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Board of Examiners

The Master’s programme has its own Examinations Board, which confers degrees, ,handles notifications of alleged fraud and plagiarism, and requests for approval of irregular study programmes, research projects, exemptions and electives. There is a monthly deadline for requests to the Examinations Board. This deadline is each last weekday of the month. The requests that have been submitted before that date will be collected and presented to the Examinations Board. The Examinations Board will report back to you on their decision before the end of the next month.

  • Members of the Examinations Board
    • dr. René Williams (HIMS, FNWI)
    • dr. Hans Breeuwer (IBED, FNWI)
    • dr. Pernette Verschure (chair, SILS, FNWI)
    • dr. Anneke Koster (HvA, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) 
  • Requests for Specialisation course, Forensic Elective course and Extracurricular course

    The following approvals can be requested by submitting your entire Study Plan through the Study Plan Application. Before requesting your Study Plan approval, please check Canvas for the approval process. If changes are made to one of the components below, the entire program must be approved again. Not all courses have to be completed yet to submit this request.

    • Specialisation course
    • Forensic Elective course
    • Extracurricular courses

    Requests procedure

    You will receive an email notification when a decision has been made by the Examinations Board. You find the decision in the Study Plan Application.

    Once you have submitted a request, don’t not   make adjustments as that can disrupt the decision making process of the Examinations Board. If you wish to cancel your request, please send an email to: educationdesk-iis@uva.nl . After your request has been cancelled, you can submit a new request.

    Specialisation Courses
    Before you are allowed to incorporate specialisation courses in your Master’s programme, you need to submit the courses for approval to the Examinations Board first. A number of specialisation courses have already been pre-approved by the Examinations Board. For the list of those courses, please go to the Pre-approved Course List Forensic Science. The list of previous years can be found on the Canvas page of the master. 

    Forensic Elective Course
    Before you are allowed to incorporate elective courses in your Master’s programme, you will need to submit the courses for approval to the Examinations Board first. A number of elective courses have already been pre-approved by the Examinations Board. For the list of those courses, please go to the Pre-approved Course List Forensic Science. The list of previous years can be found on the Canvas page of the master.

    Extracurricular Courses
    You can indicate extracurricular courses (above and beyond your regular programme of 120 ECTS) on a separate tab. Approval of extracurricular courses is included in the assessment of a complete study plan (120 ECTS). If changes are made to one of these components, the entire programme must be approved again.

  • Exemptions and External courses (from outside the UvA: in the Netherlands or abroad)

    Exemptions

    Students who wish to apply for an exemption may use the Study Plan Application for these requests. In some cases, exemption from a compulsory course is possible if you can sufficiently demonstrate and motivate that you have already achieved the learning objectives of the course by means of a previously completed course, module or study.

    Required when digitally requesting the exemption through the SPA:

    • A certified grade list
    • A PDF of the study guide text that shows the content, number ECTS and level of the course.

    Procedure:

    1. Go to the Study Plan Application
    2. Move your cursor to the arrow behind the box for which you want to request an exemption, and click on ‘Apply for exemption’.
    3. Enter the requested information in the pop-up window
    4. After submitting your request, you will receive a notification from the Examinations Board within 8 weeks.

    After completing the course on the basis of which you requested the exemption, you must submit a certified, hardcopy transcript to the Education Desk IIS (Science Park 904, C3.119) so that the provisional approval can be converted to a definitive approval. Please note: external courses that are approved and processed via the Study Plan Application are only visible on your list of marks and in SIS once your diploma application has been processed. Exemptions will be registered as 'EXEMPTION' on your list of marks. 

    External courses (from outside the UvA: in the Netherlands or abroad)
    External courses are courses that have been followed outside of the UvA, at another Dutch University or abroad. For the inclusion of an external course within the 120 ECTS of the study programme, approval from the Examination Board is always required. The following is required when submitting this request:

    Scan the study guide text (preferably with a link to the online study guide) that shows the course name, content, number of ECTS and level of the course. The course is then assessed and provisionally approved on the basis of this information.

    After completing the course you must hand over a certified copy of your grade list (hardcopy) to the Education Desk IIS (Science Park 904, C3.119) so that the provisional approval can be converted into a definitive one. An external course at another Dutch university will then be registered with the grade obtained. A course from a foreign university is registered as a PASS.

  • Other Requests

    The following requests need to be submitted through Qualtrics

    • Exemption entry requirement Research Project
    • Extra exam opportunity
    • Other Requests
  • Complaints regarding assessments and examinations

    Students should, in the first instance, submit any complaints concerning interim and final examinations to the examiner concerned and/or the programme coordinator. If a resolution is not achieved, students should submit the complaint to the Examinations Board via the digital request form below. When handling complaints, the Examinations Board applies the principle of hearing both sides of the argument: both the student and lecturer will be heard, At least one member of the Examinations Board, in addition to the chair or deputy chair, should be involved in handling complaints. If a student submits a request or complaint to the Examinations Board that concerns an examiner who is a member of the Examinations Board Committee, the examiner concerned may not take part in handling the request or complaint.