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Honours Programme SBE

The Honours Programme offers several advantages to our students. Only a select group of motivated, talented students can participate in the programme. The programme draws upon the expertise of our top faculty members. Special courses are developed, that are only accessible to honours students. These courses are characterized by small classes (10-20 students), a high degree of teacher-student interaction and for free (no extra charge of tuition fees).

All honours courses you pass appear as extracurricular courses on your BSc diploma. Upon successfully completing the entire programme, you receive a special BSc diploma stating that you have participated in the VU Honours Programme, and that you have completed your BSc degree within three years, with an average of at least 7.5 for your BSc courses and with an increased study load of 30 EC of honours courses. A successful completion of the Honours Programme is a nice addition to your CV and increases your future opportunities for follow-up studies, e.g., your chances to enter one of our top international research master programmes (MPhil), possibly leading to a future PhD.

See this document for more informationon the Honours programme. The course descriptions of the SBE departmental courses can be found in the study guide of the SBE Bachelors under the head ‘’honours programme’’.


Q: Is there a tuition fee or other costs involved in participating in the Honours Programme?
A: The Honours Programme is for free. The only additional costs involve books or other study material. Some interdepartmental courses include an excursion to Rome or Vienna for which you have to bear the costs.

Q: What happens to the Honours courses I passed if I decide to stop or if I fail to meet the GPA requirement?
A: Passing courses is no waste of effort. All Honours courses will appear as extracurricular courses supplementing your diploma, also in case you complete five Honours courses with a GPA below 7.5

Q: Does the GPA of at least 7.5 apply to my bachelor or my bachelor plus Honours courses?
A: GPA of bachelor grades only.

Q: I fear that the extra exams of Honours courses during exam weeks will lower my grades.
A: Honours Courses do not involve exams, but assignments, essays, presentations etc. Deadlines are outside exam periods.

Q: I fear that the Honours Programme will lower my grades to obtain Cum Laude.
A: There is hardly evidence for this fear. Many Honours students obtain Cum Laude and Honours.

Q: Can I combine Honours and act as a board member of study associations?
A: Yes, the exam committee grants exemptions from the three-year rule if you decide to act as a board member of Aureus and Kraket.

More information

  • Structure of the SBE Honours Programme
    2 SBE HP courses12 EC
    2 VU HP interdisciplinary courses12 EC
    1 HP elective or Research-Assistantship 6 EC
  • Enrollment in HP courses

    You register for SBE HP courses on personal dashboard and make inquiries by mailing to SBE:

    For interdisciplinary HP courses, we refer to the VU honours programme for details on enrollment. There you can also find information on how to participate in the second-half of your first year. 

  • SBE HP courses

    Most SBE HP courses are already given for several years, but occasionally new courses are announced and others sometimes skip a year (the study guide contains the latest information). In year 2 and 3 of your bachelor, you may choose

    • Behavioral Game Theory, period 2, lecturer Dr. Harold Houba
    • The Economics of Globalization: A Transaction Costs Perspective, period 4, lecturers Prof. dr. Henri de Groot and Prof. dr. Frank den Butter
    • Contemporary challenges in corporate strategy, period 4, lecturer R.C. Atanasiu.
    • Bubbles and Crashes, period 5, lecturer Dr. Arjen Siegman
    • Research Assistantship, year round, SBE HP coordinator 

    The study guide contains detailed information per course.

  • VU HP interdisciplinary courses

    These courses are offered by all faculties from VU, UvA and Amsterdam University College (AUC). Twice a year, HP students will be invited to participate in a try-out class in which all interdisciplinary HP courses are presented. During these meetings, details how to enroll will be provided. See also VU honours programme.

  • HP elective course or Research-Assistantship

    Your fifth HP course is an elective and it is up to you to choose from all HP courses available. The SBE HP course taken in the first year also counts as an elective. You can also use this course for a research assistantship (RA) in which you perform a tutored research project. It is possible to combine it with your BSc thesis. The research assistantship is organized at the level of the faculty and it has to be approved by the SBE HP coordinator (see study guide).

Do you want to know more about the SBE honours programme?

Please contact Henri de Groot or Harold Houba.