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Honours programme Psychology

Honours programme

General outline Honours programme Psychology

For more information about the consequences of the corona crisis for the Honours programme Psychology, please check Enrolment and admission and Honours certificate.

From the academic year 2020-2021 the department of Psychology offers Honours students a curriculum of 3-6 EC in the second and third year, called Breaking Borders (see below for more information).

Beside the Breaking Borders course(s), you can put together your own programme of extra courses that you would like to take (24-27 EC). Courses at your own choice are at least at second-year level and from your own or a related academic Bachelor's programme. Third-year current topics from the Psychology bachelor are open to second- and third-year Honours students. Extra courses from another discipline must be relevant to psychology in terms of content. An exception to this requirement is related to the interdisciplinary courses (see below) that you take. It is important that the extra courses do not overlap in content with courses from the regular Psychology Bachelor’s programme and/or with each other.

You can also earn credits for your Honours Bachelor’s programme in other ways. In the past, Honours students have done extra (research) internships (with a maximum of 6 EC) for example. Check the course catalogue for more information. University summer schools (abroad) can also be counted if these are of a sufficiently high level. Always contact the coordinator if you would like do one of these alternatives.

You are responsible for a programme that is logistically feasible. The study advisor and coordinator of the Honours programme can help you with that. 

Breaking Borders

Breaking Borders focuses on the development of academic, creative and personal skills in an interdisciplinary context. 
This enables students to become versatile and intellectually flexible psychologists, who are able to work critically and proactively on complex (individual or societal) problems in an interdisciplinary academic and/or social context.

In the first semester of your second year (2020-2021) you can start with the non-mandatory course Breaking Borders 1 (3 EC). In the first semester of your third year (2021-2022) you will follow the mandatory course Breaking Borders 2 (3 EC). 

Breaking Borders 1 is dedicated to stress and resilience. Inspired by historical and modern articles about dynamic complex systems (on neuronal, psychological and social level) and discussions with guest lecturers students have to write an essay and develop an intervention to increase resilience and/or reduce stress.

In Breaking Borders 2 students will do a ‘pressure cooker’, a transdisciplinary learning activity aimed at connecting science and society. During the pressure cooker students work in small groups towards new (interdisciplinary) solutions for a societal problem from an external client (e.g. universities, TNO, ministries, cities, foundations). 

Check the course catalogue for more information about these courses.

Interdisciplinary courses

You must take interdisciplinary courses amounting to at least 12 EC. These courses are free from the requirement that it must be relevant to psychology in terms of content. You can do only one interdisciplinary course per semester starting in the second semester of your second year.

For more information on interdisciplinary Honours courses, please see the website of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS). It is also possible to take other interdisciplinary (non-Honours) courses at the IIS.

Please note: the registration periods for interdisciplinary courses differ from the regular registration periods. Keep an eye on the IIS website for the precise registration deadlines.

Studying abroad

The Psychology department encourages students to study at a university abroad.

If you want to study abroad, it is best to do so in the second semester of your third year. 
If you have plans to go abroad, contact the coordinator of the Honours programme.