Politics and Society

Rankings & recognition

  • Politics and Society is ranked 3rd in Keuzegids Masters 2018

    The master's programme in Politics and Society is ranked together with the master’s programmes Art, Literature and Society and Arts & Heritage. The three programmes together are ranked 3rd in the Arts and Cultural Sciences category of the 2018 Keuzegids (see Kunst- & Cultuurwetenschappen programme).

    Our students have given the programme an overall score of 70.

    Here is how we scored in the areas that were evaluated:

    Above national average National average Below national average
    Programme (+) Examination  
    Instructors (+) Skills development  
    Academic training (+) Study programme feasibility  
    Study advice and guidance (+) Facilities  
    Assessment and achievement (+) Ambition  


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

     Learn more on the Keuzegids website (in Dutch)  

  • 63% of the Politics and Society students recommend this programme: Elsevier 2018

    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)  

    Here are some of the highlights from the Politics and Society programme:

    • 76% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the instructors
    • 63% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the education
    • 62% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the examination

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

  • 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'