In addition to the objectives of the regular bachelor thesis, honours students are after completion of the course, able to:
- process the thesis into a popular scientific article that is tailored to the readership, layout requirements and current discussions of a selected journal.
A description of the Bachelor’s thesis can be found in the prospectus of the regular Bachelor’s programme, in which special attention is given to the Honours thesis.
For students NWI cohort 2014 the honours thesis is seen as a variation on the Bachelor's thesis. The expansion by 7.5 EC should be clear from the final product and should be spent on collecting or processing empirical data. This means that a literature study alone is not sufficient.
For students NWI that started in 2015 or later the Bachelor's thesis is 15EC. The difference with writing a regular Bachelor’s thesis, is that honours students have to write both a thesis and a popular scientific article. Besides this additional output, the honours thesis does not entail additional adjustments.
The selection process of the topic of the honours thesis takes place in the same manner as that of the regular Bachelor’s thesis. In this case, the honours coordinator is the person responsible; supervision can be done by another lecturer.
The Honours thesis is set up in an identical manner to that of the Bachelor’s thesis. If possible, honours students are placed together in intervision groups; however, it will not be possible to create intervision groups exclusively composed of honours students.
Assessment is identical to the regular Bachelor’s thesis (research proposal, final product, poster, posterpresentation and peer review). The honours component, i.e. the popular scientific article, is assessed separately and needs to be sufficient.
Academic skills: communicating academically, doing research,writing and presenting