Digital Society

Maastricht University

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Deze opleiding

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You will better understand the history of the digital revolution and the impact of digitalisation on today's society, culture & politics so that you can shape the digital transformations of tomorrow

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
volledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
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We are living in an increasingly digital world. Every aspect of our lives is now affected by digital technologies, from how we communicate and socialise to how we work, learn, create, stay healthy and participate in politics and the economy. The three-year Digital Society bachelor's programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the relationships between digitalisation and social change.

In this interdisciplinary programme, you will learn to look at the digital society from a wide variety of perspectives by combining theories and methodologies from disciplines such as: media & culture studies, arts & literature, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, science & technology studies and computer, data & information science.

Digitalisation promises tremendous benefits, but it also presents challenges. In this programme, you will explore both the advantages and disadvantages of digitalisation. You will learn to critically assess, anticipate and shape the social, cultural and political effects of digital transformations. And you will also be capable of understanding the range of possible future implications of emerging digital transformations.

Can we help you? Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may have additional questions about starting or completing your application. Perhaps you would like to talk to someone about the programme you're applying for, or you're looking for some pointers to start preparing your studies at Maastricht University.
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Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

In addition to courses that teach you theoretical knowledge, you have skills trainings that help develop specific sets of skills, including:
  • academic skills: academic writing, qualitative and quantitative methods, interdisciplinary research design
  • professional skills: business and persuasive writing, presentation skills, collaborative working, creative problem-solving
  • digital society skills: managing an online presence, critical analysis of online sources, coding and algorithmic thinking
You will be taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small tutorial groups with a maximum of 15 students, you will analyse challenging questions and cases. Together with your group, you will seek further knowledge and formulate your answers. Instructors only give help as it is needed, allowing you to develop independence and the problem-solving skills you will need in your career. This programme will also experiment with digital forms of education within the PBL environment and with the support of Maastricht University's Institute for Education Innovation (EDLAB). This will give you hands-on experience with the advantages and disadvantages of digitally-mediated teaching and learning methods.

At the beginning of your third year, you will be able to specialise in your field of interest by choosing to study abroad at one of our more than 100 partner universities, conduct an internship (e.g. at a cultural institution, civil society organisation, media organisation) or follow a minor at FASoS or another faculty.

The bachelor's programme may be new but Maastricht University has a strong history of research in the digital society, which is integrated into the programme.


taal van onderwijs100% en
100% en
onderwijsopzet65% zelfstudie
25% theorie
10% praktijk
The Digital Society bachelor's programme will provide you with tools to better understand the history of the digital revolution and the impact of digitalisation on today's society, culture and politics so that you can play an effective role in shaping the digital transformations of tomorrow.
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  • minimaal 42 EC in de eerste 12 maanden
  • minimaal 42 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

BSA: minimum of 42 ECTS (out of 60) in the first 12 months

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 augustus 2020
wettelijk tarief : € 2143 (€1072 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8000
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8000

1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 augustus 2021
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Matching - there is an extended admission procedure for this study programme, consisting of a questionnaire and possibly a short interview (depending on the result of the questionnaire). This procedure was designed to help students choose the best programme to match their interests, abilities and expectations. This matching procedure is voluntary.
toelaatbare profielen

De BA Digital Society is volledig Engelstalig. Als je je middelbare school in een EU/EER land hebt voltooid hoef je geen Engelse taaltoets te doen.

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


69 studenten volgen deze opleiding
48% daarvan is vrouw
41 eerstejaars gestart in 2019
59% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
9323studenten woonachtig   
€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Na de studie

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The programme will provide you with a strong academic foundation to pursue a master's programme in a cutting-edge field such as digital humanities, digital methods or data science. And since all other disciplines are paying more and more attention to the role of digital technologies, you could also choose to follow a master's programme in a more traditional discipline, such as media and cultural studies, history, art history, sociology, politics or philosophy.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

This degree will open up a wide variety of career paths to you when you graduate. Virtually all employment sectors are affected by digital transformations and need people who fully understand the potential opportunities and consequences of digitalisation for individuals, communities, nations and the world. The interdisciplinarity of the programme will allow you to communicate this knowledge to people of all backgrounds within an organisation.
This would make you particularly suited for the following types of jobs:

Marketing, communications & PR:
You will be well prepared to analyse the needs of both organisations and potential audiences. This would make you an ideal candidate for traditional jobs in communications and media as well as in the growing area of 'digital culture'.

Usability & procurement:
Organisations need employees who understand the needs of their customers or stakeholders when it comes to their user experience. For example, many standard software packages and platforms need to be configured to meet local or targeted user requirements. Without being able to understand such requirements, organisations are more likely to make bad procurement decisions and/or fail to meet the needs of their intended users.

Policy & design:
There is a growing number of digital policy roles in local, national and international government and administration. Another option is to work at a private company that designs digital technologies, ensuring that questions of privacy, liability, accountability are taken into account at an early stage, in order to prevent costly mistakes at a later stage.

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Potentiële beroepen

chief digital officer
digital strategy manager
ethical adviser
marketing coordinator
online community manager
project manager for software implementation
social media strategist
bron: StudieData


Tonita Perea Monsuwé

Marketing & Communications Adviser Student Recruitment

Meer informatie?
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