Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars

GHIS students discuss and study diverse themes in international, interdisciplinary groups

Master’s students looking for an additional academic challenge can participate in the extracurricular honours programme Graduate Honours Interdisciplinary Seminars (GHIS). You can follow this programme (10 EC) on top of any Master’s degree of the Utrecht University.

Develop interdisciplinary research skills

As today’s global and local problems are becoming more complex, GHIS is designed for open-minded and broadly societally interested students that are eager to develop interdisciplinary research skills that help combat these complicated challenges. GHIS consists of a series of small-scale seminars that allow you to explore socially relevant research themes outside of your own field, under the supervision of leading UU professors. You discuss these themes with students of other disciplines. This teaches you to not only work together with researchers from other fields, but also to reflect on your own expertise. Throughout the programme you learn what it means to do interdisciplinary research. 

Themes and topics

The topics are diverse: ranging from global health issues and complex systems to trends in youth culture, philosophy of science, and the contested notion of citizenship. You will find that such topics are multifaceted and require an interdisciplinary approach. For example, the citizenship seminar not only looks at the legal definition of a citizen, but also offers a sociologist view on refugees and what citizenship means in a world with disappearing borders. Seminars will be given by well-known professors such as Marc Bonten, José van Dijck, James Kennedy and Henk Kummeling, by young ambitious academics associated with the Utrecht Young Academy, and by researchers of interdisciplinary projects.