Maastricht Research Based Learning Programme

Are you a third-year bachelor student looking for a new challenge?
Are you interested in learning how to do research at an academic level?
Are you able to approach issues both in a creative and critical manner?
If so, then MaRBLe may be the thing for you!

MaRBLe is Maastricht University’s excellence programme that introduces talented and motivated students to undergraduate research and provides them with the ability to develop and improve their creative and critical thinking skills.

MaRBLe is based on the concept of research-based learning. Selected students are offered the opportunity to learn about conducting research and to acquire new substantive knowledge by doing research, as opposed to taking traditional classes. In other words, MaRBLe has a hands-on approach: while participating in a MaRBLe project, you will learn about the research process, research methodology and the dissemination of research results, as well as obtain in-depth substantive knowledge. 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 starts 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 in your project group, 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, which may even be published in the Marble e-journal and presented during a public workshop or roundtable.

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 5 -12 participants.

New! From 2017-2018, the Faculty of Law will be offering the MaRBLe programme twice a year.

MaRBLe projects in semester 1 will commence in period 1 and run through until period 3; second semester projects will run from period 4 to period 6.

Please click here for more information about the MaRBLe projects in semester 2.

The projects for semester 1 2018-2019 will be published in May 2018. 

Who can participate?

Participation in MaRBLe is open for students in the third year of their bachelor studies who meet one of the following requirements:

  1. participate in the Maastricht University Law College (UMLC)
  2. belong to the top 25% of their cohort (in general, this means they must have a GPA of approximately 7,5) or
  3. who demonstrate exceptional drive and commitment to participate in research based learning 

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 programme by sending an email to honours[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 semester 2 project is Monday 13 November, 2017. We will endeavor to finalise the selection by Friday, 17 November, 2017

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

The study load for participation in a MaRBLe project is 18 ECTS (486 hours) spread over one semester. Upon successful completion, you 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.

From 2017-2018, we offer you greater flexibility in developing your curriculum. The 12 credits within your bachelor programme may replace your bachelor essay or two electives. For UMLC students, the six extra-curricular credits will count towards your UMLC programme credits.

Successful participation in the Marble project will be mentioned in a special certificate you will receive with your diploma.

Contact information

MaRBLe coordinator: Dr Nicole Kornet
Email: honours[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl