Maastricht Science Programme

Are you interested in the natural sciences and want to look beyond the boundaries of a single discipline? Or do you want to focus on one discipline and become an expert in that specific field? The Maastricht Science Programme offers you the opportunity to explore the natural sciences and to build a unique academic profile based on your personal interests and ambitions. Every semester, your personal academic advisor guides you in selecting courses from fields as diverse as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and various interdisciplinary fields such as biomedical engineering and entrepreneurship. You can focus on a single discipline, or you can combine multiple disciplines in a single degree. Why study sciences in Maastricht?

  • Working in the Brightlands labs gives a good indication of how scientific research is conducted and provides skills required for properly working in the lab after MSP.
    Lianne van den Broek (The Netherlands), Maastricht Science Programme
  • It's really exciting that MSP is a new programme, because you feel like you can still have an impact
    Verena Broich, Maastricht Science Programme
  • I was quite relieved that I found a programme that uses the benefits of an open curriculum in the Liberal Arts and Science manner.
    Philipp Gansen (Germany), Maastricht Science Programme
  • MSP best represents the extraordinary internationality of the Maastricht University student body.
    Isabella Barale (Italy), Maastricht Science Programme
  • I am really enjoying getting to experiment with subject choice and gain useful insight into so many fields in a way I think will help my future career through the interdisciplinary nature of science.
    Jasmijn Hofman (The Netherlands), Maastricht Science Programme
  • I was quite unsure of the direction I wanted to go into when starting MSP, but the RBL system helped me a lot!
    Veronique Hehl (Germany), Maastricht Science Programme

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  • Sponsorship

    Sponsorship of iGEM MSP-Maastricht

    Thursday, November 3, 2022

    SHE sponsors the innovative Maastricht student-team iGEM MSP-Maastricht to tackle the problem of the availability of freshwater worldwide.

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  • What did the big bang look like

    Monday, June 20, 2022
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  • Was the dodo really that dumb?

    Friday, May 20, 2022
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  • Eugène Dubois

    Lost to the archives

    Monday, April 11, 2022

    In November 2021, four students of Maastricht University were selected to participate in an exclusive masterclass at the Maastricht Science Programme. Led by Goldschmidt, the students were given the opportunity to study the letters of Dubois: a local scientist who ultimately provided the first evidence of the evolutionary transition from apes to humans.

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  • Student team MSP wins KIVI Engineering Student Team Award

    Monday, March 14, 2022

    The Maastricht University MSP student team wins the first KIVI Engineering Student Team Award with their innovation Methagone. Their innovation, a food supplement made by bacteria that causes cows to emit less methane (greenhouse gas), has been declared the winner by the Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI).

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  • Silver medal in the prestigious iGEM competition in synthetic biology

    Thursday, December 9, 2021

    For the second time in a row, a UM team has managed to win a silver medal in the prestigious iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition in synthetic biology.

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  • MSP student alumni gathering

    A fantastic edition of the MSP student alumni gathering

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    On 17 and 18 September, students and alumni of the Maastricht Science Programme came together at Paul-Henri Spaaklaan to attend the annual MSP student alumni gathering (previously known as MSP conference).

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  • tree

    30% of tree species worldwide threatened with extinction

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Read more
  • Nieboer pitch

    ‘Power to the farmers’

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    UM students Vincent and Laura Nieboer, inspired by their father, came up with an accessible concept to help farmers worldwide stop the depletion of agricultural land. They recently pitched their idea at the ‘Little big talks’ on the occasion of the celebration of 80 years of materials science and innovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen.

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  • Natural Maastricht: compact city in a wide landscape

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 Read more
  • iGEM 2020 logo

    Student team win silver in iGEM competition

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    A team of 13 UM students has won a silver medal in the prestigious iGEM competition in synthetic biology. The team focused on combating the oak processionary caterpillar.

