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1 FACULTY OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND EXAMINATION REGULATIONS Part A Master s Programmes Academic Year September 1 st, 2010 Preamble These Education and Examination Regulations (in Dutch: Onderwijs- en Examenregeling -OER), hereinafter referred to as the OER or the Regulations, include all rules and regulations, prescribed under the Higher Education Act [Wet Hoger Onderwijs], hereinafter referred to as WHW, in respect of the education and examinations of the Master s programmes at the Faculty of Science, hereinafter referred to as FNWI, and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, namely: Artificial Intelligence Life Sciences Astronomy and Astrophysics Logic Biological Sciences Mathematics and Science Education Biomedical Sciences Mathematical Physics Chemistry Mathematics Brain and Cognitive Sciences (research) Physics Earth Sciences Software Engineering Forensic Science Stochastics and Financial Mathematics Grid Computing System and Network Engineering Information Studies The Master s programmes jointly provided by the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are taken into account in this OER, in the sense that the OERs of the study programmes in question are harmonised as much as possible. This document consists of two parts, namely Part A and Part B. The general provisions, which apply to all Master s programmes provided, are included in Part A.. Part B deals with specific aspects of each study programme, such as aims, exit qualifications, organisation and content of the study programme and additional regulations (if applicable). 1

2 Part A General Provisions Chapter 1 Scope and definitions 3 Article 1 Applicability of the Regulations 3 Article 2 Definitions 3 Article 3 Full-time/part-time 4 Article 4 The examinations of the study programme 4 Chapter 2 Structure of the Study Programme 5 Article 5 Study load of the study programme 5 Article 6 Organisation of the curriculum 5 Article 7 Language of instruction 5 Chapter 3 Admission to the Study Programme 5 Article 8 Previous education requirements 5 Chapter 4 The Examinations 5 Article 9 Provisions in respect of admission to the examinations 5 Article 10 Registration and cancellation of registration for courses and examinations 6 Article 11 Frequency of the examinations 6 Article 12 Subject matter for the examination 7 Article 13 Types of examinations 7 Article 14 Oral examinations 7 Article 15 Practical training 7 Article 16 Functionally challenged students 8 Article 17 Exemptions 8 Article 18 Order during the examinations 8 Article 19 Fraud and Plagiarism 9 Chapter 5 Time Limits and Assessment of Components 10 Article 20 Determination and notification of examination results 10 Article 21 Term of validity 10 Article 22 Right of inspection and feedback 10 Article 23 The assessment of components 11 Article 24 Components passed elsewhere 11 Chapter 6 The Final Examinations 12 Article 25 Dates and frequency of final examinations 12 Article 26 Results of the final examinations 12 Article 27 Cum Laude Rules 13 Article 28 Approval of final examination programmes 13 Article 29 Double Master s Programme 14 Chapter 7 Quality 14 Article 31 Quality plan 14 Chapter 8 Students Study Progress and Study Guidance and Advice 15 Article 32 Study guidance 15 Article 33 Registration 15 Chapter 9 Final Provisions 15 Article 34 Right of appeal 15 Article 35 Deviation from the Regulations 15 Article 36 Amendments 15 Article 37 Final provisions 15 2

3 Part B Study Programme X Chapter 1 Objectives and Exit Qualifications of the Study Programme Chapter 2 Admission Requirements Chapter 3 Organisation of the Curriculum Chapter 4 Description of the Content and Study Load of the Components (Chapter 5 Additional regulations) Chapter 1 Scope and definitions Article 1 Applicability of the Regulations These Regulations apply to the education and examinations of each of the Master s programmes at the Faculty of Science and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of the Amsterdam, hereinafter referred to as the study programme. Article 2 Definitions Blackboard Component Course catalogue Credit Course Education Service Centre Examination Examination Board Examiner Final Examination Final grade Final research project Digital Learning Environment of the UvA The unit of study of the study programme with a final assessment (Section 7.3 WHW). The course catalogue is published by the Master Schools and contains information on the content of the programmes, regulations and facilities. The course catalogue will be published in hard copy or via the internet. The credits awarded in the European Union in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The study load of an academic year is 60 credits. Education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings Department of the Faculty, responsible for the student s administration. An assessment of the knowledge, insight and the skills of the student in respect of a component and the final assessment of this test. The assessment will be expressed as a final mark. An examination may consist of separate parts that can be taken by means of one or more interim examinations. A resit will cover the same subject matter as the examination. The Board that is responsible for the final examinations and for the coordination and organisation of the examinations (Section 7.12 WHW). The lecturer who is responsible for the component. A student passes the final examination when he has a sufficient grade for all components of the programme. The Examination Board determines the result of the final examination. The student who successfully passes the examination receives the degree Master of Science. His/her certificate states the relevant degree. The total grade for a component. This grade will also be entered into the student administration. A component that consists of conducting a research assignment in the student s field of study, which results in a written and one or more oral reports. 3

