Research project/internships

Within all Master's programmes one or more research projects are mandatory. In many cases, a research project may be carried out outside of the university, in the form of an internship at a company, research institute, or another university. This can be in the Netherlands as well as abroad (see also: ‘study abroad’). Read all about the research project procedure on the Research projects page.

The GSNS has a general statute concerning its Education and Examinations Regulations (OER). The most recent version of these regulations can be found below. Specific regulations for each of the Master's programmes of the GSNS are listed in the Annex (available in English only).

The OER version 2021-2022 applies to current students.

OER 2021-2022:

Requests to the Board of Examiners

On several occasions throughout your studies, you may need permissions from the Board of Examiners. All requests are to be submitted through Osiris Student. In Osiris Student, you will select 'MyCases', 'Start Case' and then choose the approprate request type. The following types of requests are available:

  1. Exemptions (EER art 5.13)
  2. Approval of not UU taught courses (EER art 3.7)
  3. Approval of (elective) courses/study programme (EER art. 3.6.9)
  4. Approval of a profile
  5. Approval of a TWIN programme (EER art. 3.8, 5.13)
  6. Delay of graduation date (EER art. 6.1)
  7. Delay of research or thesis project (EER, appendix)
  8. Extra testing provision (EER art. 5.8)
  9. Other requests

Tasks and responsibilities

The Board of Examiners of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GSNS) is mandated by law to uphold the quality of tests and exams within the School. The Board of Examiners has eight members; a chair, six scientific staff members who each represent a cluster of Master's programmes (and chair an executive panel if so indicated) and one non-Faculty member. The Board of Examiners is supported in its work by a Secretary. The legal responsibilities of the Board of Examiners include organisation and coordination of examinations, granting exemptions and approval of final achievements for individual Master's programmes, and handing out MSc-diplomas and supplements at graduation ceremonies.

Official documents

The GSNS has a general statute concerning its 'Rules and Regulations' (also available in Dutch) , in which all matters concerning the appointment and organisation of the Board of Examiners, and also its responsibilities concerning (final) examinations and the degree programme are laid down.

Members of the Board 2020/2021

  • Dr. E.R. (Elwin) Savelsbergh - Chair
  • Dr. S. (Silja) Renooij - Member, Artificial Intelligence
  • Prof. dr. ir. G.J.M. (Guus) Velders - Member, Physics
  • Dr. G. (Guido) Bacciagaluppi - Member, History and Philosophy of Science
  • Prof. dr. mr. H. (Henry) Prakken - Member, Information Science and Computer Science
  • Dr. M. (Marc-Etienne) Moret - Member, Chemical Sciences
  • Prof. dr. E.P (Erik) van den Ban - Member, Mathematical Sciences
  • Dr. M. (Michael) Behrisch - Member, Applied Data Science
  • Dr. J.A. (Jan Andries) Post - Non-Faculty Member
  • R. (Ruben) Rosen Jacobson MSc - Secretary

CONTACT

The secretary of the board can be contacted through: science.boardofexaminers.gsns@uu.nl.

Grading Tables

Your UU-grades abroad

To help foreign universities to interpret the value of our grades, UU publishes Grading Tables:

  • a table for Bachelor’s courses and
  • a table for Master’s courses.

The Grading Tables provide statistical distributions of grades awarded at Utrecht University. They show which percentage of all passing grades that were awarded in the three most recent academic years were (rounded-off) a 6.0, a 6.5, a 7.5, etc. The tables will be published on the International Diploma Supplement of all students who graduate after September 1st 2017.

In addition to the Grading Tables, UU also publishes a weighted average grade on the ten point scale on your International Diploma Supplement.

What do Grading Tables not show?

Grading Tables do not show whether you belong to the 10% (or any other percentage) of your class. The tables do not contain information about the average either, nor are they just about your fellow students.

The most recent Grading Tables (September 2017 – August 2020)

Grade

Percentage

6.0

18,54%

6.5

17,53%

7.0

20,55%

7.5

18,75%

8.0

13,80%

8.5

6,96%

9.0

2,84%

9.5

0,79%

10.0

0,24%

Grade

Percentage

6.0

8,94%

6.5

10,47%

7.0

18,24%

7.5

22,26%

8.0

21,91%

8.5

11,71%

9.0

5,07%

9.5

1,07%

10.0

0,33%

Grade Point Average substituted by Grading Tables

Until 1 September 2017, Utrecht University published a Grade Point Average (GPA) to provide help institutions abroad to interpret UU-grades. Many Anglo-Saxon universities use this four point scale to express their weighted average grade. The GPA always needs clarification. The standards according to which the GPA is calculated differ between (international) universities.

Utrecht University considers any form of academic dishonesty to be a very serious offense. Utrecht University expects each student to be familiar with and to observe the norms and values that ensure academic integrity.The most serious forms of deception that can impair this integrity are fraud and plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of fraud and is defined as the wrongful appropriation of another author’s work without proper citation. See the further elaboration on what may be considered fraud or plagiarism.

If the university discovers a case of fraud or plagiarism, then the study programme’s Board of Examiners may implement sanctions on the offender. The most serious sanction that the Board of Examiners may implement is the submission of a request for expulsion to the Executive Board.

If you feel you have not been treated properly by someone employed by Utrecht University, or if you disagree with a decision that affects you personally, you can respond in a number of ways. You can submit a complaint, an objection or an appeal.

For the full details about the various procedures and which procedure is applicable for your situation, visit Complaints, objections and appeals.

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