Education and Examination Regulations (EER) / Onderwijs- en examenregeling (OER)

In the Education and Examination Regulations (Dutch: Onderwijs - en Examenregeling, or OER) you will find the essentials of the education and examination. The rules in the Education and Examination Regulations are binding.


If changes or inaccuracies occur in the Education and Examination Regulations, an erratum will be published. Please note the errata for 2017-2018.


Regulations of the Board of Examiners

The regulations of the Board of Examiners are established by the Board of Examiners of the Graduate School of Teaching of Utrecht University. The regulations are available in English and Dutch.

Approval and exemption for courses

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: (, 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).

Certified documents
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
Padualaan 14
3584 CH Utrecht
The Netherlands

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.


Study planning

If you like assistance filling out the planningforms, you may contact your tutor.


Research project

  • Application form (to be handed in at the science student desk, BBG 1.84)
  • Assessment form (for students who completed Research Methods 2 AS-SEC430/FI-MSECRM2) (to be handed in at the secretaries in room BBG 3.66/ BBG 3.05)
  • Assessment form (for students who didn't finish Research Methods 2 AS-SEC430/FI-MSECRM2) (to be handed in at the secretaries in room BBG 3.66/ BBG 3.05)

Appendices to be handed in together with your assessment form

As soon as your application form is confirmed you will be registered in Osiris by the science student desk.

For schedules and planning you can use the course planner.

Your UU grades abroad: grading tables
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 









































Grade Point Average substituted by Grading Tables

Until September 1st 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.

The Final GPA is published on the International Diploma Supplement, an addendum to your diploma, for all students who started their Bachelor’s or Master’s programme after September 2007 and who graduated before September 1st 2017. The GPA is calculated by firstly averaging your grades, weighted in study points. This weighted average grade is then converted to a Grade Point Average expressed in two decimals according to this table.

Calculating the GPA

The GPA of Bachelor’s students is calculated slightly differently from that of Master’s students. For Bachelor’s students, results obtained during the first year of their studies are not included in the final GPA.

Fraud and plagiarism

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.

Complaints, objections and appeals

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.

Privacy policy

Utrecht University processes a substantial volume of personal data. In accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act (Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens) the university is responsible for ensuring that personal data is processed properly. Also see the Privacy Statement on the Utrecht University website.

Student Statute

Sets out all the rights and duties of students and the University. Download the 2016-2017 Students' charter (pdf).