To successfully complete the Honours Programme Pharmaceutical Sciences and obtain your honours certificate, you must meet the ECTS requirements.
Technically, the honours programme for Pharmacy (and also for CPS, as it is via CROHO currently registered under Pharmacy) consists of 45 ECTS, of which 15 ECTS are earned through extracurricular courses and 30 ECTS are honours-level courses within the curriculum. Pharmacy students and CPS students have different requirements, because the mandatory courses from the CPS major are marked as honours-level courses by default. This means that CPS students earn 15 ECTS in total (in relation to HPPS), unlike Pharmacy students. For both Pharmacy and CPS students, however, the total study program consists of 195 ECTS. Further elaboration on this can be found below, as well as an overview of the ECTS to be earned.
The ECTS are earned over (about) two years (starting from your admission to the program at the end of your first year in the bachelor) if you finish your bachelor nominally. Even if you do not finish your bachelor nominally, you are allowed to continue working on HPPS (as long as you are a bachelor student). Keep in mind that potential study delay is expected to be within reason (max. 1 year); if you have abnormally long delays, you may be contacted by the HPPS coordinator to discuss your progress and reasons for delay.
If you have any questions about the requirements for HPPS after reading the information below, feel free to contact the HPPS board (email@example.com) or the HPPS course coordinator.
Keep in mind: 28 hours = 1 ECT
These extracurricular ECTS are earned through the Science Honours Academy (SHA). The SHA maintains a separate points system, which is not directly convertible to ECTS. All honours students from the Faculty of Science are a part of the SHA. You work together during various projects, masterclasses, symposia, excursions and much more! You can find more information on the website of the SHA here, and through the BlackBoard environment for the SHA (not available for prospective students). The course BETA-B2HRI belongs to this part; if you complete this component, you will get 7,5 ECTS through that course.
These extracurricular ECTS are earned through the Honours Programme Pharmaceutical Sciences (HPPS). You can earn these ECTS by spending hours on projects, extracurricular activities and activities organised within the HPPS community. You can find more information on projects here. Extracurricular activities can entail many things (as long as they are at least somewhat related to Pharmacy/CPS), such as symposia from our study association U.P.S.V., a congress (e.g. from EPSA) or even courses followed online, which are offered by platforms such as EdX. If you are unsure whether your activity is eligible to count for your ECTS, contact the HPPS board (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your inquiry. The HPPS board organises Update Meetings, Thematic Events or Social Events; you earn 0,1 ECTS by default for each event you join. The course BETA-B3DHB belongs to this part; if you complete this component, you will get 7,5 ECTS through that course.
Major: honours-level courses, thesis
A part of the honours programme is having 15 ECTS within your curriculum marked as honours-level by writing your bachelor thesis/doing a research project on an honours-level. For CPS students, the mandatory course FA-CPS-380 (research project), is already 30 ECTS by default and is marked as an honours-level course, as all mandatory courses for CPS are. Therefore, this requirement is already met for CPS students and there is no additional effort for this part in order to receive the HPPS certificate.
For Pharmacy students, however, this is not the case. All Pharmacy students normally have the choice between FA-BA380 (‘classic’ literature thesis, 7,5 ECTS) and FA-BA381 (research thesis, 15 ECTS), with a large majority choosing FA-BA380. For Pharmacy honours students, FA-BA381 is mandatory. By completing FA-BA381, a Pharmacy student will have FA-BA381 marked as honours-level and, with this, earns the requirements for having an honours-level thesis. Important to note is that the extra 7,5 ECTS by doing FA-BA381 fill up 7,5 ECTS from the elective space from a Pharmacy student. The Pharmacy honours student following FA-BA381 will therefore have 37,5 ECTS elective space.
Major: honours-level courses
A part of the honours programme is having 15 ECTS within your curriculum marked as honours-level, outside of your thesis. For CPS students, all mandatory courses are marked as honours-level by default. Therefore, this requirement is already met for CPS students and there is no additional effort for this part in order to receive the HPPS certificate.
For Pharmacy students, however, this is not the case. The mandatory courses for Pharmacy have the ‘classic’ division of level 1, level 2 and level 3 courses, not marked as honours-level. To earn the 15 ECTS for this component as a Pharmacy student, you have the following options:
- Course-upgrade: you ‘upgrade’ one of the mandatory Pharmacy courses. In order to go from a level 1 to a H1 (honours-level 1), a level 2 to a H2 (honours-level 2) or a level 3 to a H3 (honours-level 3) course, you must upgrade your chosen course through an additional effort. You can contact the course coordinator of your chosen course and discuss options for a fitting assignment. Examples of such assignments done in the past include: patient interviews, making additional explanatory videos for the other Pharmacy students following that course (in the future), writing an essay in which you expand on a certain concept from the course, making a systematic review and much more. You are free to come up with your own ideas! If you decide to do a course-upgrade, you should notify the HPPS coordinator manager per e-mail and add the e-mail address of the HPPS board (email@example.com) as well as the course coordinator of your chosen course in the cc field, so that your upgrade can be registered.
- Elective space course: you follow a course on honours-level within your elective space. You can follow a CPS course or a Descartes College course, for example. You can check via Osiris which other courses on honours-level are available to join. Note that if you decide to follow the entire Descartes College program (30 ECTS), you are not allowed to count these courses for the HPPS, as you will receive a seperate certificate for the Descartes College program.
Major: mandatory courses + elective space
The ECTS you have to earn in this area are not a part of the HPPS. It represents the ECTS of your mandatory courses as a Pharmacy/CPS student, combined with your available elective space, aside from the honours programme.