Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Research)

Rankings & recognition

  • The CAST research master has been awarded the "Top Rated Programme" label in the Keuzegids 2018

    The CAST Research Master is 1st in its category in the national Keuzegids Masters ranking 2018.

    The programme scored overall among the top master’s programmes nationwide. Therefore, the programme earned the Keuzegids Masters renowned quality seal. Our students rated the programme with an overall score of 86.

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

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


    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)  

  • 75% of the CAST research master students would 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 European Public Affairs programme:

    • 89% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the instructors
    • 84% of the students are satisfied or very satisfied with the education
    • 83% 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'