Research department

Maastricht Science Programme

The Maastricht Science Programme is a bachelor’s programme with a dedicated academic staff. Besides teaching, many of our staff are involved in scholarly pursuits. Staff research is incorporated into our project period, providing our students with an opportunity to gain essential research skills and the ability to examine a diversity of topics at the forefront of knowledge. Staff research activities also extend into the Bachelor Thesis period, providing students with a chance to do research in ongoing and newly developing fields. Sometimes, this even results in an opportunity to become a published scholar as part of a student’s involvement in staff research.

Research news

  • iGEM 2020 logo

    Student team win silver in iGEM competition

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    A team of 13 UM students has won a silver medal in the prestigious iGEM competition in synthetic biology. The team focused on combating the oak processionary caterpillar.

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  • The unknown side of Darwin

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    Professors Joordens and Claessens discuss Darwin as a geologist, plus their activities with MSP students.

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  • LHCb experiment

    Maastricht officially admitted into LHCb experiment at CERN

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Maastricht University has been officially admitted into the LHCb experiment at CERN, starting January 2020. At the same time, the Faculty of Science and Engineering installed a new chair, prof. Marcel Merk, on collider physics into the newly founded research group.

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  • Maastricht Science Programme alumna wins Darwin thesis award

    Maastricht Science Programme alumna wins Darwin thesis award

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    A Maastricht Science Programme alumna won the Darwin thesis award at the National Biology Students Conference 2019.

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  • UM team wins 'Best Biologists of the Netherlands 2019'

    UM team wins national biology contest

    Monday, October 7, 2019 Read more
  • iGEM

    Maastricht Science Programme in international biology competition in Boston

    Friday, August 9, 2019 Read more
  • LHCB

    Jacco de Vries wins thesis award on complex matter

    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Jacco de Vries wins prize for best thesis at the Large Hadron Collider from CERN.

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  • sustainability plastic waste

    Precious Plastic Maastricht – the potential of waste

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Precious Plastic Maastricht is currently setting up a local recycling workspace that turns plastic waste into entirely new goods, such as bins, beams, 3D printer filaments, and much more.

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  • MSP - Particle Physics Masterclass

    Maastricht Science Programme involved in particle physics break-through

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Maastricht Science Programme is involved in the LHCb collaboration at CERN which has seen, for the first time, the matter–antimatter asymmetry, known as CP violation. This finding is sure to make it into the textbooks of particle physics.

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  • gideon koekoek

    Physics booming at UM

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Maastricht University is gearing up to conduct more research in the area of fundamental physics. “The aim is to put UM on the map as a physics institute, in the eyes of other researchers as well as the general public,” says Gideon Koekoek, who joined UM’s research group on gravitational waves in 2017.

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Grants and awards

Several Maastricht Science Programme students and alumni have won prizes during and after their study. Some of them won awards for their well-written bachelor's thesis, while others receive prizes for innovative research.

Students of Maastricht Science Programme provide a glimpse of their project period.