About Honours+

Learn more about UM’s common core Honours programme for bachelor students.

This Year's Challenges!

Find out which exciting new challenges Honours+ is offering in 2018-2019

(we will be announcing the new assignments in October)


Programme Content

What does Honours+ have to offer me? And what will be expected of me if I become an Honours+ student?

Programme Components

In Honours+, you’ll work throughout the course of 6 months on a group challenge with an interdisciplinary team, under the guidance of a Supervisor.

The assignments can vary greatly in subject, but are linked to the 3 core research themes of UM’s strategic programme 2017-2021:

  1. Europe & a Globalizing world;
  2. Quality of Life;
  3. Learning & Innovation;

A true Honours+ challenge

  • Is a challenging, academic and current case, issue or problem, with practical/societal relevance;
  • Is linked to UM’s three core research themes;
  • Pushes students outside their comfort zone;
  • Calls for an innovative solution, exploration or approach;
  • Allows and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach, with an equal input of the involved disciplines;
  • Requires a time investment of 125 hours per student.
  • Can be approached along the lines of the scientific method.

Group Assignment outcome

Honours+ defines general guidelines for the outcome of the team challenge. The further refinement of the style of the academic report needs to be defined in close interaction between Supervisor and students. Honours+ requires the following outcome (twofold):


  • An academic report, that:
    • displays an interdisciplinary understanding of the researched subject, reflecting all involved disciplines;
    • contains between 6000-8000 words;
    • is written in accordance with the APA guideline;
    • is sent to the Supervisor and honoursplus@maastrichtuniversity.nl,
      before the deadline (Monday, May 13th).
  • Based on the outcome of the scientific exploration of the team challenge, each team proposes their personal, innovative idea for a team contribution in solving/improving/enhancing (or getting closer to solving/improving/enhancing) the explored topic, issue or problem, and presents it during the Closing Event. The best idea of each category (Europe & a Globalizing World, Quality of Life, Learning & Innovation) will win a grant of € 500 to further explore and develop their proposal. We challenge you to set in wheels in motion!

Workshops and Masterclasses

Honours+ offers several workshops and master classes focused on optimal assignment execution as well as personal development. Offered workshop themes include “Creative Problem Solving”, “Teamwork and Communication”, “Stress Management”, “Tackling Interdisciplinary Research”,  “Strength Finding”, “Time Management”, “Debating Skills” and “Prepare a Pitch”.

During Honours+, you are required to have attended at least two workshops.

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Central Events

Polish up your networking and presentation skills at our various annual central events. Get to know your team members during the Honours+ Kick-Off and meet with other Honours+ students and Supervisors t during the Closing Event. Become a part of the Honours+ (alumni) community and build bridges for the future.

Honours+ Timeframe

Overall, Honours+ has been designed to require 140 hours (the equivalence of 5 ECTS) of your time,  divided over time spent on assignment execution, attending workshops and masterclasses, and attending central events.

This is spread out over the course of approx. 6 months (November until Mid-May). It is important to note that poor time management will most likely not only affect you, but your team members and your Supervisor as well. Be sure to manage your time well and securely schedule your activities.


  • Group Challenge
  • Workshops
  • Central Events

When? Honours+ will take place from November until Mid-May. To be exact, the Honours+ programme will kick off on October 30th after which you will start your assignment and attending workshops, up until the Closing Event on May 16th.

The Honours+ Central Management Team


Fabienne Crombach


Junior Coordinator

Ivanna Vinnicsuk



Marie-Lou Mestrini