Sustainability Science and Policy

Rankings & recognition

  • Sustainability Science and Policy is the #1 'Political Science and Public Administration' master's programme in the Netherlands

    Sustainability Science and Policy (SSP) has been ranked as the #1 master's programme in the 'Political Science and Public Administration'-category of the Dutch Master's guide: Keuzegids with a score 78 points, making it a top rated programme.

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

    Keuzegids Top Rated Programme 2019
    Above national average National average Below national average
    Study advice and guidance (++) Academic training (o)    
    Facilities (++) Expert evaluation (o)  
    Programme (+)    
    Examination (+)    
    Instructors (+)    
    Skills development (+)    
    Study programme feasibility (+)    

    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)  

  • Sustainability Science and Policy evaluated as ‘good’ in NVAO’s midterm review 2015

    The Master of Science programme Sustainability Science and Policy (SSP) at Maastricht University started in the academic year of 2011-2012. In the context of quality assurance, the NVAO and the Executive Board of Maastricht University agreed that “after three years the programme should initiate an external review of the achieved learning outcomes/qualifications as demonstrated by the final projects of the students, and inform NVAO about the results”. This represents a midterm review, halfway the regular six-year review and accreditation cycle for Bachelor and Master programmes in the Netherlands.

    The Programme Board of the Master SSP prepared a Self-study Report (1 October 2014) and made all final student projects (Master Theses and SAP Reports) and corresponding assessment and grading forms available for the external review panel. The review panel focussed on the question: “Is the programme achieving its objectives?”, and the corresponding NVAO standard: “The programme has an adequate assessment system in place and demonstrates that the intended learning outcomes are achieved”.

    The review panel studied 15 Master Theses (sample from 44 Master Theses) and 3 SAP Reports (sample from 11 SAP Reports), taking into account the distribution of final grades over the different categories (low, medium, and high grades) and over the last three years (2012, 2013 and 2014).

    • 1 On NVAO’s four-point scale: unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, excellent
    • The midterm review was conducted by Prof. dr. Rietje van Dam (chair), Prof. dr. Gerd Michelsen and Prof. dr. Bert de Vries.

    The review committee panel concluded that the assessment system of the final student projects is adequate. The assessment system is applied in a transparent and consistent manner, and students are well informed. Based on the judgements and comments in the assessment and grading forms and the distribution of final grades over the different categories and over the last three years, it can be concluded that the assessment system is valid, reliable, and transparent to the students.

    As to the quality of the final student projects as shown by the Master Theses and SAP Reports, the review panel concluded that the intended learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme are achieved as demonstrated by the academic level of the final projects of the students.

    Therefore, the overall judgement of the review panel with respect to the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme, is: ‘good'1.

  • 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'