Our Honours programme offers academic deepening, interdisciplinary broadening and connection with society

Are you an ambitious first-year student looking to complement your Bachelor's programme with an extra challenge? The Humanities Honours Programme offers you an opportunity to broaden your academic knowledge or delve deeper into your own field of study or the societal impact of Humanities. The Humanities Honours Programme provides an English spoken seminar within each course. 

More information?

Are you interested in the Humanities Honours Programme? Please visit one of our Honours Information Meetings. These take place on Monday 15 March and Tuesday 23 March 2021 from 17.15 to 19.00 hr.


If you meet the criteria and would like to participate, please register via humanitieshonours@uu.nl and send the requested documents (CV, motivation letter of max 750 words, representative piece of work and an Osiris transcript of your list of grades). The deadline for application is 1 May 2021. Make sure you are available in May for an interview with the selection committee.

News letter

Once a month, we send out a newsletter (in Dutch). You can subscribe via humanitieshonours@uu.nl. Our Honours students also post items on their blog.

Criteria for participation in the Honours Programme:

  • Good academic qualifications (this is evident from your study results and your study commitment).
  • A broad academic interest (this is evident from the books and/or newspapers you read, the films you visit, reports you write, etc.).
  • Initiative and creativity in deepening and broadening academic insight and skills.
  • Willingness to look beyond the boundaries of your field of study.

We also expect you to cooperate in the development of (the community of) Humanities Honours Programme and the organisation of joint activities.

Sign-up before 1 May 2021

Are you interested in honours education and do you meet the criteria? Send an email to humanitieshonours@uu.nl with the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter of max 750 words
  • Representative piece of work (e.g. a paper you wrote as part of a first year course)
  • Osiris printout of your transcript

Make sure you send in your application by 1 May 2021. The interviews with the selection committee will be in May.

The Humanities Honours Programme starts in the 2nd academic year and consists of a total of 45 credits (EC). These credits are partly on top of your regular programme. As an Honours student you graduate with (at least) 195 EC instead of 180 EC. The Humanities Honours Programme is multilingual. For students who do not have a sufficient command of Dutch, an English-language route is possible. Would you like more information about this? Please contact humanitieshonours@uu.nl

Year 2:

Jaar 3:

You will be automatically enrolled in the Honours courses. To register for the thesis, please contact humanitieshonours@uu.nl.

Study results at the end of year 2

At the end of the second year we will evaluate your progress, based on your study results in the Honours programme as well as your regular programme. You can terminate your participation in the Humanities Honours Programme at any time. If you wish to do so, contact your Honours coordinator and unsubscribe in time at humanitieshonours@uu.nl

> Supplementary Requirements Honours Thesis

The Humanities Honours programme concludes with an Honours Thesis (15 EC): a thesis with both quantitative and qualitative additional requirements. 

Based on the progress in the Honours programme, you will be registered by the programme in the Honours Thesis code. For the assignment of a supervisor and division into thesis seminars, it is important that you also register in Osiris for the regular BA thesis code (preferably the 15 EC variant).

Contact your department's Honours coordinator to obtain additional advice on who can supervise you for the honours specific aspects of your thesis. He or she can also explain the additional requirements for an Honours thesis for you if you still have questions.

Make sure that your thesis supervisor is aware of the additional requirements for the Honours Thesis.

Several times a year an information meeting is organised for HHP participants working on their thesis. You have to participate to this meeting at least once. At the end of the academic year, you will present your findings in a meeting on location, which is organised by the graduates themselves.

Dates of meetings:

  • 5 October 2021 17.30-18.30  
  • 29 November 2021 17.30-18.30
  • 13 December 2021 17.30-18.30

The number of students per meeting is limited, so please sign up in time via humanitieshonours@uu.nl. After you have signed up, you will receive more information about the meeting.

Instructions for completing your portfolio

You keep a portfolio from the start of the Honours Programme, which you submit to your Honours coordinator at the end of each year. In this portfolio, you report on contributions to at least two activities (extracurricular, one per honours year) and reflect on your own learning process. Your Honours coordinator will make an appointment with you to discuss the portfolio.

Organisation Honours Activity

If you are planning to set up an Honours activity, please contact SV Eureka to help you on your way. To submit a budget, please use this form.

There are also other forms of extra challenge for Bachelor's students, as well as other Honours programmes, such as the Descartes College and the Da Vinci Project


If you want to know more about the Humanities Honours Programme, or if you have any questions, you can always contact us at humanitieshonours@uu.nl.

Honours coordinators:

Study Association Eureka

Would you like to participate in a lecture, an Honours seminar or plenary session or think along in an Honours project? Then sign up with the study association SV Eureka:

Humanities Honours Programme