Maastricht Research Based Learning @LAW


The MaRBLe programme offers selected students the possibility to participate in research-based learning. The aim is to have you learn about conducting research and acquire new substantive knowledge by actually doing research. In other words, MaRBLe projects have a hands-on approach: while participating in a MaRBLe project, you will learn about the research process, research methodology and the dissemination of results, as well as obtain in-depth substantive knowledge in a (new) field of law. MaRBLe is offered in the form of projects that focus on a theme or method that is not generally addressed in the regular curriculum, that is current and topical and/or multidisciplinary. By participating in a MaRBLe project, you are involved in a core task of the university: research.

In each project attention is given to research methodology as well as the specific theme under investigation. In general, the project would start with group meetings in which you explore the subject-matter and/or methodology under the guidance of the supervisor and/or guest speakers. As the project progresses, the focus turns more towards your own research as you develop the contours of your own research project. Throughout, you will be given the opportunity to share your experiences with the other students, to discuss the progress of your research and the challenges you encounter, as well as to provide and receive feedback on proposals, drafts and presentations. The project culminates in a final paper. Where the project supervisor regards the quality of the papers of sufficiently high quality it may be possible to publish the papers in a special issue in the Marble ejournal. The outcome of the MaRBLe project will also be presented in public, for instance in a workshop for the project. The projects are supervised by researchers in the faculty who will guide and support you while you explore the substantive topic and develop your own research project. The project groups usually have 4 -12 participants.

Who can participate?

At the Faculty of Law, participation in MaRBLe is open for students in the third year of their bachelor studies who meet one of the following criteria:
I) participate in the Maastricht University Law College (UMLC);
II) belong to the top 25% of their cohort (in general, this means they must have a GPA of
approximately 7,5); or
III) who demonstrate exceptional drive and commitment to participate in research based

To be admitted to the MaRBLe programme, you need to submit an application in accordance with the instructions below.

How can you apply?

You can apply to the MaRBLe@LAW programme by sending an email to m.vanderhaegen[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
The application should include a short statement of one page explaining why you would like to participate in the MaRBLe programme in general and which MaRBLe project you are applying for. You should also include an overview of your grades from the Student Portal and a C.V. You should state which project is your first, and which project is your second choice. The projects might be over- or under registered. For some projects, you may be invited for an interview before a decision is taken on your application.

The deadline for submitting an application to participate in a MaRBLe project is Friday, 26 June 2020 at 5pm. We will endeavour to finalise the selection by 3 July 2020.​

When do the MaRBLe projects run?

The MaRBLe programme at the Faculty of Law is offered in both semester 1 and 2. The projects cover a period of four months. In the first two months, the study load will be roughly one day a week, in the last two months you are supposed to work full-time for the project. [This may differ slightly from project to project.]

Click here for more information about the MaRBLe projects in semesters 1 and 2.  

Projects in semester 1 will start on Monday, 31 August 2020; projects in semester 2 will start on Monday, 1 February 2021.

The deadlines for submission of the MaRBLe paper offered at the Faculty of Law are laid down in the Education and Examination Regulations. For semester 1 projects, the deadline is 31 January 2021 (15 December 2020 if you wish to enter the Master on 1 February 2021). For semester 2 projects, the deadline is 15 July 2021.

In exceptional circumstances, you may apply to the MaRBLe coordinator for an extension of the deadline in accordance with the Examination regulations. You must provide sufficient reasons for such an extension, and your application must be supported by the project supervisor(s).

What is the study load and how many credits can be earned?

The study load for participation in a MaRBLe project is 18 ECTS (504 hours) spread over one semester. Upon successful completion, you can earn 18 ECTS. Of these 18 ECTS, a maximum of 12 credits will be awarded within your regular bachelor programme, and six credits are awarded as extra-curricular credits, reflecting the excellence character of the MaRBLe programme. For UMLC students, the six extra-curricular credits will count towards your UMLC programme credits.

The 12 credits within your bachelor programme may replace your bachelor essay or two electives. You may therefore choose to have your participation in MaRBLe replace your bachelor essay, or you may choose to write a separate bachelor essay and have your participation in MaRBLe replace two electives. To replace the bachelor essay, the research conducted in the context of the Marble project must meet the requirements for a Bachelor essay in accordance with the Examination Regulations. If you choose to participate in MaRBLe and write a separate bachelor essay, your MaRBLe participation will replace two electives in your bachelor programme. Note: a MaRBLe project can only replace elective courses; mandatory courses must still be followed in order to graduate.

In case you are following a MaRBLe project at another faculty, you are responsible for ensuring that the composition of electives meets any requirements for awarding the bachelor degree; e.g. rules concerning ‘civil effect’ and the maximum number of non-law courses that can be taken in the bachelor programme (18 ECTS). Please note that to graduate, you need to complete a bachelor essay which should have sufficient legal components to meet the requirements of your bachelor programme. Therefore, if you choose to replace your bachelor essay with a MaRBLe project at another faculty, you need to ensure the legal components.

Please note a successful application for MaRBLe will not lead to the automatic deregistration from elective courses or the bachelor essay. Where applicable, you will need to deregister from any courses and/or the bachelor essay. 

Successful participation in the Marble project will be mentioned in a special certificate you will receive with your diploma.The study load for participation in a MaRBLe project is 18 ECTS (504 hours) spread over one semester.

Who coordinates MaRBLe?

The MaRBLe programme is coordinated by Matthias van der Haegen. You can direct any general questions about the MaRBLe programme to her. He can be contacted via email: m.vanderhaegen[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

The individual projects are supervised by the project supervisor(s). Questions concerning the
particular project should be directed to the project supervisor(s).


The information provided in this information brochure is subject to the Examination Regulations and in particular the provisions relating to the MaRBLe programme.