4 Follow-on Master s programme [Doorstroommaster] Personal circumstances Portfolio Practical training Programme Committee Project Resit Seminar Student Team of lecturers Thesis WHW Website A Master s programme which follows on directly from the Bachelor s programme and which a student can join without any further admission requirements. See Appendix 1 for an overview of the Bachelor s programmes and the accompanying follow-on Master s programmes. Illness, pregnancy, functional disorder, special/grave family circumstances, and faculty related students representative activities. A collection of documents in respect of the student s achievements, which are relevant to obtaining the degree of the student s chosen study programme. A teaching method whereby practical skills are practised and of which the assessment is part of the final mark. Practical training comprises: laboratory skills, computer skills and field work writing a report or literature thesis performing a research project or internship participating in another educational learning activity, that is focused on attaining certain skills. The committee referred to in Section 9.17 WHW. A teaching method, whereby students, individually or in a group, present a result in answer to a specific (research) question. Take an examination again after failing the last time Teaching session which is aimed at practising theoretical skills. A person enrolled at the University of Amsterdam in order to take courses and/or the (final) examinations of the study programme. The team of lecturers, which is responsible for the development and implementation of the entire study programme or a component thereof. A component that consists of literature research and/or a contribution to scientific research, resulting in all cases in a written report thereon. The Higher Education and Research Act [in Dutch: De Wet op het Hoger Onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek]. Website of the programme at The other concepts are defined as specified in the WHW. Article 3 Full-time/part-time The Master s Programmes are provided on a full-time basis. The availability of a part-time variant, in addition to the full-time variant, is indicated for each study programme in Part B. Article 4 The examinations of the study programme Students must finish the study programme by taking the final examination of the Master s programme and if successful, they will be awarded the Master of Science degree. 4

5 Chapter 2 Structure of the Study Programme Article 5 Study load of the study programme The study load of the Master s Programmes is stated in Part B. Article 6 Organisation of the curriculum 1. The study programme comprises the components with the study load stated opposite, as described in the appendix (Part B), which forms part of these Regulations. 2. In the follow-on Master s programmes with a study load of 120 EC, students may choose from three specialisation variants: the research variant (R variant), the social (S variant) and the communication and education variant (CE variant). 3. The S variant and CE variant programmes are comprised of a 60 EC taken from the Master s programme and another 60 EC covering the sugjects of the variant.. 4. Students have to go through a separate intake procedure for admission to the S ans the CE variant. In the case of the CE variant, students must have followed the study programme of the of the disciplinary Master s programme. Article 7 Language of instruction 1. The language of instruction is English, unless otherwise stated in Part B. 2. The S and CE variants are mainly conducted in the Dutch language. If the study programme is conducted in another language, this language has to be English only. Chapter 3 Admission to the Study Programme Article 8 Previous education requirements Part B indicates for each study programme which Bachelor s degree entitles the applicant to admission to the Master s programme. The admission requirements, which have to be met if the applicant does not have the relevant Bachelor s degree, are also indicated in Part B. The following admission requirements apply with respect to proficiency in the English language: knowledge of the English language at Pre-University Education [VWO] level or minimum score in the TOEFL test Internet-based test (ibt): 90 or Computer-based test (CBT): 235 or Paper-based test (PBT): 580 or Minimum score in the IELTS test of 6.5 or Cambridge Examination Score with a minimum test result of CAE A or B+ or CPE B. Chapter 4 The Examinations Article 9 Provisions in respect of admission to the (final) examinations 1. The final examination of the Master s programme or the examination of a component may not be taken if the previous education requirements, as stated in Chapter 3, are not met. 2. Should a student expect an unreasonable study delay because of this regulation, he/she may put a request for approval to start with components of the Master s programme to the Examination Board of the relevant discipline. The proper procedure is published on the website 5

