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What will I learn?

New bachelor's programme Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Are you interested in understanding how digital technologies are changing the world? Are you eager to develop knowledge and skills to ensure digital technologies result in good outcomes for different social groups? Are you open to different disciplinary perspectives and willing to learn how to combine them? Then the new bachelor’s programme in Digital Society might be right for you.

We are living in an increasingly digital world, in which every aspect of our lives is being affected, from how we communicate and socialise, to how we work, learn, create, stay healthy and participate in politics and the economy. The Bachelor Digital Society will provide you with tools to better understand the history of the digital revolution and the impact of digitalisation on today’s society and culture, so that you can play a role in shaping the digital transformations of tomorrow.

Aim of the programme

This three-year, interdisciplinary bachelor's programme provides you with knowledge and tools to understand the relationships between digitalisation and social change. It is a unique opportunity to train skills required for a career at the intersection of technological developments and societal changes. By becoming an interactional expert or chief digital officer (CDO) for digitalisation processes, you will help to shape and implement effective and ethical digital transformations.

Both the advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation will be addressed in the curriculum: new opportunities of data collection as well as emerging divides around data access; what it means to be human when we share the world with sophisticated artificial intelligences; identifying knowledge and truth amongst the abundance of information.

Your future

The programme provides a strong intellectual foundation for students wishing to pursue further study, in new master’s programmes in fields such as digital humanities, digital methods, and data science. All other disciplines are paying more and more attention to the role of the digital, and thus students will be able to develop specialised interests at postgraduate level in more traditional disciplines, including media and cultural studies, (art) history, philosophy, political science, science & technology studies, and sociology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€8,000.00 (6,53,595) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,078
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must High School Diploma with 4 AP’s (concluded with an examination from the College Board). High School Diploma with a weighted GPA of at least 3.5 with at least 16 credits in academic subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge - Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179).

For international students

If you have one of the diplomas stated below then, in principle, you are directly admissible:

  • Dutch VWO-diploma
  • HBO or OU propaedeutic diploma
  • HBO-diploma

If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this programme.

  • IELTS test: minimum score overall 6
  • TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 550
  • TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 80
  • TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 213

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