Are you an outstanding and highly motivated student and are you looking for extra challenges?

U.S.E. offers an honours programme that provides students with an extra challenge is key and encourages students to develop their talents and ambitions.

The U.S.E. Honours programme is a two and a half year program that you follow on top of the regular bachelor programme. It is specially designed for students who want to challenge themselves and want to get the maximum out of their time at U.S.E. Students in the Honours programme follow tutorials in smaller groups taught by senior faculty, so that topics can be discussed more in-depth and in greater detail. In addition, students in the honours programme initiate and participate in extracurricular activities that enable them to further develop their academic, social and professional skills.

The Honours programme provides an environment in which you can actively explore and integrate insights from other disciplines, such as geography, social sciences and law. You apply this multidisciplinary perspective to study real-world issues. In doing so, you not only build upon established knowledge but also on the latest academic insights, creating an unique learning experience.

Many students who participate in the Honours Programme also take part in exchange programs at well-known international universities. The Honours Programme is concluded with a Honours Bachelor thesis. 

More information:

Send a motivation letter to the Honours Programme Committee (, in which you state your motivation why you would like to join the programme and how you think you will contribute to the program (1 A4 max.)

Please also include a C.V. and a letter of recommendation from your tutor (please send all this in a single file, named #lastname#_honours.doc).

Deadline: to be announced. 

Entrance requirements

  • an average mark of 7 for the courses in period 1

Requirements to stay within the programme

After being admitted to the honours programme we expect you to actively participate in the courses and the extracurricular activities and to become a full member of the honours community. You will be asked to leave the programme if you:

  • have not achieved the minimum required study effort;
  • have more than one retake in an academic year; 
  • have not attained an average mark of 7;
  • have not actively participated in the extra-curricular activities.


The honours programme is a two and a half year programme that you follow in addition to following the regular Bachelor programme of Economics and Business. In the first two semesters you will attend honours specific components of the following mandatory courses:

Year 1

  • Macroeconomics, A European Perspective
  • Strategy and Organisation

Year 2

  • Intermediate Microeconomics, Games and Behaviour
  • Econometrics

Honours courses

Besides the honours components of the regular courses, you have to choose two additional honours courses that are offered by Utrecht University and the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.  Of course you are allowed (and even encouraged) to take more optional honours courses. The courses are listed below. Please note that some courses have limited places available and/or have special arrangements for registration. 

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

The Real World Perspective (ECHRWP)

This course consists of discussions of recent top (working) papers in economics published in or aimed at publication in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Review. Our meetings will apply what you have learned about economics to real-world problems that you have a personal interest in.

Subscription for the course: email Honours Programme Economics on

Creating Social Impact (USG4541)

This course is a selective honors course for students from the Law Colleges, the honours programme of the Utrecht University School of Economics, the Utrecht University School of Governance and University College Utrecht.
The purpose of this course is to let you design, develop and implement interdisciplinary projects that have a concrete and direct bearing on society, and to let you experience boundary-crossing learning.
Our society is in need of interdisciplinary problem-solving. Many issues have become so complex that they can no longer be solved  in a direct or simple way. These so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as socio-economic inequality, integration of minorities, or the rising costs of the health care system, call for an interdisciplinary approach towards problem-solving, in which economic, legal, governmental and other fields come together. By letting students from the departments of Law, Economics, Governance and University College Utrecht work together on such wicked problems, the Dean’s Honors Course will contribute to public value in our society.
Next to introductory sessions on topical wicked problems, interdisciplinary cooperation and public value, four task groups of four students will be formed. The task groups will be fully interdisciplinary, with one representative of each of the participating departments. In the task group you select a recent and contested public issue that you both research from different disciplinary perspectives and for which you formulate a strategy to create public value related to the public issue at stake.
The end result or the product of your work will be presented during a plenary (and public) meeting in the presence of the supervisors and the deans of the faculty Law, Economics and Governance and the Utrecht University College. The so called ‘products’ may have very different shapes: from presenting a report, a plan, an experiment to an exhibition or a short seminar with stakeholders. 

Subscription for the course: Email Student Information Desk Governance on

The Future of International Development Cooperation: Scenarios for 2040

This project is the extracurricular honours track within the course Governance of Development Cooperation (USG4011). Completing this track leads to registration of the course Governance of Development Cooperation as an honours course.

The scenario project is open to students from Utrecht University and exchange students.

The participants will make an analysis of the current situation of international (development) cooperation, analyze the trends and discuss possible disruptive changes that we should factor into the scenario project. It is a series of 6 to 7 extra sessions, next to the regular meetings of the course, in which we design scenarios for an alternative future and assess what options and (policy) repertoires can be imagined to achieve the goals of development cooperation.

We are looking for a diverse group of students with different disciplinary back grounds and different national backgrounds.

We can host a maximum of 16 students for this extra-curricular honours track. For more information and subscription contact prof. Wieger Bakker (

One Health (BMW33214)

The course “OneHealth” has been developed to appeal to multidisciplinary Honours students from: veterinary, (bio-) medical, and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, students from management sciences, law or economics are encouraged to participate if they have particular interest in this topic.

Students are actively involved in creating an interesting and challenging course. Subgroups of six students from different backgrounds choose their own theme for the whole course. Exemplary themes include One Health issues like Q-fever, MRSA, brucellosis, toxoplasmosis, avian influenza or MERS. Students are encouraged to contact experts on subjects not yet or incompletely covered in the course, but required for their chosen topic or for all students in the course. Students will be stimulated to organize excursions to topic-linked destinations.
In the first weeks of the course, supportive and informative plenary lectures will be scheduled, presented by experts in every relevant discipline (clinical-, veterinary-, biomedical-, pharmacological-aspects, burden of disease, zoonotic outbreak management, considerations from the past). In addition, they will attend workshops to train their interdisciplinary research skills. Throughout the course, student groups will work on their own project, guided by a mentor, who will discuss problems and make plans on a weekly basis.

Subscription: via course coordinator Frank Coenjaerts (


Extracurricular activities and honours thesis

In addition, you will organise extracurricular activities. Think of activities such as organising a congress, a debate, a field trip, or writing a ‘popular science’ book. You are also excepted to actively participate and contribute to events organized by the honours committee and events organized by fellow honours students. You will finish the programme with an honours thesis.