6 3. The Examination Board may set requirements for the order in which examinations are taken. These requirements are stated in the course catalogue. 4. In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, the student may participate in examinations/teaching sessions only if the additional admission requirements of a component have been met (see the description in the course catalogue). Article 10 Registration and cancellation of registration for courses and examinations 1. In order to be admitted to a teaching session of a component of a Master s programme, the student must register (and cancel) for this component on time and in the manner indicated by the Education Service Centre 2. Notifications concerning the manner of registration and the time limits for registration will be published on the website. 3. The components, which must have been completed beforehand, will be stated in the course catalogue for each component for which this is required. 4. If a student does not meet the requirements as stated in paragraph 3, the student will not be admitted to the teaching session. Components, of which the result has not been notified within the time limit stipulated in article 20, may not be required as prerequisite knowledge. 5. If a student has registered for a component and has admission to that component, he/she will also be registered for the examination immediately at the end of the teaching session and for the first resit of that component. 6. Additional regulations for registration for teaching sessions and exams will be published in part B. These regulations will also be published on the website. 7. If a student has not registered in the prescribed manner, no result will be entered in the student s name in the records and no credits will be awarded for the curriculum component in question 8. If a student does not sit an exam whilst not having cancelled his/her registration, this will be entered in the student s name in the records as not participated, represented by the mark 0 (zero). Article 11 Frequency of the examinations 1. Students will have the opportunity twice a year to take written examinations in the components stated in part B. 2. The first opportunity to take (written) (interim) examinations is at the end of the teaching period in which the examination component concerned is concluded. The dates for these examinations are notified prior to the start of the component. 3. Contrary to the provisions of paragraph 1, the assessment of a practical component only takes place at the end of the teaching period of the component. 4. An examiner appointed by the Examination Board may hold non-written types of examinations at all times on condition that there is a reasonable interval, to be determined, between these times. 5. The opportunity for the written resit of the examination component will be provided as soon as possible after the first opportunity, as a rule within 14 weeks thereafter and in the period immediately prior to the new academic year at the latest. 6. The date of the written resit will be notified not later than 10 weeks in advance. 7. In special cases the Examination Board may permit a variation to the times set forth in paragraph 2 at the request of the student. 8. Contrary to the provisions of paragraph 1, students will be given at least one opportunity per year to take the examination in a component that has been provided in the preceding academic year but is not provided in the current academic year and will not be provided again.. 6

7 9. If a student, after having participated in one of the two examination opportunities, has failed to pass, the student must arrange with the examiner to resit the examination. The examiner will determine under which conditions and in which way the examination will be taken the next time. The student must initiate this contact in order to make arrangements with the examiner in good time. 10. Contrary to the provisions of paragraph 9, a student cannot arrange a resit with the examiner if the second resit opportunity has been scheduled. 11. The first two examination opportunities, as formulated in paragraphs 9 to 10 inclusive, are understood to mean the first examination opportunity and the second, being the first scheduled resit. Article 12 Subject matter for the examination 1. The sources, from which the examination has been compiled will be announced in the course catalogue. 2. Books to be used in a component will be listed in the course catalogue at least two months before the start of the component. 3. At the start of the component the exact topics covered by the examination will be notified via the website, as stated in the course description in the course catalogue, and/or via Blackboard. 4. The examination questions are confined solely to topics covered in the sources and the examination as notified in advance. 5. The questions of an examination are clear and unambiguous, and are formulated in such a way that the students can understand how comprehensive and detailed the answers must be. The topics of the questions should be a reflection of the course content and equally spread over the examination. Article 13 Types of examinations 1. The language of the examinations is the language in which the teaching was conducted. 2. At the start of the component clear information on the way in which the examination is to be held will be given for each component, and includes: a) the type of examination, or each interim examination; b) the way in which any interim examinations contribute to the final assessment; c) the way in which any written assignment papers, practical assignments and oral presentations contribute to the final assessment; d) varying types of examinations in the event of a second or later examination opportunity. 3. At the student s request the Examination Board and/or the examiner may permit an examination to be taken in a manner other than aforementioned. 4. In special cases, at the request of the examiner in question and with the consent of the students in question, an examination may be held in a manner other than aforementioned. Article 14 Oral examinations 1. The examiner, in consultation with the student, may replace a written examination with an oral examination. 2. An oral examination will not be taken by more than one person at a time, unless the examiner and each of the students agree that the examination will be taken by more than one person. 3. The examiner or the student may request the presence of an independent observer at the examination. Article 15 Practical training 1. The examiner will determine whether a subject in the course part of the Master s programme will consist of partial or complete performance of practical training and this will be established and notified at least 10 weeks before the start of the component. The assignments for this 7

