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Faculty track

All faculties offer a 30 EC programme. You can either follow an Honours College track at your own faculty and gain in-depth knowledge about your study area; or broaden your horizons by following an Honours College track at a different faculty.

You can either follow an Honours track at your own faculty or at a different faculty. All tracks can be followed by students of other faculties, with the exception of the following three HC tracks which are taught in Dutch only: Bèta and Life Science, Medicine and Law (switch to the Dutch page for details).

Tracks per faculty

In the heritage sector, entrepreneurial and motivated students are the managers and leaders of the future. But an academic background is also important, which is why you will focus on both of these aspects during this programme.

This track offers you:

  • a good overview of the interdisciplinary work field of Archaeology;
  • the chance to take on extra-curricular courses in addition to your regular educational requirements;
  • a head start in developing certain skills, such as learning how to discuss and how to conduct critical research;
  • the opportunity to build up a professional network and a close relationship with professors and other Honours students;
  • the chance to gain relevant work experience.

Least but not least, you will come into contact with the archaeological professional field, museums, governmental organisations, and municipal councils. After completion you will have built a professional network which will give you a head start on the job market.

  • Location: Leiden
  • Language: Dutch or English (depending on the composition of the group)
  • Open to: All Leiden University Bachelor’s students
Coördinator HC Archeologie

dr. Maaike de Waal

More information about the HC Crossing the borders in World Archaeology

Language, music, stories and art; during the Humanities Lab Expedition track you’ll study everything that we, as humans, create and share, from the perspective of different study areas. By way of different elective themes, you’ll examine the similarities, differences and links between the different areas of humanities. On top of that, you’ll take a look at beta and gamma sciences, under the guidance of top researchers.

  • Location: Leiden
  • Language: Dutch or English (depending on the composition of the group)
  • Open to: All Leiden University Bachelor’s students
Coördinator HC Humanities Lab Expedition

Sven Balfoort en Sieglinde de Horde

More information about HC Humanities Lab Expedition

Location: The Hague

Current societal challenges require new thinkers, potential leading experts and public leaders to solve crises at global and local level. This Honours Track has the goal of educating students on how current (wicked) problems play out among government, science and society and give them the skills to tackle some of these issues theoretically as well as practically.

The learning experience is thereby based on interactive activities, such as visits to the Dutch lower house, the European Parliament  and other (public) organizations in Brussels as well as simulation games and an assignment for the municipality of The Hague.

  • Location: The Hague
  • Language: English
  • Open to: All Leiden University Bachelor’s students
Coördinator HC Tackling Global Challenges

drs. Annette Righolt

More information about HC Tackling Global Challenges

In this programme you’ll study the interaction between science and society. You’ll take part in discussions with prominent scientists, as well as meeting and working with students of other disciplines. In this way you’ll learn to look at issues from different perspectives. On top of this, you’ll learn more about major problems in society and how these are being researched. You’ll also work on a range of skills, such as engaging in dialogue, accessible writing, presenting, collaboration, analytical thinking and scientific research.

  • Location: Leiden
  • Language: Dutch or English (depending on the composition of the group)
  • Open to: All Leiden University Bachelor’s students
Coordinator HC Science & Society

dr. Nienke van der Heide

More information about HC Science & Society


There are two possible start dates for your Honours College track:

  • In the second semester of your first academic year
  • At the start of your second academic year

The duration of your programme will be 2 or 2.5 years, depending on your start date. The programme is so designed that you can follow it alongside your Bachelor’s programme, without falling behind in your studies.

In general, it is possible to combine an Honours College track with other study activities, such as a stay abroad or internship. Discuss the options with your Honours Coordinator.


Upon successful completion of the faculty track, you’ll be awarded an Honours College certificate and have your Honours College credits mentioned on your diploma supplement. This is on condition that you complete both your Bachelor’s programme and Honours track within 3 years, and that your average Bachelor grade is at least 7.

The Social and Behavioural Sciences Honours College track offers an interactive programme in parallel with your regular Bachelor's curriculum.

The FSW HC's Science & Society track is aimed at students who want to:

  • examine the world from the perspective of different scientific disciplines;
  • explore and establish their personal motives and ideals for the future;
  • apply their knowledge to real, contemporary issues in science and society.

