Each Master’s programme has a standard curriculum which is specified in the Education and Examination Regulations of the degree programme. If you want to deviate from your standard curriculum, you will have to ask for approval from the Examination Board.
Approval of course modules not yet completed
If you want to take course modules that are not part of the standard curriculum during your degree programme and you want to include these modules in the examination programme, then you must request approval in advance from the Examination Board. Annexes:
- copy of the official course description(s), including level and description of tests.
- certified results overview for the relevant course(s). (for courses outside UU).
Exemption on the basis of one (or more) successfully completed course(s)
Modules that you completed prior to starting your degree programme can be used to request exemption for certain parts of your degree programme. To arrange this, you first need to approach the coordinator of the relevant course with a well-founded, written request to recommend you in writing for exemption to the Examination Board. You can then submit your request to the Examination Board by e-mail: (email@example.com), including the following annexes:
- course coordinator’s written recommendation for exemption,
- copy of the official description of the course or courses on the basis of which you are requesting exemption,
- certified results overview for the relevant course(s),
- and a certified copy of the university degree obtained (if applicable).
You must send one or more certified documents with your request. These can be original documents, with the stamp and signature of the institution issuing the document. They can also be copies, but there should then be a stamp and a signature on the copy showing that it corresponds to the original. You can make a certified copy of the original documents for free at the FSS Student Information Point.
Certified documents must be handed in to the desk at the FSS Study Information Point or to the following address:
Address of the Board of Examiners
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Study Information Point
Attn. GST Examination Board
3584 CH Utrecht
Time to decision
The Examination Board will give a decision on the request within six weeks from the date when the complete application was received. Always include your name and student number in your request and on all attachments.