8 2. During the practical training of laboratory skills, computer skills, or during field work, the student must follow the instructions given by the supervisor. 3. Students may be admitted to the examination of a number of components, to be determined by the Examiner, only if the accompanying practical training has been assessed as a pass. Students will be notified before the start of the teaching period. 4. An examination, which comprises both a theoretical and a practical training part, must have been successfully passed in both parts in order to be deemed to have been successfully passed. 5. In special cases and if indicated by the student at least one week before the end of the period the Examination Board (in consultation with the Examiner) may extend the period for rounding off the practical training referred to in paragraphs 1 or 2 or grant exemption from the provisions of paragraphs 1 or 2. Article 16 Functionally challenged students 1. Functionally challenged students can submit a written request to qualify for accommodations in their education and/or during their examinations. These accommodations are attuned as rigorously as possible to their individual functional challenge, but may not change the subject s quality or degree of difficulty. If necessary, the Examination Board will obtain expert advice before deciding on the type of examination to be conducted. 2. A recent confirmation by a doctor or a psychologist or, if there is question of dyslexia, by a registered testing agency the Dutch Health Care Practitioners (BIG), the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP) or the Dutch Association of Educationalists (NVO) must accompany the request mentioned in section 1. Where possible, this confirmation must include an estimate of the degree to which the student s challenge impedes his/her study progress. 3. The Examination Board makes the decision about accommodations affecting educational facilities. Article 17 Exemptions 1. The Examination Board (in consultation with the Examiner) may grant exemption from a component of the study programme, if the student has successfully completed in another study programme one or more components which in terms of content, study load and basic academic competencies are equivalent to the component for which exemption is granted, subject to the provisions of Article 28 (3). Exemption may also be granted if the student can submit evidence of professional experience in the field of study in question. 2. Exemptions from examinations (or parts thereof), if granted, will be valid for the same period as that of examinations. 3. The student may also apply to the Examination Board for exemption from participation in practical exercises. This exemption may be granted, inter alia, on the grounds of conscientious objections. The Examination Board will determine the additional requirements which the student must meet. 4. The student should apply for exemption at least six weeks before the start of the component. Article 18 Order during the examinations 1. The examiner is in charge of maintaining order during the examination. The examiner will arrange for supervision of the proper conduct of an examination. 8

9 2. The student must follow instructions of the Examination Board and/or the examiner and/or the invigilator, which are notified before the start of the examination via the website of the course and Blackboard, and instructions given during or immediately after the examination. 3. At the request of the examiner (or his/her representative), the student must identify himself/herself by means of an enrolment card or valid identity papers. a. In the case of a written examination, students will be admitted to the examination up to maximum of 30 minutes after the official time of the start of the examination. b. In the case of a written examination, the students may not leave the room in which the examination is being held for the first 30 minutes of the examination. c. In the case of a written examination, the students may not leave the room in which the examination is being held for the last 15 minutes of the examination. 4. The duration of the examination is such that the students have sufficient time, measured in terms of reasonable standards, to answer the questions. A written (interim) examination has a maximum duration of 3 hours. 5. The student must take the examination without any help or assistance whatsoever, unless otherwise determined by the examiner. 6. During the examination the student is also not allowed to use course materials other than those permitted by the examiner. 7. During the examination it is also not allowed to make use of digital gadgets such as cell phones, laptops etc., unless the student has explicitly been granted permission by the examiner. But, the use of a (graphing) calculator is permitted, unless the lecturer decides otherwise. 8. During examinations cell phones must be switched off. 9. The examiner may exclude a student, who does not comply with the provisions of paragraphs 2 to 7 inclusive (save for paragraph 4), from further participation in the examination concerned and no result will be determined for this examination. 10. In case a student has not enrolled for a component an examiner may expel him from the examination room 11. The student may keep the questions and assignments after the examination. If the answers are to be written on the examination form, the examiner should publish the problem set on Blackboard or on the website of the component. Article 19 Fraud and Plagiarism 1. The regulations regarding fraud and plagiarism are recorded in the Regulations governing fraud and plagiarism for UvA students. These rules can be found at the website under Regulations. 2. The following terms supplement the regulations: a. The sanctions described in the Regulations governing fraud and plagiarism for UvA students are the maximum sanctions. The Examination Board is free to implement less severe sanctions. b. It is permitted to submit texts that have been submitted before for other course assignments, or other comparable texts (Article3.f from the Regulations governing fraud and plagiarism for UvA students), as long as these texts are provided with correct references. c. The student will be permitted to complete an exam even if the exam administrator suspects or observes fraud during the exam. d. The Examination Board only has to be involved in the case of continuous misquotations. 9

