Admission & Application

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The Bachelor Honours programme is a challenging opportunity for well-performing students who can and would like to do more next to their studies. Within our selection procedure, taking place in January of each year, we consider both your motivation and study results/achievements. Excellent grades do, therefore, not always lead to immediate admission, as we expect a lot of input from students to get everything out of the programme. Nonetheless, we check your study progress to ensure a nominal study progress whilst participating in the Bachelor Honours programme. Hence, there are minimum requirements that students must meet if they want to take part in the programme, described below.

Choose two tracks

When applying for the Bachelor Honours programme, it is important that there is a strong match between the applicant and their preferred track. During the selection procedure, you will be asked to provide your first and, if you have it, your second preferred track. An interview with a teacher from the first choice track will be provided.

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Certification & Pinning Ceremony Bachelor Honours programme 2019


To participate in the Bachelor Honours programme, you need to perform well in your Bachelor study. At the start of the Honours programme, you need to have successfully completed all your modules until the moment of application (nominal study progress), unless you are able to show that you have legitimate reasons for not meeting this requirement (like activism, illness, etc.). Besides that, you need to have a considerable amount of free time besides your regular studies to follow the programme (we recommend having at least 12 hours an week to follow lectures and complete assignments).

Students will only be admitted to the Bachelor Honours programme if:

In the summer holiday (after 2 quartiles), the admitted Honours students will be screened again for their study progress to ensure that you are able to keep a good study progress. They are allowed to continue participating in the Bachelor Honours programme if they have:

In exceptional cases, the Honours Dean may deviate from any of these requirements on an individual basis.

Application & Selection

If you are motivated to participate in the Honours programme and if you have achieved good course results so far, you can apply for the Honours programme between mid-December to the beginning of January each year (please sign up for our mailing list to be kept up-to-date with our specific application deadlines each year). For the application, you have to submit a motivation letter. The motivation letter should discuss the following questions: 

  1. What are your passions and talents?
  2. What extracurricular activities have you participated in?
  3. How do you want to develop as a person, and how might the Honours programme help you?
  4. What is your definition of Honours?
  5. Which tracks did you choose (first and, if relevant, second preferred choice), and why did you choose these tracks? 

When writing your letter, please consider the following:

  1. The letter should consist of 500-750 words.
  2. The letter has to be a PDF.
  3. The letter should have your student number as the file name (e.g. s1234567).

The motivation letter, alongside the Study Progress Overview you will have to submit during your application, serves as input for an admission interview with a teacher of your first choice track. In the interview, your motivation for applying and your motivation for your first (and, if relevent other) preferred track(s) is discussed. This interview will be planned when applying for the Honours programme. After the interview, you will be notified of the final admission decision before the start of the third quartile. Before the start of the programme, the Honours Association Ockham will organise an introduction activity to the entire new cohort. Accepted students will be invited to this session.

Applications for 2022-2023 are currently closed. Applications for 2023-2024 will open in December 2023.