Wageningen tops the table for full-time university Master’s degree programmes

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9 maart 2018

Scoring 68 points, the full-time Master’s programmes at Wageningen University & Research scored higher than all other university programmes. Twenty-one of the 27 Master’s programmes assessed were awarded the ‘Top degree programme’ predicate. The scores in the Keuzegids Masters (‘Higher Education Guide to Master’s Degree Programmes’), which was published today, emanate from assessments made by students and an expert team.

WUR tops the tables for all universities teaching full-time programmes. It is also number 1 in the separate category of Universities of Technology.

The absolute best master programme

Scoring 90 points out of 100, the Master’s programme in International Land and Water Management stands out as the absolute best of the 27 Master’s programmes taught and assessed in Wageningen. Programmes with smaller numbers of students usually score higher in the Keuzegids, but the group of students studying Land and Water Management (150) can hardly be called small. In the words of the Keuzegids: “We have known for some time that WUR, with a growing student population from all around the world, offers excellent Master’s education.”

High scoring programmes

Programmes such as Geo-information Sciences and Molecular Life Sciences (both 88), Plant Sciences and Forest and Nature Conservation (both 84) also achieved very high scores. The programmes that scored lowest (64 points) were those in Development and Rural Innovation and Landscape Architecture and Planning, although the scores were still above average. The Keuzegids gives a ‘Top degree programme’ classification to programmes that score 76 points or more.

Assessments by students and experts

The Keuzegids bases its evaluations for 80 percent on student assessments and 20 percent on evaluations made by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders). The students allocate points for the teaching programme, the exams, the quality of the lecturers, the level of academic development, the practical focus of the teaching, the feasibility of the programme, the supervision and the teaching facilities.