10 Chapter 5 Time Limits and Assessment of Components Article 20 Determination and notification of examination results 1. After an oral examination, the examiner will immediately determine the examination result and provide the student with a relevant examination sheet. 2. The examiner will determine the result of a written examination component within 15 working days after the day of the examination, unless a different time limit is stated in Part B. The examiner will immediately notify the result in writing to the Education Service Centre. 3. The final grade of a master thesis or literature thesis must be determined within 20 working days after handing in the thesis. 4. The Education Service Centre is responsible for notifying the student of the result not later than five working days after the examiner has handed in the result to the Education Service Centre. 5. The student must have been notified of the result of an examination at least 15 working days before the next (resit of the) examination in the relevant subject. 6. In conflicting situations, paragraph 5 takes precedence 7. If a student participates several times in the same examination of a component, the highest result counts. 8. During a research project or internship, the student can ask for an interim assessment by the supervisor(s) once. This assessment includes a recommendation on the student's progress and performance. No credits are allocated to this interim assessment. From the interim assessment a written proof should be given to the student. 9. If the terms described in paragraphs 2, 3 and 5 are exceeded, the student can appeal to the Examination Board. Article 21 Term of validity 1. Components of the Master s examination, which have been successfully passed, will be valid for four years in the case of the two-year Master s programmes and for three years in the case of the one-year Master s programmes. 2. Partial marks will remain valid up to one year after the start of the component, unless a different time limit is indicated in Part B. 3. In special cases the Examination Board may, at the student s request, once extend the term of validity of one or more successfully passed components or may decide about an additional or replacement examination. Article 22 Right of inspection and feedback 1. Upon request the student may inspect the assessed work during a period of 22 working days (or 45 working days in the case of examinations taken in the months June and July) after publication of the results. 2. During the period referred to in paragraph one, students may inspect the questions and assignments of the examination and the assessment criteria. 3. The manner of assessment will provide sufficient insight as to enable the examination candidate to check and verify the way in which the result of the examination component has been determined. 4. The student will within the period referred to in par 1 and upon request be provided with a copy of the assessed work. 5. Inspection of the examination takes place at the Education Service Centre or at the lecturer s office. 10

11 6. The examiner is obliged to keep the assessed work and the assessment criteria until 31 August of the academic year following the academic year in which the examination component has been taken. 7. The examiner must give the student the opportunity to compare his/her work to the answers proposed by the examiner. Article 23 The assessment of components 1. The result of the examination of a component will be expressed in whole or half marks from 1 to 10. For courses of the Faculty of Science the mark 5.5 will not be given as a final mark of a component. 2. In case the examination of a component consists of two or more parts each graded separately, the weighted mean of these grades must be rounded of using the following table. from (inclusive) to (exclusive) Final grade 0,01 1,25 1 1,25 1,75 1,5 1,75 2,25 2,0 2,25 2,75 2,5 2,75 3,25 3,0 3,25 3,75 3,5 3,75 4,25 4,0 4,25 4,75 4,5 4,75 5,5 5,0* 5,5 6,25 6,0 6,25 6,75 6,5 6,75 7,25 7,0 7,25 7,75 7,5 7,75 8,25 8,0 8,25 8,75 8,5 8,75 9,25 9,0 9,25 9,75 9,5 9,75 10,0 (incl.) 10 *: For all courses at the UvA the Final Grade of 5,5 is considered as a pass. Therefore the expected rules for rounding of do not apply. 3. An examination component is deemed to have been successfully taken if it has been awarded the mark 6 or higher. 4. For every student enrolled for a course a result will be registered, including insufficient marks and no show (0 zero). 5. Contrary to the provisions of paragraph 1, an examination component may be concluded with the designation pass. These components are further specified in Part B. Article 24 Components passed elsewhere The Examination Board may permit beforehand to the replacement of a study programme component with an examination which is equivalent in terms of content and study load and has been taken within the framework of an exchange or cooperation with another university. 11

