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Honours programme - CS

Are you an excellent student who would like an additional challenge? Then you should consider joining our Honours programme, starting in year 2 of the Bachelor's. It consists of several challenging courses that add up to 30 additional ECTS credits. Upon successful completion you will be awarded an Honours Bachelor’s degree.

  • The programme

    The Honours programme consits of 30 ECTS. The programme starts in year 2 and is to be completed in year 3 of the Bachelor's. Honours students still have the possibility to go abroad for their electives or an internship.

    Key skills you will have obtained upon completion of the programme:

    • academic and professional skills;
    • the ability to apply an interdisciplinary viewpoint on a subject;
    • applied research skills.
  • The courses

    The Honours programme of Communication Science consists of 4 parts ("courses"):

    1. Pressure Cooker (6 ECTS): Students will start the Honours programme by participating in a Pressure Cooker. The Pressure Cooker is an intensive, interdisciplinary three-day programme in which students operate in small teams and try to find solutions for challenges that an external client is facing. To prepare for the programme, students will attend several tutorial meetings, read literature and do assignments. This will help students develop professionals and academic skills e.g. analyzing problems, addressing a client, pitching ideas and team work skills.
    2. Interdisciplinary modules (12 ECTS): You will take one or two interdisciplinary Honours modules (offered by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (UvA), VU University Amsterdam or Amsterdam University College) that fit your personal interests. For more information go to IIS courses or Honours modules
    3. Extracurricular workshop: Students will participate in a workshop of their own choice that matches his/her personal objectives (e.g. a workshop offered by Career Matters).
    4. Honours Course Communication Science (12 ECTS): This is a course in which you will learn to solve a health problem by applying a systematic and theory-based approach, in cooperation with health organisations.
  • Selection criteria

    You are eligible for admission to the Honours programme if you meet the following criteria:

    • all courses of the first year in year 1 of the Bachelor’s in Communication Science have been passed;
    • the weighted average grade for these courses is 7.5 or higher;
    • The motivation is submitted within the given time frame (see below) including the grade transcript with GPA and a preliminary study plan for year 2 and 3.   

    All applicants will go through a selection procedure. Early July you will hear whether you have been conditionally selected or placed on the waiting list. If you have resits in July you can be conditionally accepted until the grades of the resits are final (and if you still meet the requirements mentioned above you will get a unconditional acceptance).

  • Application instructions

    If you would like to apply for this programme, then take the following steps:

    • In May students who have passed everything until then and have a weighted GPA of 7.5 will get an invitation to join the information session on 9 June about the Honours programme and the selection procedure (if you don’t get an invitation and you think you will meet the entry requirements in July you can still apply in June and watch the information session online (the link to the presentation:
    • Submit your motivation (and application) through the questions in the Qualtrics form in which you elaborate on your motivation for applying for the Honours programme;
    • include a preliminary study plan of year 2 and 3 including the Honours programme;
    • All is submitted in the Qualtrics form. Deadline is 18 June 2021, 15:00 hours CEST.

    We have 60 spots available in the Honours programme.

    Course registration

    During the course registration in June you do not have to register yourself for the Pressure Cooker. We will do that for you if you received an unconditional acceptance end of July. Please do register for one of the Political Communication and Journalism tutorial classes which are taught at the Thursday (whole day) or Friday morning (09:00-11:00) during the course registration in June (10-22 June). This is because of the Pressure Cooker weekend which takes place in November on Thursday night, Friday all day and Saturday.

  • Honours Bachelor's degree

    To qualify for a Honours Bachelor’s degree the following requirements apply:

    • you have successfully completed the Honours programme of 30 ECTS, as well as the extra-curricular workshop;
    • the weighted average grade for the courses in the Bachelor’s in Communication Science is 7.5 or higher (the courses of the Honours programme are exempted from this requirement);
    • you finish the regular Bachelor’s programme including the Honours programme successfully within three years.

    *You are allowed to extend your studies with one semester if you go abroad for an exchange semester or the internship. Please request this extension with the Examinations Board.