In the interdisciplinary Leadership Programme students learn what it takes to become a good leader

In the UU Honours Leadership programme you learn all about leadership models and what makes effective leaders. You work on current relevant leadership dilemmas and you practice and are coached on your own personal leadership skills.

Workshops and lectures are taught by experienced UU teachers, external lecturers, and leaders from different domains in society and take place every 2 weeks.

A special part of the programme is Leader to shadow in which you will work with a leader in his or her organisation and experience how leadership works in daily business.


The UU Honours Leadership Programme is 10 EC and taught in Dutch and English. Due to the growing interest in the Leadership programme, we have added an English-spoken track for 2021/2022.

Information sessions

Would you like to know more about the Leadership Programme and meet the teaching staff and students? Sign up for our online information sessions on:

  • Thursday 17 June 2021, 17.15 - 18.15 CEST
  • Monday 21 June 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 CEST 

During the meeting you will also learn more about GHIS and the Young Innovators programme, our two other interdisciplinary honours programmes. 


The application deadline for the Leadership programme 2021-2022 is 30 August 2021, 9:00. The application form is open from 1 July 2021. Make sure to include the required documents.

Before you complete the online application, there are some documents you need to prepare:

1. Motivation letter in English (max. 1 A4) 
Explain why you want to participate in this specific honours programme, how you would benefit from it and what you have to offer to the programme and its participant. Keep in mind that your motivation letter is an important factor in the selection process.

2. CV in English with photo (max 2 A4) 
Include a short description of your academic performance so far, extra-curricular activities and other valuable skills or life experiences. Please also indicate how proficient you are in English.

See the UU Career Services website for tips on writing an attractive motivation letter and CV. 

3. Transcript of records
Please include the transcript of your Bachelor’s programme grades and, if applicable, of your Master's programme grades.

4. Combine documents into 1 PDF
Make 1 PDF of the the 3 documents and name the PDF: Surname-First Name-Leadership, example: Johnson-Maria-Leadership.

Once the deadline has passed, the admission committee will review your application. After your application is approved and selected by the admission committee, you will be invited for an interview in September.

Shortly after the interview you will be informed by e-mail whether you are selected for the Leadership programme.

Available places: 40 (devided in a Dutch-spoken and a English-spoken group)