MAASTRICHT. Maastricht has had to relinquish its leading position as best ‘broad master’s university in the Netherlands’ to Tilburg, according to the Keuzegids Masters 2016. The UM is now in second place. At the same time, one Maastricht study is in the national top 22 of best master’s studies: Management of Learning.
To claim a place in the top 22 of best study programmes – and the designation ‘Top study’ – the grade, which is based on student assessments from the National Student Survey and the judgement of education inspector NVAO, has to be at least 8.6. Management of Learning, a master’s at the School of Business and Economics, has come out as the best master’s study at the UM, just like in 2015. It is immediately followed by Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (8.2), Financial Economics (7,6) and Cultures of Arts, Sciences and Technology (7,6). They also get the designation ‘Top Study’.
Of a total of more than forty Maastricht master’s studies that were assessed, twelve (see box) achieved first place in their category. But there are also a few at the lower end of the scale. Globalisation and Development Studies, Media Culture, and Biomedical Sciences did not get a higher mark than five.
Tilburg is in first place (average mark 6.35) in the category ‘broad university’, followed closely by Maastricht (6.3), Nijmegen, and Groningen. The University of Amsterdam dangles at the bottom (5.35). Wageningen takes the lead in the university category Technology and Agriculture. Looking at all the Dutch universities in the two categories, thirteen in total, then UM is in third place.
The higher vocational education programme of Interior Architecture (9.8) at Hogeschool Zuyd is by far the best master’s study in the country; Nanoscience (9) in Groningen is in second place of the top 22. The best master’s studies in the Netherlands are almost all small, the editors of the Keuzegids concluded: “Most of them have an annual influx of less than 25 students. That is no coincidence, because programmes with a manageable size often provide good education. The teachers know you personally, you know your fellow students, and the lines can be short. That adds to your motivation.”
Twelve UM masters in first place
- Management of Learning (8.6)
- Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (8.2)
- Cultures of Arts, Sciences and Technology (7.6)
- Financial Economics (7,6)
- Information and Network Economics (7.4)
- Economics and Operations Research (7.2)
- Forensic Psychology (7.0)
- Global Health (6.8)
- International Laws (6.8)
- Physician-Clinical Investigator (6.4)
- Health Sciences (6.4)
- Human Movement Sciences (5.6)