Keuzegids Masters 2016: UM second best general university

With a score of 63, Maastricht University (UM) has been ranked as the country’s second best general university in the Keuzegids Masters 2016, which was published today. Four programmes were designated ‘top study programmes’: Management of Learning (SBE), Financial Economics (SBE) and the research masters in Arts and Heritage (FASoS) and Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (FPN). This quality label is given only to those programmes that receive a score of 76 or higher in the Keuzegids assessment.

Twelve of the 44 UM programmes evaluated came first in their respective categories: Management of Learning, Forensic Psychology, Information & Network Economics, Financial Economics, Research Master Health Sciences, Global Health, Human Movement/Biology of Human Performance & Health and the research masters Arts & Culture and Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience. The following programmes came in equal first place: International Laws, Econometrics & Operations Research and Physician–Clinical Investigator.

With a further 11 programmes finishing in either second or third place, a total of 24 UM programmes came in the top three (compared to 26 last year).

Of the 44 programmes included in the assessment, 10 managed to improve their position whereas 12 went down in the rankings.

The Keuzegids
The Keuzegids Masters rankings are based on student satisfaction scores from the National Student Survey (70%) and assessments by the accreditation organisation NVAO (30%). For more information on the assessment methodology, please visit

In total more than 750 master’s programmes are evaluated in 10 areas, resulting in an overall score between 20 and 100 and a final verdict by the editors of the Keuzegids. A total of 82 programmes receive a final verdict of “++” or “+++” and are thus awarded the label ‘top study programme’.

The Keuzegids Masters is compiled and published by the Centre for Higher Education Information (CHOI) in Leiden. It is available for purchase in stores or online via UM staff and students can access the Keuzegids Masters free of charge via (click on “Keuzegids Masters”).

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