On this page you will find important details of the application process (such as deadlines, admission requirements, required documents and application assessment) for the master’s programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology for the academic year 2023-2024.
For the research master’s programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Research (CAST) enrolment takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, previous education and your (professional) experience are important.
Important deadlines for application for this study programme
Applicable when starting on 1 September 2023
When you want to apply or are applying for this study programme, it is important that you inform yourself of the deadlines that you need to meet. The important deadlines when applying for this study programme are provided in the table below.
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|Date||What you need to know about this date|
|1 October 2022||Studielink is open for applications for the academic year 2023-2024|
|Up to and including 1 May 2023 23:59 CET||Deadline for completing the entire application process for non-EU/EEA applicants (these applicants require a visa or residence permit)|
|Up to and including 1 June 2023, 23:59 CET||Deadline for completing the entire application process for EU/EEA applicants|
Find out if you can apply for a scholarship or financial aid. Deadlines for scholarships are often earlier than the dates mentioned above.
In Studielink, you need to choose the starting moment. Please make sure to select September 2023 in the pulldown-menu, so that you will apply for the start of the next academic year.
General requirements: previous education
The admission requirements for academic year 2023/24 for the master’s programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology depend on your previous education. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
Graduates from a relevant university bachelor’s programme
You qualify for admission if you have a relevant bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences.
Language requirements for English-language master’s programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
Applicants who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Applicants for this study programme who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the Handling fee page.
Documents required for the application process
During the application process for this study programme you will need to complete a number of tasks for which you will often have to upload documents. The list below gives you an insight into what documents you will (and might) need to prepare.
Required documents for all applicants to this study programme
- A recent passport picture*
The passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
- A copy of your passport or your EU/EEA identity card*
Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’. Your passport must be valid on 1 September 2023.
- A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified bachelor’s or master’s diploma if you have obtained it
If you have not graduated yet, you can upload your official grades transcript from your bachelor's or master’s programme.
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.
- A motivation letter
Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme. The motivation letter should be between 800 – 1,200 words.
- Submit one or preferably two writing sample(s)
All candidates should provide proof of sufficient academic writing/research skills. The Admission Board asks the candidate to submit one or preferably two independently-written research papers of at least 2,000 words (excluding the footnotes and reference list) on a relevant topic. You can use a paper from earlier studies or another occasion. The submitted work should be written in English.
*As a UM student it is not necessary to upload the above mentioned documents in the MyApplication portal. However, if your passport will not be valid on 1 September 2023, then you still have to upload a copy of your passport.
Documents that might be required depending on your (academic) background
- Proof of English language proficiency
Answer the questions concerning language requirements under ‘Language requirements for English-language master’s programmes’ on this webpage to find out what are the requirements. The outcome of your answers will indicate which documents you should send to prove your proficiency.
How do we assess your application?
When you want to apply or are applying to for this study programme, it is useful to know how we assess your application. You can find more information about this here.
All complete application files (including English language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. They will try to respond within four weeks.
Message about admission
Based on the documents you have submitted and the admission procedure for your chosen programme, the UM decides on whether to admit you. Once UM has made a decision on your admissibility, you will be informed about this by email.