Health Science

3 Years
Start date:
1st September. For other study start dates see programme website
Dutch and English
Tuition fees:
Please see our tuition fees page
Special remark

Application deadline:  1 Mai

What is this programme about

About Health Sciences

The Health Sciences (Gezondheidswetenschappen) programme at Maastricht University is unique. You'll study general health, the factors that influence it, and the relationship between these factors. This enables you to be creative, to ask critical questions, come up with effective solutions and take adequate action.

Your introductory year is multidisciplinary, covering the entire field of health and healthcare. Good health is the result of interactions between many factors, including behaviour, the environment, social surroundings, biology and healthcare. In the second year you will choose a specialization.

“Health Sciences in Maastricht is a broad-ranged study programme. In our first year we were able to orientate ourselves and find out where our interests lied” (Eline and Lieke Willems, students Health Sciences)

The Health Sciences programme gives you the opportunity to study abroad for at least half a year. Although spending a semester abroad is not compulsory, many students take advantage of this opportunity.

A groupmentor in the first year will guide you in the decisions you'll have to make. In the third year you’ll complete your bachelor’s by writing a thesis.

Curriculum and Overview

Each course of this programme covers a new health sciences perspective. You'll combine courses on the influence of food and exercise with the study of topics such as health development and the prevention of illnesses. The first year is a broad year, which covers all aspects of health sciences. In theme courses you will focus on topics like “Lifelong Health”, “Health Issues and the role of Public Health” and “Introduction to Scientific Research Methods”.

In the second year, you begin to specialise by choosing one of the four specialisations:

  • Policy, Management and Evaluation of Health Care (e.g. how can we innovate patient care in hospitals?)
  • Biology and Health (e.g. how does the human body react on nutrition and exercise?)
  • Mental Health Sciences (e.g. how can we treat a patient who is afraid of spiders?)
  • Prevention and Health (e.g. how can we prevent young people to start smoking?)

In the third and last year of your bachelor you can choose a minor (which you can do abroad) and you will write your bachelor thesis.

Problem-Based Learning

At Maastricht University, courses are taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small groups of up to twelve students, you’ll work on practical assignments that approach a health theme from different angles. You’ll gain knowledge, and you’ll also learn how to collaborate, present and set up projects.

Practical and research skills training sessions are also included. You discuss a given problem, set learning goals, study relevant literature and then meet to discuss your findings. You do this independently, but always under the supervision of a tutor.

International campus

Maastricht University (UM) is known for its international orientation. Our study programmes, too, are internationally oriented. As from the second year of the Health Sciences programme classes will also be taught in English and international students will be part of the Health Sciences student community. In the third year Health Sciences students have the chance to study for a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. Maastricht is often said to feel like a little piece of ‘abroad’ right here in the Netherlands. Together with the many study-abroad opportunities enjoyed by our students, this makes studying at UM a truly international experience.

Job and Career prospects

The flexibility of the programme insures that you can pursue many different career paths after you’ve graduated. The demand for Health specialists is increasing because the society is in need of specialists in this field.

After all, you are not only an expert in the field that you specialised in, you have also had a lot of practical training in things such as communicating, writing, presenting and collaborating with people from other disciplines.

Examples of career paths: hospital manager, health insurance policy advisor, psychotherapist, PhD researcher, GGD policy advisor.

About Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the Netherlands and that is no wonder. The city surprises you constantly with its mixture of 17th century mansions and ultramodern architecture. The cobblestone streets, the impressive churches and wonderful squares. More than 10 percent of the inhabitants are students, and almost half of those are international.

“Maastricht is a very cosy student city” (Eline Willems, student Health Sciences)

Since the Maastricht Treaty (1992) the city is known as the birthplace of the European Union. It is an international city that opens up to young and old, to people from all cultures and backgrounds, for students and working people.

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