Our starting premise is that you yourself are the owner of your professional future. The purpose of your academic studies and knowledge acquisition extends far beyond obtaining a degree. Eventually, you will take your place in the world, and play your part in changing it. This calls for a clear image of your own passion and mission, combined with knowledge of what is necessary and possible in science and society.

The FSW Honours College supports you in discovering and developing your talent and competences. The programme invites you to broaden and deepen your academic knowledge and encourages you to develop effective approaches to social issues.

The Honours College certificate you receive on completion shows you have broad interests and a critical and enquiring attitude. In addition, it demonstrates that you are motivated and can handle an extra challenge alongside your regular degree programme. It is an important recommendation for admission to further degree courses and for future employers.

General Introduction

The FSW Honours College programme consists of 30EC in addition to your regular Bachelor degree programme. In your first year you take part in a 5EC course Social Science Lab that trains you to take your role as expert in a think tank. The second year starts with a two-day fieldtrip to the Dutch island Texel and is followed by a programme with various elective options, comprising of 15EC. The final year consist of 10 EC, during which you extend your bachelor’s thesis and present your work at the Honours conference. If you enter in Year 2, your 3rd year will comprise 15EC instead of 10EC.

The FSW Honours College focuses on the interaction between science and society. You engage with prominent scientists and societal experts, meet students from other disciplines, and work together to find solutions for contemporary social problems. This increases your awareness and appreciation of different perspectives on a problem. You expand your knowledge of important issues in society and how these are researched. In the process, you develop skills such as initiating dialogue, writing accessibly, presenting, collaborating, thinking analytically and carrying out scientific research. In all this, you work together with Bachelor's students from other disciplines within and outside the FSW.

Main goal is to prepare your contribution to tomorrow's world, starting from your own interests and motivation. Deeper knowledge of your own talent and competences will form your point of departure to obtain a broader view of current scientific and social challenges.

Year 1

The 1st year prepares you for an expert role in a thinktank. Several workshops allow you to focus on personal development, by exploring your own motives, interests, competences, and image of the future. You gain insight in your strengths and weaknesses in cooperation and train your communication skills in conflict situations. You meet prominent scientists who help you increase your knowledge and expertise on current issues. Scholars from all branches of the Social and Behavioural Sciences will share their insights with you, each from the angle of his or her own discipline, offering you a fascinating range of perspectives on matters relevant to society. With all these tools in hand, you design an effective intervention in collaboration with a thinktank of 5 students from various academic disciplines. The workshop 'Dealing with Stress' helps you to remain in charge of your choices in stressful situations.

Full programme Year 1 Social Science Lab

Year 2

In the second year, you choose one of the following themes to build your programme on:

  • Sustainability and Health
  • Adults and Children in a Polarising World
  • Human Aspects of Robotisation.

In September, the Honours College starts with a two-day fieldtrip to the Dutch island Texel, during which you explore the theme you selected and become better acquainted with your fellow students in the theme group. Your knowledge on the theme is expanded in a short course, and you continue the development of your personal and professional skills.

Additionally, you make a selection of a range of Honours elective courses, such as Journalism and New Media, Philosophic Considerations and Juvenile Delinquency. You explore a professional context in a societal internship, and you take one elective course from your own or another academic discipline, in connection to your theme.

Programme Year 2

Year 3

In the final year, you take one of the University's Honours Classes, choosing from the wide range of these interdisciplinary modules outside your own Bachelor’s degree programme. You also extend your Bachelor’s project by doing additional research. The Honours Programme concludes with the Honours Conference, where you present the knowledge you gained at the Honours College.

Studying abroad in your 3rd year is also possible. In many cases you can take an extra course abroad to meet your Honours EC requirements.

  • Strong motivation
  • Curiosity, and an openness to self-reflection
  • Good results: average grade of 7.5 or higher during your regular Bachelor's programme

English is the main language for the FSW Honours College's Science & Society programme. In groups with only Dutch-speaking participants, the spoken language may be Dutch. Individual assignments may - in consultation with the instructor -  be submitted in either Dutch or English.

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