Excellence and honours programmes

Maastricht University (UM) offers excellence and honours programmes for talented students seeking an extra challenge. These include three Honours Colleges with selective bachelor's programmes, faculty-specific programmes for bachelor's students, and university-wide programmes for bachelor's and master's students.

Each programme challenges you to excel academically and pursue your interests. You'll engage in fascinating lectures, workshops and research projects beyond the standard curriculum. You’ll also gain advanced knowledge, enhanced analytical skills and an impressive academic record that will make you stand out to employers.

Are you ready to take your academic journey to the next level? Check out our honours and excellence programmes below to see which one could be right for you. 

Common Core for faculty honours programmes



Honours+ is the Common Core for all faculty honours programmes (except FSE). In your second year as a bachelor’s student, you will explore a complex current topic in a group of four to six students from different faculties. In addition to this Team Challenge, you will participate in a series of workshops to enhance your academic and personal skills. Through Honours+, you will learn to address global challenges in an interdisciplinary setting, under the professional guidance of UM staff.

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University-wide excellence programme for bachelor's students


MaRBLe excellence programme

Through the Maastricht Research Based Learning programme, MaRBLe for short, we offer talented third-year bachelor’s students the opportunity to conduct their own research project. You will be guided by experienced academic staff who will help you further develop your critical thinking and research skills. This will help prepare you for a career in scientific research or research positions in business.

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University-wide honours programme for master's students

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PREMIUM honours programme

PREMIUM is our Honours programme for high-performing master’s students. If selected, you will work in an interdisciplinary team on a project for a real client from the public or private sector (e.g. Cisco, DHL, EcoAct). Along with guidance from a project mentor, you will receive individual coaching focused on your personal and professional development. You will also attend several workshops and events designed to cultivate valuable knowledge and skills, as well as build a network that provides you with the best preparation possible for the job market. Are you up for the PREMIUM challenge?

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