Honours minor Research Skills

This minor will give you the chance to get to grips with research at an advanced level and to develop your research qualities. The focus is on research skills in the field of health care. You will generate knowledge, insights and products that contribute to the resolution of concrete problems and the improvement and innovation of professional practice. After all, paramedics often run into problems that cannot be solved by merely using routine and standard solutions, instead requiring an evidence-based approach.

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The programme includes research methodology, advanced statistics, scientific argumentation and medical ethics. You will also carry out a research project, to which you will apply the lessons learnt during the theoretical courses. As part of the research project, you will write a research design in the first period and a research report in the second period.

Once you have completed the minor, you will find yourself well prepared for your final research project and maybe even for a master's programme. Additionally, your Transcript of records will feature an Honours distinction. 

Start dates

The start dates for the minor are as follows:

  • 1 September 2019 (first semester/in Dutch);

  • 1 February 2020 (second semester/in English).

In other words, the minor will kick off on two separate dates each academic year.
The Dutch-taught variant of the minor will begin on 1 September and the English-taught variant will begin on 1 February.


In principle, all third- and fourth-year students at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen and other universities of applied sciences who have an affinity with applied academic research in health care are eligible for this minor.

The minor allows no more than 24 participants each semester.

Entry requirements and selection procedure

As this minor is part of the Honours programme, several entry requirements and a selection procedure are in place.

Entry requirements

  • You have completed the propaedeutic phase of your degree programme.

  • You have obtained 60 ECTS credits from the main phase of your degree programme before the start of the minor.

The selection procedure consists of three steps:

  1. Write an application letter outlining your motivation and suitability for taking the Honours minor Research Skills. You should also add:

    • your curriculum vitae;

    • a recommendation from your mentor;

    • an attachment demonstrating your affinity with academic research (e.g. the products of relevant courses (poster, fact sheet, etc.) and/or marks for those courses).

  2. The deadline for the first registration round for the Dutch version (semester 1) is at the end of April and for the English version (semester 2) the end of November. Submit your application letter to Ruurd Visser, ru.visser@pl.hanze.nl. Registration after the deadline is possible if the maximum number of participants has not been reached during the first registration round.

  3. Following selection on the basis of the letters, another selection round will be held, where necessary, on the basis of an application interview. The outcome of the selection procedure will be sent to you by mail.

Selection criteria

The selection procedure will be based on the criteria given below:

  • Students demonstrate that they are aware of what the minor entails.

  • Students are able to establish a relevant relationship between this minor and their ambitions for the future (further education/future job).

  • Students demonstrate that they have immersed themselves in scientific research.

  • Students have completed the propaedeutic phase of the degree programme.

  • Students have obtained 60 ECTS credits during the bachelor's phase before the start of the minor.

The minor falls under the responsibility of the MIRT Examination Board.


You will find the timetable on Digi Schedule. All lectures will be held in the Wiebenga.

More information

Are you interested in taking this minor? Great! Submit your application letter to Ruurd Visser and make sure to add the necessary attachments: ru.visser@pl.hanze.nl. Please feel free to send an email if you have any questions.

Student experiences

  • Carrying out research yourself is very motivating.

  • Reading articles suddenly became far more enjoyable!

  • Statistics: useful and interesting!

  • There is a strong connection between the research assignment, statistics and methodology.

  • Ethics and argumentation are surprisingly fun and fit in great with the module.

  • Challenging minor.


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