Pharmaceutical Honours Programmes

Disciplinary – HPPS

Your Honours Programme consists of a disciplinary part, that applies to the field of pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences, and an interdisciplinary part, related to the whole science faculty. HPPS, Honours Programme Pharmaceutical Sciences entails this disciplinary part. Pharmacy students need to earn 30 ECTS through honours-level courses, as described under requirements. Both CPS and Pharmacy students need to earn 7.5 ECTS (28 hours = 1 ECT) with extracurricular projects and activities.

Points are earned through time spend on the following:

  • Projects; the projects can be done individually or with fellow honours students and the topic is in your hands. It is possible to start your own project or to join/continue other projects. Starting up your own project is explained under the heading ‘Starting your own project‘.  Under ‘Projects‘ you will find running projects. During Update Meetings or on social media projects can be promoted for recruitment. Hours spent on the project should be registered and converted into ECTS. The HPPS project manager should also be kept up-to-date from start to finish about this project by emailing
  • Attending Update Meetings and other HPPS Events; every month HPPS organises an Update Meeting or other Thematic Event. Attending these will earn you 0.1 ECT.
  • Presenting at an Update Meeting or organising a Thematic Event; Every HPPS student needs to present at least once in the HPPS career. This could either be about a project you are doing/ have done or a book you have read. You could also organise your own Thematic Event in contact with the HPPS committee. Time spent preparing your presentation and/or the event could be registered as HPPS hours.
  • Symposia/ congresses related to Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences; UP and KNPSV often organise interesting symposia. Also attending congresses, such as FIGON or EPSA can earn you points. However, always check with the HPPS coordinator if you are allowed to count these hours. After attending the event, you are required to write a 1A4 summary and impression of the event for your portfolio.
  • Books; Hours spent reading books related to pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences can be registered for HPPS. Afterwards you are required to do write a 1A4 book discussion for your portfolio. On top of this, you may also present this during an Update Meeting, for which all time spent on this could be registered as HPPS hours. Make sure to email so the book can be registered as a project. Some book suggestions are:
    • Ten Drugs by Thomas Hager
    • The alchemy of air by Thomas Hager
    • The demon under the microscope by Thomas Hager
    • Antidepressiva en depressie by Dick Bijl (Dutch)
    • Dodelijke psychiatrie by Peter C. Gøtzsche (Dutch)
    • Deadly medicines and organised crime by Peter C. Gøtzsche
    • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
    • Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
    • Laughing gas, Viagra and Lipitor by Jie Jack Li
    • The rise and fall of modern medicine by James Le Fanu
    • Factfulness by Hans Rosling & Anna Rosling Ronnlund.

You can choose many more books and check with the HPPS coordinator where they suffice.