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Eighteen 'top programmes' in Higher Education Guide Masters

28 February 2017
18 Top Rated Master's Programmes

The latest edition of the Higher Education Guide for Master’s degree programmes has awarded the ‘Top Rated Programme’ predicate to 18 degree programmes taught at the University of Groningen. A remarkable increase from last year, when there were 9 in that category . For the fifth time in succession, the UG Master's programme in Nanoscience is among the top three best university Master's programmes in the Netherlands.

Challenging and well organized

‘In recent years, the UG has been receiving better assessments on average than the universities in the Randstad region in the west of the country,’ according to the Guide. ‘Students in Groningen evaluate their programmes as challenging and well organized slightly more often than students elsewhere.’ The University of Groningen comes second in the ranking of broad-based, traditional universities.

18 top programmes

The Guide includes descriptions of all officially registered Master's degree programmes in the Netherlands. Most of the programmes are also awarded points to express quality. Some programmes are so good that the editorial board awards them the predicate Top Rated Programme. These are programmes that scored 76 points or higher. The Top Rated Programme label was awarded to 142 Master's programmes throughout the country. Eighteen of the Master’s programmes taught at the University of Groningen were awarded this top accolade. These are:

  • Applied Physics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astronomy
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)
  • Econometrics Operations Research and Actuarial Studies
  • Economics and Business (research)
  • European Studies
  • Human Movement Sciences
  • International law and the law of international organizations (at UG the tracks International Human Rights Law track and Public International Law)
  • Marketing
  • Legal studies (research)
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Nanoscience
  • Philosophy (research)
  • Population Studies
  • Linguistics (research)
  • Theology and Religious studies (research).

In addition to the top Master’s programmes, another 9 UG Master's programmes came first in their category. These are Teacher Training Languages, Archaeology, Archaeology (research), Economics, Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology (research), Pharmacy, Supply Chain Management, Spatial Sciences (research), Dentistry.
All the Master's programmes will be providing detailed information on various days during the Master's Week from 20-24 March.


According to the Higher Education Guide for Master’s degree programmes, Nanoscience has topped the table as the best university Master’s degree programme in the Netherlands every year since 2013. Scientists in the field of Nanoscience study molecules on the smallest possible scale. Ben Feringa designed the nanocar, for example, a molecular motor driven by light, for which he won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in December 2016.

The Higher Education Guide for Master’s degree programmes gives a brief description of all Dutch Master's programmes on offer. A quality assessment is also given for most programmes, based on student evaluations and the NVAO evaluation.

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Feringa's Nobel prize winning nanocar, based on nano technology
Feringa's Nobel prize winning nanocar, based on nano technology
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