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Academic Excellence Track
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Career prospects

Your career perspective

Graduating from the Honours programme Academic Excellence Track (AcET) will testify to your academic and professional excellency. It gives highly talented students a head start on research, and the opportunity to specialize, explore and reflect on important concepts in their field.

AcET will prepare you for a career in academic research, policy making or strategic advice where advanced research skills will be an asset. Also, you will be exceptionally well prepared to meet the high demands of working in ministries, courts, national and intergovernmental organizations and law firms.

Where can you work?

Are you a policy maker or a policy taker? The Honours programme Academic Excellence Track (AcET) is an ideal programme for students who aspire to careers as researchers inside and outside a university, strategists of the public interest and leading lawyers at national and international levels:

  • Become a PhD candidate at a university in the Netherlands or abroad;
  • Make European Union public policy, e.g. as a staff member of the European Commission;
  • Provide strategic advice as a top lawyer at national and international levels;
  • Contribute to public interest work and research in the public sector or international organizations.


After graduating from the Honours programme Academic Excellence Track (AcET) you will have acquired:

  • the skill required to solve complex problems creatively and to critically reflect on such problems and solutions;
  • an advanced understanding of theories regarding academic legal research and corresponding research methods;
  • the ability to define a problem, to justify a chosen research method and identify its limitations;
  • firsthand research experience and the ability to conduct supervised scientific research, individually or in small teams;
  • the ability to independently produce a research thesis of excellent academic quality.
Master's student Tom
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You will develop skills that will serve you well during your future career whether that be in the law or academia. Tom, student European Competition Law and Regulation Read the interview with Tom