. 

     For more information, visit the Elsevier website (in Dutch)  

  • MSP students win Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition

    The SmartBite team, consisting of Maastricht Science Programme students Onno Akkermans, Mitch Spronck and Pegah Keshaniyan, won the second annual Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition on 1 December 2015 during the CHAINS chemistry conference. The team won for developing a sensor to detect awake bruxism, or teeth grinding during the day. They were each presented with a €1,000 cheque.

    The team SmartBrite sensor

    The sensor built by the SmartBrite team is the smallest, thinnest and most sensitive bruxism sensor to date, and it can be custom-made to fit an individual's mouth. The team presented its first prototype during the Engineering of Functional Interfaces (EnFi) conference in Hannover. They also submitted a promising article to the leading scientific journal PSS(a).

    Four finalists of Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition present their research

    From student project to funded research

    Theo Kluskens, a dental gnathologist affiliated with Maastricht University's academic hospital, initiated the creation of this device as part of a student project. The initial results were so impressive that the group was encouraged to continue their research as part of a small-scale funded research project outside their study programme.

  • UM is the fifth best young university in the world

    Maastricht University is placed fifth place in the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) '200 Under 50' ranking for best young universities in the world. UM is proud to have its continued efforts, for example toward internationalisation, affirmed in this THE ranking. UM also scores a top 10 position (with 7th place) in the 2016 QS ‘Top 50 under 50’; ranking highest of all European universities. These special rankings for young universities are published to give an indication as to which universities are expected in the future to become the top universities worldwide. 

     Go to the THE '250 under 50'  
     Go to the QS 'Top 50 under 50'