About the Keuzegids Best Masters 2018
What is the Keuzegids?
In this guide, you will find honest information about the content and quality of Dutch master's degrees. Established more than 25 years ago, the Keuzegids is well-known as a truly independent consumer guide that assesses and compares the quality of all study courses in the Netherlands.
Increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study in the Netherlands. In this pilot of the Keuzegids Best Masters 2018, we’ve translated the articles about three of the biggest subject areas at master’s level (Business Administration, International Law and Psychology) into English. In the Dutch version of the Masters guide, other degrees are discussed as well. In this article, we will explain how the Keuzegids Best Masters works.
Getting your bearings
If you’ve decided to study in the Netherlands, this will give rise to the question: in which city? Holland is well-known for its high-quality teaching, but not every university offers the best quality on every subject. In this Best Masters Guide, you can compare the quality of every Dutch degree in law, business and psychology.
Each article contains information about the content of your studies, and a list of related study courses: if you’re interested in law, criminology or sociology may also be of interest to you. Our facts & figures about quality and graduate earnings are explained below.
Job Market Information
The first paragraph of each article deals with the jobs and job opportunities in the Netherlands within the particular discipline. Some courses offer better job prospects than others. Don’t be put off by a slim chance of work or a low salary, but be aware of the consequences of your choice for your future.
The small tables contain useful facts about the monthly incomes of graduates in the Netherlands. The rating, expressed in circles, is based on how the study course compares to all other master’s courses. In this way, you can see which master’s give you the best chance of a higher salary and in which subject areas a lot of graduates really have to slog away. Note, this table relates to all graduates in the Netherlands.
You can use the ranking tables to compare the quality between Dutch master's degrees. The student ratings come from the National Student Survey that all (Dutch and non-Dutch) students fill out each year.
A study course can earn between 20 and 100 points. Courses that score 76 points or above are top courses; they earn a quality seal and a star beside the table.
In each article, five programmes are marked with the flag of Britain. Here, students were most positive about their teacher's level of English.
The courses have been rated by actual students on these courses, on a range of different criteria:
- Programme: is the course challenging, are the working methods effective and is the programme cohesive?
- Assessment: are assessments in line with the course material, are there clear assessment criteria, are knowledge, understanding and skills tested sufficiently?
- Lecturers: are they competent, are they good at teaching and do they give good feedback and support?
- Scientific training: do students get enough practice with critical reading, writing articles, research methods and techniques and independent research?
- Practice-based approach: is sufficient attention paid to general skills such as problem solving, argumentation and critical thinking, and are students well prepared for the professional practice?
- Feasibility: does the provision of information about study progress and exam results run smoothly, are deadlines evenly distributed and is the timetable manageable, or is there a risk of study delay?
- Support: are lecturers involved and approachable, is (good) study support available?
- Facilities: are the workspaces and library suitable, are the digital learning resources (such as Blackboard) acceptable?
- The expert ratings are from the inspection authority NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders), which assesses each course every six years. They assess the courses for ambition, i.e. the intended standard of education. In addition, they assess them according to the standard achieved at the end of the course and in the examinations. It is relatively easy for the courses to gain a satisfactory rating from the experts, so you will only see a plus sign in the table if they are particularly impressed with the programme.
- The quality assessments are based on results from the National Student Survey (NSE), which students in the Netherlands complete each year. We sometimes don’t have all the information. In that case, you will see the letters NK (not known) in the table. For an explanation of all the sources, you can take a look at our website www.keuzegids.org and check out the page on 'methodiek' (in Dutch).
The Keuzegids Best Masters offers honest information about the content and quality of Dutch master's degrees. If you want to know more about the education system, scholarships or practical matters, check out the website www.studyinholland.nl.