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Honours education

Are you curious-minded and do you want to look beyond the boundaries of your own study? Honours education gives you extra opportunities to work on your personal, professional and academic development.

Learn outside the box!

Honours education is always taken alongside your regular bachelor or master study. You follow your interests and work with students from other academic disciplines. In small-scale education, you develop skills, gain new perspectives and learn how to solve complex societal problems. 

Curious what honours can bring you?

Something for everyone

Leiden University offers several honours programmes, which can be followed by bachelor's students, master's students and sometimes by both. 

Some programmes last one or more years, but you can also take a single Honours Class. Take a look at the programmes on offer below (or in the menu on the top left corner). 

  • Honours College (30 EC): Full programme that you complete during your bachelor's at a faculty. This can be a different faculty than your own. 
  • Bachelor Honours Classes (5 EC): A single course that challenges you on a particular subject. You don't need to follow a broader programme to apply!
  • LDE Sustainability Honours Programme (15 EC): One-year programme for second- and third-year bachelor students of all faculties with interest in sustainability.
  • LDE Space & Society Honours Programme (15 EC): One-year programme for second- and third-year bachelor students of all faculties with interest in space sector.
  • Leiden Leadership Programme (15 EC): full one-year honours programme in which you further develop your leadership skills, delve into a socially relevant topic and gain experience in an organisation.
  • Master Honours Classes & Challenges (5 or 10 EC): a shorter course or project in which you learn to tackle a complex issue for society or on behalf of a partner organisation.
  • Some project-based courses of the Master Honours Classes & Challenges are also available for advanced bachelor students. 
  • Designing Your Life: the skills modules of Designing Your Life are available to master's and advanced bachelor's students. Design your life path, learn to network and gain confidence in the future!


An overview of all honours programmes can be found below:


Honours Academy
+31 71 527 6594
Old Observatory
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden
Post Office Box 331
2300 AH Leiden
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