Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

SENSE Honours Programme for excellent MSc students

SENSE Honours Programme

The SENSE Honours Programme offers 12 to 15 excellent MSc students from SENSE related MSc programmes the opportunity to follow a special "research master track" in the second year of their MSc programme. This track prepares you for an academic research career by writing a full PhD research proposal on a subject of your own choice, which fits into the SENSE research theme “Sustainability Sciences”. At the end of the MSc Honours Programme the candidates are encouraged to continue their research as PhD candidate at one of the participating SENSE research groups. The SENSE research groups will help you to find external funding for your PhD proposal or to find a position as PhD candidate at one of the research groups. This programme brings you closer to a PhD project, yet, we cannot guarantee a PhD position.

For whom?

  • Are you an excellent MSc student who dreams of an academic research career started at a worldwide renowned SENSE research group?
  • Do you want to elaborate your own original PhD research proposal in the field of “Sustainability Sciences”?
  • Do you prefer to choose your own supervisor at one of our eleven excellent SENSE groups? 

Then contact Johan Feenstra for more information:


Application procedures

Excellent MSc students are nominated by professors, lecturers or by the coordinator or director of the participating MSc programmes. The selection procedure of an excellent MSc student can be found here: Nomination and selection MSc students SENSE Honours Programme


Information on current and previous SENSE Honours programme