Applied Engineering

Honours Programme

For students seeking an extra challenge

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try

(J.F. Kennedy)

  • Are you excited to learn and full of curiosity?
  • Are you inspired by research?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself?
  • Do you want to work with faculty mentors to explore your unique intellectual interests?
  • Will you graduate (master's degree) in 2025-2026?
  • Can you communicate fluently in English?

If the answer to all of these questions is 'yes', then you might want to consider joining our Honours Programme!

What is the Honours Programme?

The Honours Programme is an extra challenging study program that goes beyond what you learn in the regular applied engineering programme. It will provide you with enough room to look beyond the limits of your field and expertise.

Why join the Honours Programme?

This programme provides you with many opportunities towards personal development. You will become familiar with research early on. You will constantly be encouraged to walk that extra mile together with your fellow Honours students and faculty mentors.

What will you do?

This two year Honours Programme will be focusing on research. It officially starts in the third bachelor year and continues throughout your master year. In general, the programme consists of:

  • An internship of minimum 20 days
  • One extra course unit (which you can choose yourself based on your interests and professional development)
  • Two sharing sessions
  • Writing an abstract and a reflection
  • Participate in the research day with fellow Honours students and PhD students

The programme will be tailored to your expertise and interest as well as your personal schedule.

In addition, all Honours students will be part of the Dive-into-PhD course offered by our university. This programme aims to inform and support students in preparing, writing and defending an FWO PhD application.

How will you be evaluated?

Individual students will be permanently evaluated during the course of the Honours Programme through assignments (academic abstract, activity in discussions/ …) and an evaluation of the internship. Students need to obtain a credit for the extra course unit.
An Honours Programme is an excellent preparation for a successful career. After graduating, students will receive a certificate.

How to apply for the Honours Programme

This programme will take up additional time and energy as you are taking it simultaneously with the programme you are already following. Therefore, your dedication, motivation and attitude towards challenges and the way you conduct yourself towards your own development are highly important factors during the selection. Your grades will be taken into account but are not the sole decisive factor during the application process.

You need to have a good knowledge of English.

Before you apply officially, we highly recommend that you have a look at the different research topics and contact your mentor and/or the person as specified to discuss further opportunities.

You can apply for the Honours Programme by submitting:

  • Motivation letter of maximum 1 page
    • Why do you want to join the Honours Programme?
    • Why do you fit the profile?
  • Description of the research topic of maximum 1 page
    • What do you want to research?
    • Why is it relevant?
    • Why do you want to do it?
  • Curriculum Vitae containing the attained study results in the bachelor or bridging programme

Applications are now open. The deadline is 31 August of each year. If you want, you can agree with your supervisor to do an internship during summer.

 Submit your written application

Meet the team

Success depends heavily on the guidance and encouragement of a coach. As an Honours student, you will be mentored by a highly motivated team.

The team consists of a faculty coordinator (Marlies Van der Wee) and a mentor for each graduation track:

During one-on-one meetings or group meetings, we can help you: 

  • Set-up a personal plan for combining your regular programme with the Honours Programme
  • Choose a research topic and an internship place
  • Establish attainable educational goals
  • Improve time management and organizational skills
  • ….