Master's Honours Research Track

The Faculty of Law offers its ambitious Master’s students a supplementary Law Honours Research Track which takes place from January to June every year. This programme, which is embedded in the Maastricht Graduate School of Law, allows Master’s students to learn more about conducting academic research, in addition to their regular studies.

Honours students who take part in the Research Track have the opportunity to acquire a profound basis in research methodology and to apply this knowledge in their master’s thesis on a topic of their choice. Through the Honours Research Track Programme, students prepare themselves for a future PhD or academic career.

Study load

Students completing the Masters Honours Research Programme will obtain 15 extra credits from the Maastricht Graduate School of Law. These are in addition to the 60 credits of the regular master’s programme. This means that Honours students must be prepared to study approximately 8 – 12 hours per week in addition to their regular studies during the course of the programme.


Students who successfully complete the programme will receive
a Law Honours Research Track certificate together with their master’s degree.

Honours Research Track testimonials

In this video, four former Honours students explain what is like to take part in the Master's Honours Research Track (MHRT) of Maastricht University's Faculty of Law. Watch the videos to learn more of the gains of the MHRT programme and to get an idea what it is like to be a passionate and motivated student, preparing for a PhD career!