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Examinations Board

Examinations Board

Graduate School of Life and Earth Sciences

The Examinations Board is an independent committee of which the members are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty. The Examinations Board is responsible for the quality of examinations and for the issuing of degrees of the Master's programme. The Board assesses requests and complaints concerning the rules and regulations (Education and Examinations Regulations).

Members of the Examinations Board

Biological Sciences    |    Biomedical Sciences    |    Life Sciences 

See below for contact information.

Rules and Regulations

More information about regulations applying to your programme and examinations can be found at:

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations
  • Rules and Guidelines for the Examinations Board 
  • Fraud en Plagiarism

More information about the Fraud and Plagiarism of the UvA can be found below.

Flyer prevent Fraud & Plagiarism      |      Fraud & Plagiarism UvA 

Rules and guidelines for the examinations board

Teaching and examination regulations

Requests - general information

Formal requests must be sent in writing to the Examinations Board. There are specific procedures or forms which can be found under below. Your request has to be accompanied by your name, student number, master's programme and track.

Requests are being processed within a period of eight weeks. Written requests can be submitted to   OR 

Examinations Board <mention your MSc programme>
p/a Education Service Center FNWI
PO Box 94214
1090 GE Amsterdam

There is also a mailbox at the Service Desk ESC.

Requests PEP and Graduation

If the PEP contains courses that are not part of the regular master programme or track, it has to be submitted to the Examinations Board for prior approval. The courses that are part of a programme are listed in table 1-3 and are stated in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER part B) of the master programme.  Information PEP and PEP form 

Before applying for the Master’s Certificate the Examinations Board has to approve at all times the final version of the PEP, being the programme that actually has been completed, the so-called study programme. This study programme has to be submitted to the Examinations Board four months before the application deadline of the MSc Certificate.   Information Graduation 

Request Extension (extra ECTS) or shifting ending date (no extra ECTS) Research Project

The student and supervisor are requested to fill in a time schedule for the research project. If due to unforeseen and unexpected circumstances activities cannot be finished in time, a student should signal this to the assessor and FNWI-appointed examiner. Extension of research projects and shifts of ending dates are only allowed if approved by the Examinations Board, on the basis of a request by student and FNWI appointed examiner. 

In case of extension of the research project with extra ECTS please hand in a written request containing: 

  • a short explanation why the project is being extended
  • the requested new ending date
  • the requested extra amount of ECTS
  • information about the activities to account for this extra workload
  • approval of the FNWI-appointed examiner

In case of shifting the ending date (no extra ECTS required) over one month you can send a request via email to the Examinations Board containing a short explanation why the ending date is being shifted plus the requested new ending date. Please make sure the assessor and FNWI appointed examiner have approved the new ending date before sending your request. Make note of this in the email and send a copy of the email (cc) to the assessor and FNWI appointed examiner .   

Meetings Examinations Board

The Examinations Board meets once a month. In the menu below you can find the request deadlines and expected dates of decision for your master.

  • Biological Sciences
    Request deadlines BS* Expected date of decision BS**
    Monday, 9 September 2019 Wednesday, 2 October 2019
    Monday, 14 October 2019 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
    Monday, 11 November 2019 Wednesday, 4 December 2019
    Monday, 2 December 2019 Friday, 20 December 2019
    Monday, 6 January 2020 Wednesday, 29 January 2020
    Monday, 10 February 2020 Wednesday, 4 March 2020
    Monday, 16 March 2020 Wednesday, 8 April 2020
    Monday, 6 April 2020 Wednesday, 29 April 2020
    Tuesday, 28 April 2020 Wednesday, 20 May 2020
    Monday, 1 June 2020 Wednesday, 24 June 2020
    Monday, 13 July 2020 Wednesday, 5 August 2020
    Monday, 3 August 2020 Wednesday, 2 September 2020
    *only completed requests can be processed ** always take the official response period of eight weeks into account
  • Biomedical Sciences

    Request deadlines BMS*

    Expected date of decision BMS**

    Friday, 6 September 2019 Monday, 30 September 2019
    Friday, 11 October 2019 Monday, 4 November 2019
    Friday, 1 November 2019 Monday, 25 November 2019
    Friday, 29 November 2019 Friday, 20 December 2019
    Friday, 3 January 2020 Monday, 27 January 2020
    Friday, 7 February 2020 Monday, 2 March 2020
    Friday, 28 February 2020 Monday, 23 March 2020
    Friday, 27 March 2020 Monday, 20 April 2020
    Friday, 24 April 2020 Monday, 18 May 2020
    Friday, 29 May 2020 Monday, 22 June 2020
    Friday, 10 July 2020 Monday, 3 August 2020
    Friday, 14 August 2020 Monday, 7 September 2020
    *only completed requests can be processed ** always take the official response period of eight weeks into account
  • Earth Sciences and Life Sciences

    There are no fixed dates for Earth Sciences and Life Sciences. The Examinations Board will take a decision within eight weeks of receiving a written request at the latest (except in the academic holidays).


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You still can't find the information you're looking for? You can contact the Service Desk ESC or the Examinations Board