12 Chapter 6 Final Examinations Article 25 Dates and frequency of final examinations 1. Students will be given the opportunity twelve times a year to take the final examination. The corresponding dates for granting the degree are: 31 August 2010 (final date of examination of the academic year ) 30 September October November December January February March April May June July August Students can only apply for the certificate after they have completed all components. 3. The examination date on the certificate is the first date after the date on which the student has applied for the certificate, being one of the dates from the list above. The graduation ceremony may be held at a later date than the date of the examination. The certificate can be collected at the Education Service Centre. 4. An exception to Par. 2 the student will receive a certificates, dated 31 August 2010, when the following criteria are met: a) the student has applied for the certificate before 1 st October 2010 b) the student has completed the last component of the examination on 31 August at the latest. 4. The student will only apply for a certificate when all obligations have been fulfilled, including the payment of the registration fee. 5. The dates of the final examinations and the graduation ceremonies, including the application procedure, will be notified by the Education Service Centre and are stated on the website. Article 26 Results of the final examinations 1. The Examination Board will determine the result of the final examination after the student has submitted documentary evidence of the components passed. The student is deemed to have passed if all components of the study programme have been passed. 2. Contrary to the provisions of the preceding paragraph, the Examination Board may test the student s knowledge in one or more components of the study programme before establishing the result of the final examination if and insofar as the results of the components in question give cause to do so. 3. The student who has successfully passed the final examination will be awarded the Master of Science degree. 4. The degree awarded will be noted on the certificate. An appendix to the certificate, signed by the Chairperson of the Examination Board and stating the components of the final examination, the study load and the assessment, will be issued. 5. The degree certificate will be awarded at a public graduation ceremony. 12

13 Article 27 Cum Laude Rules 1. If the student has shown exceptional competence in the final examination, the Examination Board may decide to award the designation cum laude on the degree certificate. 2. There is said to be exceptional competence in a final examination when the student has complied with all of the following conditions: a. The marks of all components may not be less than 7.0. b. The (weighted) average for the course components must be at least 8.0. c. The (weighted average of the) research project and master thesis must be at least The Examination Board may decide not to grant the designation cum laude if the student has made use of more than one examination opportunity for two or more examination components or has not finished the Master s programme within three years in the case of a full-time study programme or within five years in the case of a part-time study programme. 4. In the determination of the weighted average, each mark for a component is given a weighting factor, which is proportional to the study load expressed in credits of the component in question. 5. Final examination components, which have been assessed as a pass, will not be taken into account in the calculation of the weighted average. Final examination components, for which an exemption has been granted, will not be taken into account unless the Examination Board decides otherwise. A cum laude designation will not be stated on the certificate if the programme consists of more than 1/3 exemptions. 6. These Cum Laude Rules replace all previous Cum Laude Rules. Students, who believe that they are entitled to rely on expectations given to them under the regulations of the Education and Examination Regulations of previous academic years, may submit a request, stating reasons, to the Examination Board in order to be as yet awarded the designation cum laude. Article 28 Approval of final examination programmes 1. The examination programme must satisfy the requirements of the study programmes described in the Examination and Education Regulations to a maximum of 6 years ago. 2. The examination programme should be submitted to the relevant Examination Board for approval in a timely fashion. The approval request terms for the subject combination are listed in the course catalogue. 3. At most 60 EC of the examination programme (30 EC for the one-year programmes) can consist of exemptions. 4. The consent of the Examination Board will be required for elective courses chosen, which are not on the list of elective course provided. The same applies for exemptions and other variations to the study programme. 5. Final examination components accredited to the Bachelor s degree do not count for the final examination of the Master s programme. 6. The student has the option of compiling his/her own programme from the components provided by an institution. If at least one half of this compilation consists of components of the study programme in question, this programme can be considered a flexible study programme. The student must submit this programme, including supporting arguments, for approval to the Examination Board in question. 7. An examination candidate, who has not followed a standard programme, must submit, in consultation with the coordinator of the Master s programme, the study programme for approval to the Examination Board in question before he/she can apply for the final examination. The time limits for submission of the application for approval of the study programme are stated in the course catalogue. 13

14 Article 29 Double Master s Programme (two year programmes) In order to be awarded two Master s degrees, or to have stated on the Master s Certificate that two Master s programmes have been completed within the discipline, the following requirements must be met. 1. The total Master s programme of the candidate should amount to at least 180 EC. 2. The candidate s work for the Master s programme (lectures, research work etc.), is of such a standard that all compulsory requirements of each of the two programmes have been met. 3. The candidate has conducted separate research work for both Master s degrees. This may consist of two separate research projects with supervisors from both degree courses. In the case of an integrated research project this must be supervised by two staff members, appointed from the two study programmes or tracks. Both staff members must assess the work as a pass. 4. The Examination Boards of both study programmes must approve the student s double master s programme before the student commences on the second Master programme. Article 30 Free elective space 1. Students may only choose as elective subjects in a Master s programme subjects at the level of Master s programmes. 2. Elective subject may not overlap too much, in terms of content, with the subjects from the student s own curriculum, to be decided by the Examination Board. 3. An elective subject may count for the package of subjects only with the approval of the Examination Board. 4. The Examination Board may determine at the request of the student that a subject from the Bachelor s programme will count for the free elective space. The Examination Board will determine the amount of credits for which the subject will count. Chapter 7 Quality Article 31 Quality plan 1. The study programme has a quality plan for education. 2. The study programme has an evaluation plan. The Programme Committee evaluates the quality of the education on the basis of this evaluation plan. 3. The documents mentioned in paragraph 1 and 2 are published on the website 4. In the case of the joint study programmes of the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam, the evaluation is carried out in a jointly arranged manner and is assessed by the joint Programme Committees. The joint study programmes have the same evaluation plan. 5. The Examination Board is responsible for the supervision of the academic level of the study programme, including the level and quality of all final components and the monitoring of the level of the incoming and graduating students. 14

15 Chapter 8 Students Study Progress and Study Guidance and Advice Article 32 Study guidance Students, who are enrolled for the study programme, can contact the academic counsellor of the study programme for study guidance and advice. Article 33 Registration The Education Service Centre is responsible for the registration of the student s study programme results. The student has access at all times via Studieweb to a list of the results obtained by him/her in relation to the education and examination programme of the study programme. The student may request a legally valid printout of this overview at the Education Service Centre. Chapter 9 Final Provisions Article 34 Right of appeal An appeal may be lodged against decisions of the Examination Board or examiners with the Examination Appeals Board within 4 weeks after publication of the results (Section 7.61 WHW). Article 35 Deviation from the Regulations In special cases the Examination Committee can permit deviations from these regulations to advantage the student. Article 36 Amendments 1. Amendments may be made to these Regulations only after the advice of the Programme Committees and the Examination Boards, the advice and/or approval of the Faculty Student Council and the advice of the Faculty Works Council have been obtained. 2. Amendments applicable to the current academic year may not be made, unless the interests of students are not thereby prejudiced. 3. Amendments to these Regulations or regulations stated in the course catalogue or on the website will be published on the website, students will be notified via . Article 37 Final provisions 1. These Regulations were laid down by the Dean on September 17 th, 2010, after having obtained the approval and advice of the Faculty Student Council, the Works Council, the Programme Committees, and the Examination Boards. 2. The Regulations will become effective on 1 September 2010 and replace all former Regulations. 3. The Regulations will be published via the website and can be obtained from the Education Service Centre. 4. In situations that are not covered by these Regulations, the Examination Board will decide. 15

16 Appendix 1: Overview of the Bachelor s Programmes and Master s Programmes Additional admission requirements may be set and a letter of admission is required for all nonfollow-on Master s programmes. Bachelor s Programme CROHO Follow-on Master s Programme CROHO Aardwetenschappen Earth Sciences Betagamma Depending on the Major Bio-exact Life Sciences Biologie Biological Sciences Biomedische Wetenschappen Biomedical Sciences Informatica Grid Computing Informatiekunde Information Studies Kunstmatige Intelligentie Artificial Intelligence Natuur- en Sterrenkunde Physics Astronomy and Astrophysics Psychobiologie Biomedical Sciences Scheikunde Chemistry Wiskunde Mathematics ) Programme also offered in part time. 16

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