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Honours Programme FBMS

Are you a highly talented and motivated first-year student in the bachelor Human Movement Sciences, the bachelor Psychology or the bachelor Pedagogical Sciences? Then you are eligible for the Honours Programme of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This programme is designed to offer excelling students extra challenges on top of their regular curriculum. After successfully completing the programme, you obtain an honours degree.

The Honours programme will be at least partially in English and consists of 30EC. You will obtain these 30EC within the second and third years of your bachelor, on top of your regular courses. 

Faculty courses
Honours programme of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences:

  • Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences (see for more information below)
  • Human Movement Sciences (see for more information below)

Interfaculty courses
You will find more information about the Interfaculty courses on

Why should you apply?

In this video Honours Programme students express their enthusiasm about this extracurricular opportunity. Watch and listen why they choose to participate, which aspects of the programme are most beneficial and how honours education has contributed to their deepening of knowledge and broadening their horizon.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Register before 1 May!

Honours programme FBMS

  • Honours Programme Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences

    If you choose the Honours Programme within your bachelor Psychology or your bachelor Pedagogal Sciences, then you follow 12-18 ECTS (2 to 3 courses) in faculty courses and 12-18 ECTS in interfaculty courses. More information about the interfaculty courses. For a list of faculty courses, see below. 

    All faculty courses are 6 EC-courses. A few courses offer the possibility for Honours students to gain 3 EC extra star credits after successfully completing an extra assignment for that course besides passing the regular assessment of that particular course. In case you choose to do an extra assignment, this can be a literature review, a research proposal, or another type of assignment as will be communicated to you by the course coordinator (see applicable courses marked in bold in the Table below).  

    All Honours courses you pass, appear as extracurricular courses on your bachelor diploma. Upon successfully completing the entire programme, you receive receive an honours mentioning on your diploma if you complete the Honours Programme as well as your bachelor programme within three years, with a grade average of at least 7.5 for your regular bachelor courses.

    Nana van der Aa is Honours coordinator for Psychology and Pedagogische Wetenschappen. If you have any questions about the faculty courses of the Honours Programme, you can contact her via e-mail ( For general questions about the Honours Programme, send an e-mail to

    Course code Course namePeriod   
    P_HCTCPNCurrent Topics in Cognition (HP)
    P_HVLPHEDValue, Philosophy and Education (HP)
    P_HEVOLPSEvolutionary Psychology (HP)1
    P_HPSPAPRPsychopathology and Prevention (HP) + 3 star credits1
    P_HRESTBXResearch toolbox (HP)2
    P_HMBEDUCMind, Brain and Education (HP)2
    P_HDIVCPDiversity in Clinical Practice (HP) + 3 star credits2
    P_HGRPDYNGroup Dynamics (HP) + 3 star credits3
    P_HPSYFARPsychopharmacology (HP)3
    P_HEMSCOGEmotion and Social Cognition (HP) + 3 star credits4
    P_HMANORGManagement and Organization (HP)4
    P_HSENPERSensation and Perception (HP)4
    P_HSTRHEAStress and Health (HP) + 3 star credits4
    P_HCOCOMCooperation and Competition (HP)5
    P_HCOGNEMCognition and Emotion5
    P_HHRDEVEHuman Resource Development (HP)5
    P_HMOLGENMolecular Genetics (HP)5
  • Honours programme of the department of Human Movement Sciences

    The Honours programme of the department of Human Movement Sciences offers talented and motivated students the opportunity to invest more time in their own programme as well as to broaden their horizons through participation in special courses that transcend the faculty curriculum.

    The programme consists of 30 EC study credits and is given in English. It commences in the second year of the BSc programme and consists of components relating to the faculty and interfaculty components, transcending the curriculum of the faculty. To prevent interfaculty courses from interfering with regular studies they are generally given on Monday and Thursday evenings between and Faculty components are scheduled at regular study hours. More information on interfaculty courses.

    Admittance depends on study results (successful completion of all courses by the end of the first year with a grade point average of about 7.5 or higher) and motivation; there is an admittance clause with regard to the criteria and in special cases exceptions can be made. Students are selected on the basis of their application letter, written in English and explaining their motivation, as well as an interview. The application letter should be submitted before May 1 to the faculty programme coordinator, and a registration form should be filled out on the central VU HP-website.

    The Human Movement Sciences Honours Programme aims at stimulating scientific attitude and consists partly of components that transcend faculty curricula (at least 12 of the in total 30 credits). All education is provided in small groups in English.

    The Human Movement Sciences programme in detail
    The Honours Programme for Human Movement Sciences is defined as follows: 

    Programme second year, total of 18 EC:

    • 12 EC: choice from the programme that transcends faculty curriculum (two courses of 6 EC each).
    • 6 EC: reseach project.

    Programme third year, total of 12 EC:

    • HP-programs in the third year are tailor-made. In consultation with the faculty programme coordinator, the student may follow another interfaculty course, follow a course from another minor program, follow a course from the Master program or an optional course from the Research Master program of the faculty, write a short literature review under supervision of a staff member, conduct another research project, etc. The student has the initiative here.

    Courses in the interfaculty programme
    In the interfaculty programme, the faculty offers a course entitled “New Anatomy”.

    Students are of course free in their choice of the interfaculty programme, but are recommended not to enroll in the course “New Anatomy” because its content overlaps with the content of courses from the regular programme. Because the Honours Programme is characterized by education given in small groups with emphasis on interaction, students have to register beforehand. If too many students are interested in a particular course, selection is made on a first-come first-served basis. If on the other hand the number of students registered for a certain course is very small, the course may be cancelled.