Extra opportunities

For students looking for an extra challenge in addition to their Master's, there are several options. 

Honouring your curiosity

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra avenue to nurture their curiosity and foster their personal development. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme. The UU Honours College offers 4 university-wide honours programmes.

University-wide honours programmes

In these interdisciplinary programmes, you can let your diverse interests run wild as you work on varying social and academic issues together with students from other disciplines. By analysing issues from different perspectives, you’ll learn how to navigate complex societal issues through a broader lens.

In an increasingly interconnected world, learning how to work with people from different fields is a vital skill. After completing these honours programmes you will receive an honours certificate during a festive ceremony. The following programmes are offered: 

For more information on honours education at the UU, go to the Honours College webpage, the honours Instagram, or email us at honourscollege@uu.nl.

Public Administration and Organisation Science Academy

Are you keen to take on an extra challenge, over and above this Public Administration and Organisation Science Master’s programme? One option might be the Public Administration and Organisation Science Academy. The Academy combines all broadening, deepening and distinguishing activities of the Master’s programme. By participating in one of these activities, you will strengthen your profile as a Public Administration and Organisation Science Master's student.

Examples include:

  • Thesis-plus Advisory Track
    • Every student in this Master’s programme carries out a research project, then writes it up in the form of a thesis. As an extra challenge, you can supplement your thesis with a consultancy report for a specific organisation. You will be assisted in a track that teaches you how to structure an advisory report.
  • Thesis-plus Article Track
    • While working on your thesis, you can also opt to write an academic article based on your research. You will be assisted in writing articles.
  • Thesis-plus Art Track
    • You can explore ‘arts-based’ methods while working towards an alternative form of Master’s thesis involving, for example, a video, piece of music, drawing or poem.