In the Education and Examination Regulations or EER (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.


In case of any changes, amendments or inaccuracies in the Regulations, an erratum will be issued.


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 (pdf) are available in English and Dutch.

Students can request the Board of Examiners of the Graduate School of Teaching for individual arrangements by submitting a request, for example a request for exemption or approval of course modules not yet completed. Please read the procedures below before submitting a request.

Each Master’s programme has a standard curriculum which is specified in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of the degree programme. If you want to deviate from your standard curriculum, you will have to ask for approval from the Board of Examiners. Make sure you always include your name and student number in your request.

Approval of course modules

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 (such as Mandatory electives that are not listed in the selection of suitable courses), you must request approval from the Board of Examiners in advance. The motivated request must contain the following:

  • a copy of the official course description(s), including level and description of tests;
  • mention under which part of your examination programme you want to follow the course.

The Board of Examiners will submit the request, if necessary, to the programme coordinator or a content specialist for the degree programme for advice.

Exemption based on 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 for advice. You can then submit your motivated request to the Board of Examiners by e-mail (, including the following annexes:

  • the course coordinator’s advice;
  • 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).

The Board of Examiners will submit the request, if necessary, to the programme coordinator or a content specialist for the degree programme for advice.

Certified documents
With your request or after you have completed the approved course modules (outside of Utrecht University), you must send one or more certified documents in order to prove you have successfully completed the course(s). 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 (a “certified copy”). 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 Student Information Point or can be send to the following address:

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Student Information Point
Attn. GST Board of Examiners
Padualaan 14
3584 CH Utrecht
The Netherlands

Postponement of the graduation date

If you have successfully passed the examination and you are entitled to a diploma, you may request the Board of Examiners to refrain from proceeding and postpone the examination date. This request must be submitted within two weeks after you have been informed of the result of the examinations by the Examinations Office of the Graduate School of Teaching. Please consult the Education and Examination Regulations, art. 6.1 – Examination.

Processing period

The Board of Examiners will give a decision on the request within six weeks from the date the complete request was received.

Study planning

If you like assistance filling out the planning forms, 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.

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 2016 – August 2019)









































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.

The Final GPA was 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 was calculated by firstly averaging your grades, weighted in study points. This weighted average grade was then converted to a Grade Point Average expressed in two decimals according to this table.

Calculating the GPA

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

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.

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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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