Education programmes at Brightlands

Bachelor's degrees

Maastricht Science Programme

For students with a broad interest in natural sciences, Maastricht University offers its Maastricht Science Programme. Unique in this programme is the focus on natural sciences combined with an open curriculum. At the Maastricht Science Programme, education is used as the central tool in the personal development of students. They have the freedom to choose and the responsibility to direct their own education. Depending on ambition and interests, they can pick from a wide range of courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and various interdisciplinary fields such as materials science, biomedical engineering, entrepreneurship and neuroscience. With this open curriculum structure, students are free to focus on one discipline or combine multiple disciplines into a single bachelor degree.

Doing research is what science is all about, which is why Brightlands Chemelot Campus offers part of the program. At Chemelot Campus, the Maastricht Science Programme has its own fully equipped labs where students work on experiments and perform research each semester.

University College Venlo

At UM’s satellite campus in Venlo, another Liberal Arts & Sciences programme will start in September 2015: University College Venlo. It’s a 3-year bachelor’s programme, meant for talented and ambitious students. Students can design their own curriculum out of a broad range of courses in a variety of disciplines. As such, they have the opportunity to create the perfect profile for the master’s programme or professional career of their choice.

As Venlo is the centre of one of the Food and Logistics hubs of the Netherlands, UCV opens up (but is not restricted to) the fields of business & supply chain management, and food, nutrition & health to your interests and talents. Academic and practical perspectives are combined, and students learn to apply your knowledge from day one onwards. With all courses taught in English and attracting a wide range of nationalities, University College Venlo is a truly international academic community.

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Master's degrees

In September 2015, Maastricht University started two master’s programs in conjunction with Brightlands. The new master's programmes complement the existing Maastricht Science Programme, to give UM a full academic programme in the sciences. The new master's programmes train knowledge workers to make an effortless transition into the regional labour market.

Biobased Materials
The Biobased Materials programme, which will be offered in the new Centre Court building on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, focuses on the biological and chemical production techniques used to transform raw materials into functional materials and products. At present, no other programme approaches this issue from all angles (chemical, biological and physical).

Systems Biology
The Systems Biology programme is offered on the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus. Systems biology is a new, interdisciplinary field that combines traditional biology and life sciences with elements of computer science and mathematics. This is the first independent master's programme of its kind in the Netherlands. Instead of examining individual components, the programme takes a systematic approach to biological and medical systems by using mathematical tools. This helps to create new questions and answers that lead to the development of new scientific and medical applications.