What will I learn?

Are you interested in the natural sciences and want to look beyond the boundaries of a single discipline? Or do you want to focus on one discipline and become an expert in that specific field? The Maastricht Science Programme offers you the opportunity to explore the natural sciences and to build a unique academic profile based on your personal interests and ambitions. Every semester, your personal academic advisor guides you in selecting courses from fields as diverse as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and various interdisciplinary fields such as biomedical engineering and entrepreneurship. You can focus on a single discipline, or you can combine multiple disciplines in a single degree.

Our global society is facing complex challenges in diverse areas such as energy, life sciences, nutrition, materials and the transition to a more sustainable economy. Many of these challenges are interdisciplinary, requiring a new generation of scientists who are capable of looking across traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines.

At the Maastricht Science Programme, we introduce a new approach to education in the natural sciences that is based on the Liberal Arts & Sciences tradition. Gone are the conventional disciplinary boundaries. We challenge you to create your own curriculum, chosen from a wide range of disciplines, guided by advisors and driven by your own skills, interests and ambitions.

At Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) we give you the freedom to choose your own curriculum. This means you have the responsibility to direct your own education. Depending on your ambition and interests, you can pick from a wide range of courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, neurosciences and various interdisciplinary fields such as biomedical engineering, bio-based materials, systems biology and nanomaterials. Because of our open curriculum structure, you can either focus on one discipline or combine multiple disciplines into a single bachelor degree.

The mandatory core courses, skills and project offer an introduction to:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mathematical foundations of physics
  • Research methods
  • Research, data analysis and presentation academic skills
  • Project Philosophy of science

Your future

The Maastricht Science Programme offers you the opportunity to create your own curriculum. Your own profile can qualify you for a variety of master's programmes and later for a wide range of professional fields. You have the freedom to explore your interests and abilities and to specialise in the area that suits you best.

Career prospects

The issues that science and society will face in areas such as sustainability, energy, bio-based materials, biomedical innovations and nutrition will be so complex that, apart from their own specialisation, scientists will require insights from multiple disciplines to successfully meet these challenges.

The Maastricht Science Programme prepares you for a variety of career opportunities. You can become, for instance, a researcher at a university or scientific institute or a scientist at a multinational company or a hospital. You can even choose to start your own business in science or technology.

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€10,900.00 (US$ 12,873) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2021


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

  • VWO diploma or an international equivalent
  • You have completed a VWO high school programme in the Netherlands, with an average grade of 7 or higher for English
  • You have completed a WO study programme in the Netherlands
  • You have completed an English-language HBO or WO study programme
  • You have completed an International or European Baccalaureate (IB)
  • 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