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  • Microscopic image of coronavirus

    UM students dive into COVID-19 at the nano level

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Read more
  • Interior of a quantum computer (image: IBM)

    Maastricht University to enter quantum computing collaboration with IBM

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Maastricht University will become the first Dutch university to enter the IBM Q Network. The goal of the collaboration is to develop the high-performance computation power required for two next-generation advanced physics detectors.

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  • Grensmaas Project

    Crossing borders at the Grensmaas

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    The Grensmaas project has been running since 2008 and is the largest river restoration project in The Netherlands.

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  • iGEM 2020 logo

    Snow white’s apple for the oak processionary caterpillar

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    A team of Maastricht Science Programme students competes in iGEM 2020: an amicable contest where students get the opportunity to engage in pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology.

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  • The unknown side of Darwin

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    Professors Joordens and Claessens discuss Darwin as a geologist, plus their activities with MSP students.

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  • LHCb experiment

    Maastricht officially admitted into LHCb experiment at CERN

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Maastricht University has been officially admitted into the LHCb experiment at CERN, starting January 2020. At the same time, the Faculty of Science and Engineering installed a new chair, prof. Marcel Merk, on collider physics into the newly founded research group.

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  • Maastricht Science Programme alumna wins Darwin thesis award

    Maastricht Science Programme alumna wins Darwin thesis award

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    A Maastricht Science Programme alumna won the Darwin thesis award at the National Biology Students Conference 2019.

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  • joordens en claessens

    Is time on our side?

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Until recently, palaeontology and evolutionary biology were not among the key disciplines at UM. This is set to change, say the newly appointed professors José Joordens and Leon Claessens.

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  • UM team wins 'Best Biologists of the Netherlands 2019'

    UM team wins national biology contest

    Monday, October 7, 2019 Read more
  • iGEM

    Maastricht Science Programme in international biology competition in Boston

    Friday, August 9, 2019 Read more
  • LHCB

    Jacco de Vries wins thesis award on complex matter

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Jacco de Vries wins prize for best thesis at the Large Hadron Collider from CERN.

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  • FSE Hackathon champions 2019

    FSE students place first in international hackathon

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    A group of bachelor’s students of the Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) and Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) won the Eramet challenge at the VivaTechnology Hackathon in Paris during the weekend of 18 May.

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  • sustainability plastic waste

    Precious Plastic Maastricht – the potential of waste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Precious Plastic Maastricht is currently setting up a local recycling workspace that turns plastic waste into entirely new goods, such as bins, beams, 3D printer filaments, and much more.

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  • MSP - Particle Physics Masterclass

    Maastricht Science Programme involved in particle physics break-through

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Maastricht Science Programme is involved in the LHCb collaboration at CERN which has seen, for the first time, the matter–antimatter asymmetry, known as CP violation. This finding is sure to make it into the textbooks of particle physics.

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  • Thomas Cleij

    Thomas Cleij appointed as new Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    The Executive Board of Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Thomas Cleij as the new dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering.

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  • Stefan Hild appointed professor of Gravitational Research; UM joins Nikhef

    Monday, February 25, 2019

    Maastricht University (UM) has appointed Prof. dr. Stefan Hild as professor of Gravitational Research. The move paves the way for UM to become a full member of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef).


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  • Megan and Dennis

    Stronger together thanks to students

    Thursday, February 21, 2019

    For Maastricht University’s students Dennis Katwal and Megan Entzinger, volunteering has always played a part in their life. Finding that they had spare time to fill when arriving in a new country, they naturally wanted to use this time to help others – and they found the perfect opportunity when they came across the charity committees of their study programmes.

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  • roger penrose

    Sir Roger Penrose at the Faculty of Science and Engineering

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering welcomes Sir Roger Penrose, emeritus Professor of Mathematics of the University of Oxford, for a two-day visit to Maastricht.

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  • Keuzegids Bachelors 2019

    Keuzegids Bachelors 2019: three UM Colleges stable at the top

    Friday, November 16, 2018 Read more