Honours Programme Faculty of Humanities

What is the Honours Programme?

Are you a talented and highly motivated first-year student in the Humanities? Have you passed all your courses, with an average grade of 7.5 or higher? Then you can apply for the VU Honours Programme. It has been designed as an extra challenge for excellent students, to be followed alongside the standard curriculum. The Honours Programme is taught in English and comprises 30 extra EC to be obtained in your second and third year. You will earn 12 or 18 points by doing one or two research projects at the Faculty of Humanities. The remaining points can be obtained by following interdepartmental courses.

Honours students at the Faculty of Humanities are trained to become creative, critical and versatile researchers. The programme allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills, and offers a wide range of subjects.

Research projects

You will do a 12 EC research project under the supervision of a researcher in the faculty. In this way, you will be involved in innovative, ongoing research. You can either choose a project within your discipline, or try something new. It gives you the opportunity to look behind the scenes of Humanities research, to develop new skills and to contribute to the creation of new knowledge.
Optionally, you can do a second 6 EC research project in consultation with a researcher and the Honours Programme coordinator.


“For our departmental honours courses we could choose from a variety of research projects, ranging from ‘Slow Art’ to the ‘Experience of Value’. I wanted to broaden my horizon by working in a completely different field of inquiry, so I chose a project regarding psycholinguistics. During this project I learned among other things how to develop a stimulus set, how to set up scientific research and how to analyse the data we gathered. I experienced it as a very valuable addition to my academic skills to learn more about doing research and to enhance my critical and analytical thinking. By carrying out your own research project, you encounter problems you have not faced before and under the guidance of your tutor you are really challenged to be innovative and creative.” 

Cas van der Lee, History

The community

You will follow courses from and collaborate with excellent researchers and tutors from the VU and other academic institutes. You will also meet other motivated and talented students.

Registration and contact

To register, fill in the registration form and add a recent overview of your grades plus a motivational letter. You can register all year round, but the deadline for selection of Honours students starting in their second year is May 1. For students who already want to start in the second semester of their first year, the deadline is December 1 (N.B. different criteria apply!).

More information can be found on the VU Honours Programme website, or contact the coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities dr. Philip Verhagen,