Board of Examiners master's regulations as of 1st September 2019

Previous years:
Board of examiners master's regulations as of 1st September 2018
Board of examiners master's regulations as of 1st September 2017

(disclaimer, this is an unauthorized translation of the original Dutch version,  in case of ambiguity of any kind, the Dutch version is considered to be the  correct version)


You should have been informed by now about the form of assessment and how and when to sit the assessment. To create more clarity, we have established (in consultation with the Exam Board, the Faculty Council and the Programme Councils) a set of rules about assessment online/at a distance, because this way of assessing is new to us all.

Rules about assessment online/at a distance

Possibilities for taking a resit test in case you missed an exam or taking an additional or substitute test please read the Rules and Regulations that apply to you. In case of demonstrable force majeure situations which prevent you from participating in the written exam you need to unsubscribe yourself prior to the test, using the following web form:

Cancel an exam

If this was not possible, the student is required to report it as soon as possible after the force majeure situation arose to the Student Information Desk Law, where you indicate why you didn't unsubscribe yourself before.

Notice: Is the form due to a technical fault online ? Please send an email to

A resit/substitute test can be provided for only one test per course. If the force majeure is more than incidental, you cannot cancel an exam at the Student Information Desk Law. Please contact the student advisor.


When partaking in a substitute exam, students no longer have the right to do a resit! Furthermore, it is not possible to do another resit/substitute exam due to a force majeure or any other reason. There is only one opportunity for a resit or substitute exam.

It is possible to include results accredited by a different institution in your Master’s programme at Utrecht University. However, the following conditions need to be met:

  • No partial exemptions are granted.
  • When making a request for an exemption , only courses with a course load of at least 6 EC are eligible.
  • When allowed to include a result of another university’s (Master’s) programmes, a student must pass another graduate Law course in order to meet the 60 EC-criterion (for 1-year programmes) or the 120 EC-criterion (for 2-year programmes).
  • In general, students cannot take courses at another institution that are also offered by our own faculty. Exception is made for courses passed prior to starting the Master’s programme at Utrecht University.
  • In order to graduate, students are allowed to include courses to a maximum of 30 EC outside of their Master’s programme (e.g. with a sister faculty or via the International Office).

If you would like to request an exemption, please send an email to Your email should contain the title of the course you would like an exemption for and of the course that is the basis for your request, as well as a weblink to the course description of the latter and if applicable the degree programme. If this course was taken at another university, please note that you are required to hand in an authorized transcript of records (hardcopy via Student Information Desk Law)

All official rules regarding exemptions can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations (OER).


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