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In short

The UM MarBLe excellence programme offers talented and motivated third-year Bachelor students the opportunity to conduct their own research within a Research-Based Learning (MaRBLe) project.

Second year students with the best results (top 20% graded, about 40 to 60 students af FPN)  will be invited to join. Any remaining spots will then be available for application by students who were not initially invited.




During a research project, you are introduced to theoretical aspects of conducting research within your field or discipline and you conduct your own research. The skills you develop within this project are useful for either a career in scientific research or research positions in business. Most students use their research project as the topic for their empirical bachelor's thesis.

The study load is as follows:

  • MaRBLe research project (12 ECTS) in periods 1, 2 and 3.
  • Own selection of elective courses for in total 12 ECTS total, in periods 1, 2 and 3..  Often students take2 courses of 6 ECTS each.

In the information sessions, coordinator Arie van der Lugt will explain MarBLe in detail.  The FPN MaRBLe facebooksite  also gives an idea of the projects,  and there are alsoMaRBLe pages on the UM website.

Application steps

In the first selection round, the second year Bachelor students with the best results (top 20% = between 40 and 60 students af FPN) will be invited to participate. The second round is open to all other second year Bachelor students. A motivation letter and a recommendation letter from your research practicum supervisor are needed to take part in this round.


If you think you should have been invited

There might be situations where you inadvertently did not receive an invitation, for instance:
- You have submitted an assignment that has not been assesed.
- You have an exemption for one or more courses

If this is the case, you can send a correction request to marble-fpn@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Timeline procedure MaRBLe

Timeline procedure MaRBLe 2024-2025
 Early May 2024
   Selection top 20% of students (invitation via mail) 
May 2024

Registration 1st round

Early June 2024   Registration 2nd round 
Mid June 2024   Selection 2nd round
 End June 2024
   Complete list of candidates 
early Sept 2024   Choice of theme & supervisor
Early Oct 2024   Submit ERCPN proposal 
End of Oct 2024 -    Research project 
End of Jan 2025     
Jan - April 2025
   Selection top 20% of students (invitation via mail) 
May 2024

Write-up empirical bachelor thesis

July 2025   Final presentations 

FAQ and Contact

See 'Curriculum > Bachelor Electives > FAQ and Contact'

Last modified: Tue, 19/03/2024 - 15:37

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