Department of Data Science and Knowledge Enigineering
Honours programme for bachelor’s students
The DKE honours programme for bachelor’s students has two different tracks: a professional experience track called KE @ Work, and a Research track. If you choose the professional experience track, you will gain work experience for two days a week in addition to your studies. If you opt for the research track, then you will contribute to an ongoing research project.
Both KE @ Work and the Research track require a high degree of independence. You will complete assignments, give presentations and report on your activities and progress. Both tracks have a common component, which is organised by Maastricht University's EdLab.
KE @ Work
In the KE @ Work track, you will undergo a matching process so you can be placed with a company that suits you. During the second and third years of your bachelor's programme, you will spend half of your time in the classroom and half in the company, where you work on solving academic challenges and complex business problems that your employer assigns to you. Of course, you will be guided by people in the company and the university. Participating companies include: Vodafone, Mediaan, Medtronic and PNA Group.
If you choose the Research track, you will get the chance to participate in a state-of-the-art research project. You will conduct independent research in the same way as it is done at the university’s research institutes. Each student is assigned their own task and role within the research project. The individual research findings will be jointly presented and will be published in a professional journal if possible. You will also be assigned your own personal supervisor who can help guide you through the project.
What are the benefits?
Upon completion of the honours programme, you will receive:
- 36 or 21 additional ECTS credits
- a special honours certificate
- participation and grade included in your transcript
The programme will give you valuable work and/or research experience.
Credit and non-credit components
If you take part the honours programme, you will earn additional ECTS credits. However, a part of the programme is extra-curricular, meaning that you will not earn any extra ECTS credits for this part:
- KE @ Work: 36 additional ECTS credits and 33 extra-curricular ECTS credit hours
- Research track: 21 ECTS credits and 30 extra-curricular ECTS credit hours
Can I apply?
In October of each year, we organise an information meeting in which all first-year undergraduate students are informed about the KE @ Work track and the Research track. During the third block of the first year, students who have passed every block the first time and have a GPA of 7.5 are asked if they want to participate in the honours programme. If you are approached and would like to participate, you can submit an application letter and CV. This will be followed by an interview.
Want to know more?
If you would like to know more about KE @ Work, please contact Ellen Narinx-Schrauwen at kework[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl or + 31 43 38 83459. If you would like to know more about the Research track, please contact Dr Rico Möckel at rico.mockel[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl or + 31 43 38 83482.