Honoursstudenten overleggen met elkaar
Honoursstudenten overleggen met elkaar

Building Bridges Interdisciplinary Honours Programme

If you’d like to team up with fellow students from different faculties to explore current themes and see what’s going on outside of your studies, and work on your skills and personal development, the Building Bridges Interdisciplinary Honours Programme could be exactly what you’re looking for! Working in small, closely supervised groups, you will choose a special thematic studio in which you will contemplate, and subsequently form general opinions about, issues such as the role of big data in our society, climate change or the future of healthcare.

The Building Bridges Honours Programme brings students together from the different faculties at Radboud University. Each of these students has their own individual experiences, ideas, background and skills. It is while you are working in this diverse group of students that you will focus attention on your personal development. You will ordinarily meet up with the other students one evening per week.

The Building Bridges programme offers you: 

  • The opportunity to share knowledge and exchange insights with students from a range of different disciplines
  • The chance to learn how to collaborate in a multidisciplinary team
  • The opportunity to work in an inspiring environment with fellow students who are motivated and wish to achieve more
  • The opportunity to conduct independent and specialised research on social issues for an external client
  • Plenty of opportunities for personal growth
  • The scope to develop and improve your skills
  • The chance to expand your network to include fellow students from a range of different academic specialisms
  • The opportunity to take an extended foreign study trip and discover how other countries deal with relevant scientific and social issues

Facts & figures

  • Duration 1 year, during B2 or B3
  • Study load ± 6 hours a week
  • Start kick-off on Saturday in September
  • Language Dutch and English
  • Study costs None



‘Science and society’ kick-off

Students from all of the honours programmes will come together for the ‘Science and society’ kick-off. This will provide you with the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow students and your supervisors. Together you will reflect on what connects us as academics, what good science is and the role that scientists play in society. You will also immediately start working on certain skills, such as debating and presentation skills.

Thematic studio

In the first semester you will choose a thematic studio that focuses on a topic such as populism and democracy or biodiversity. You will be introduced to this topic by a lecturer who is an expert in the field. Together with your supervisors and fellow students, you will explore how different scientific disciplines study this theme. Lastly, you and your fellow students will work on a group assignment that centres on this theme. For the purpose of the studio, you will go on a short excursion or work visit, for example to a lab, museum, embassy or congress.

Click here to see the list of thematic studios

Think tank

In the second semester, you will participate in a think tank. Together with a group, you will address a complex, interdisciplinary issue that is being experienced by an external client. Such issues may include the sustainable campus or the importance of mental health. You will get to know the client during a kick-off weekend. For the purpose of the think tank, you will take a short foreign study trip. In consultation with the client, you will ultimately determine the form of the finished product. 

Click here to see the list of think tanks


In the first semester, you will choose a separate skills module. During this module, you will focus on specific skills that you subsequently wish to develop, such as storytelling, debating or creative writing.

List of skills modules

Giving Back

As an honours student, you will be given exciting opportunities. In return, we expect you to use your talents, knowledge and skills for the benefit of society. There are several ways in which you can do this, for example, by giving presentations at high schools or nursing homes. Or by participating in projects that focus on urban challenges, such as those that deal with sustainability.

Personalised guidance

This honours programme was created with you in mind! We will help you to achieve your goals, and try to match your interests as best we can. During the year we will regularly discuss progress with you. The focus is on your own learning objectives, your personal development, and the social projects you work on.


For more information about the Building Bridges Interdisciplinary Honours Programme, please contact one of the programme directors:

Heleen Loof
heleen.loof [at] ru.nl (heleen[dot]loof[at]ru[dot]nl)

Esther Fluijt
esther.fluijt [at] ru.nl (esther[dot]fluijt[at]ru[dot]nl)