Mission statement

The Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) wants its graduates to be independently thinking and adaptive professionals who are lifelong learners and have a broad, state-of-the-art view on health and health care. Students are therefore prepared for a future in which they can successfully function in the health-related work field and/or academic arena, in an international society that is continually subject to demographic, technological, social and scientific changes.

With famous and innovative educational concepts FHML attracts students from the Netherlands and abroad. Emphasis is always on building bridges to real-life practice. To this purpose, sound education is combined with practical training and insight into state-of-the-art developments in health and research. With its programmes FHML aspires to reach the top of Dutch education.

Focus on professional competences

In order to meet the demands of a dynamic society, all FHML degree programmes focus attention on the development of generic competencies such as academic thinking and working, professional behaviour, communication and collaboration in an international context. Therefore, our bachelor’s and master’s programmes include longitudinal lines focusing on the development of these competencies.

A good connection between education and scientific research also guarantees state-of-the-art education content. In addition, the degree programmes are designed in such a way that they tune in to the regional, national and international labour markets. 

The full spectrum of health and health care

At FHML everything revolves around life and health. The education spans the entire continuum from bachelor’s and master’s programmes to PhD and post academic education and from health and healthcare to medicine and life sciences. Together with the Maastricht academic hospital (azM), FHML is part of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+). We offer several broad-based bachelor's programmes and a larger number of more specialised master’s programmes. The bachelor's programmes all offer elective periods in which students have the opportunity to broaden their development and orient themselves on their futures. Each bachelor's programme facilitates access to multiple master’s programmes.

 Bachelor’s programmes Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
 Master’s programmes Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences  
 PhD courses 
 Short courses for professionals 
 Courses for health education professionals   

The Institute for Education

Within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) the Institute for Education is responsible for the organisation of the educational programmes:


Institute for Education FHML 
Universiteitssingel 60 
+31 43 38 85601 

Characteristics of our degree programmes include:

 Problem-based Learning 
Small scale (also in large-scale degree programmes) 
Student-centred education 
Stimulation of active and meaningful learning 
Attention to the international context 
Focus on lifelong learning 
Active involvement of students 
Collaboration between education experts and teachers

Education Matters

Each year, the Institute for Education publishes a magazine, highlighting new developments, special students and staff, and other interesting information. It is called Education Matters.

 Education Matters 2023
 Education Matters 2022
 Education Matters 2021
 Education Matters 2020
 Education Matters 2019
 Education Matters 2018
 Education Matters 2016-2017
 Education Matters 2015-2016
 Education Matters 2014-2015

Fast Facts

  • Broad spectrum of programmes
  • Development of professional competences and research skills 
  • Small-scale, personal and student-oriented
  • Strong international identity and outlook
  • Ample attention for student and staff development 


International outlook

Health and disease are increasingly becoming international and subject to rapid changes. That is why FHML aims to prepare its students for a future in which they can successfully function in a globalising society and labour market. For this purpose, our degree programmes pay attention to different aspects of internationalisation and interculturalisation. Many of these programmes are offered in the English language, and the composition of the staff and students is equally international. Each year additional international visiting professors and students participate in the numerous electives. Further, FHML maintains many contacts with foreign partner universities and health organisations, which provides for ample study opportunities abroad.

Our teaching staff

High quality education is primarily guaranteed by high quality teaching staff. That is why FHML introduced an educational career policy in 2010.The goal of this policy is to give motivated staff opportunity to further specialise and forge careers in the area of education. Since the introduction of this policy, several appointments in the position of associate or full professor on education have been realised. In parallel with this development, the so-called Educational Career Community (ECCo) has been founded, in which staff in educational careers share knowledge and lessons learned. This group is also involved regularly in strategic decision-making related to education Together, this helps to ensure that these staff members have a genuine influence on education and, in turn, that education and FHML genuinely benefit from their expertise.

Another way in which FHML shows its appreciation of excellent performance of teaching staff is by awarding yearly education prizes. With these prizes, FHML seeks to recognize staff members who excel in educational roles and in the development of educational programmes. Prize winners 2016

Educational development and research

The department of Educational Development and Research provides educational service or support to all degree programmes in FHML. Expertise areas include faculty development, assessment, quality management, and e-learning. Next to educational development, the department also focusses on two major topics of educational research: innovative learning programmes and assessment of professional competence. Furthermore, educational training programmes are offered through the School of Health Professions Education , such as the Master in Health Professions Education and several national and international short courses.