In exceptional cases, permission for an adjusted Master's curriculum can be granted by the Examinations Board. You should always make an appointment with the study adviser well ahead of the start of any alternative courses in order to ask for the required permission and to discuss the effects of this change on your study progress. The Master's programmes of the Graduate School of Communication offer specialization options in the curriculum, which enable you to simultaneously broaden and deepen your knowledge of Communication Science in a major that matches your career plans. However, in order to guarantee the quality of the Master's and sufficient study progress within the designated time frame, there is only a limited amount of options open to adjust the standard study programme. Once the study adviser has reviewed your request, you can use this manual to submit a petition in SIS, in order to have the alternative courses approved by the Examination Board and to have the request processed administratively in your academic plan. There are five different options.
In case a student has obtained the permission of the study adviser to replace two electives for one extra specialisation seminar of a different track, or to replace one or two electives for other courses of the University of Amsterdam that are not provided by the study programme of Communication Science, the student is required to submit a petition in SIS according to the following steps:
NOTE: this instruction is only for courses that are provided by the University of Amsterdam. If you wish to follow courses of another university, follow the steps provided under the heading "Substituting an elective for a course of another university".
In exceptional cases a student is able to replace one or two electives by courses offered by another university.
In order to obtain the required prior permission for this alternative study trajectory, the student is obliged to make an appointment with the study adviser six weeks before the start of the external course to discuss the impact on his or her study progress and the conditions that need to be fulfilled by the student. If the student obtained permission from the study adviser, he or she is required to submit a petition within the same week to the Examinations Board in SIS according to the steps below.
NOTE: Courses of universities outside of the Netherlands will be added to the supplement of the Master certificate, provided a student received the required permission and has met all the conditions set by the study adviser and Examinations Board. However the original grade will not be adopted on the supplement. Instead the student will receive an “AVV”, which means the student has met the requirements of this course. Courses of other Dutch universities, on the other hand, will be added to the supplement with their original grade.
In exceptional cases it is allowed for a student of the Graduate School of Communication Science to replace one specialisation seminar with another specialisation seminar from a different track.
Both the Examinations Board and the study adviser need to provide their permission well before the course registration period has started (for the subsequent semester). In order to obtain approval, the student needs to schedule an appointment with the study adviser. If the latter has granted permission, the student subsequently submits a formal petition to the Examinations Board.
This petition needs to include:
The petition can be filed via the link below.
In exceptional cases it is allowed for a student of the Graduate School of Communication Science to attend extra courses in addition to the standard programme and to have these extracurricular courses recorded on the supplement of the Master certificate.
Both the Examinations Board and the study adviser need to provide their permission well before the extracurricular courses start. In order to obtain approval, the student needs to schedule an appointment with the study adviser. If the latter has granted permission, the student subsequently submits a formal petition in SIS to the Examinations Board according to the steps below.
NOTE: Extracurricular courses will not be included in the GPA of the Master certificate, on which the awarding of the Latin honours title Cum Laude co-depends. Nevertheless these courses will have to be passed for a student to be able to graduate. After all, by the approval of the Examinations Board these extracurricular courses become an integral part of the official academic plan of the student.
Exemption from a mandatory course of the master programme may be granted by the Examinations Board if a student can prove mastery of the required curriculum prior to the start of the mandatory course.
Exemptions will never be granted based on work experience or self-study. Only certificates of a master degree course of another accredited university may qualify as sufficient proof. However, no rights can be derived from previous arrangements. The Examinations Board will decide on a case-to-case base whether a student sufficiently masters the curriculum to be granted dispensation from the mandatory course.
In order to file a request for course exemptions, the student has to schedule an appointment with the study adviser. If the latter approves the request, the student will have to submit a formal petition to the Examinations Board in SIS according to the steps below: