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Examinations Board - Political Science

Examinations Board - Political Science

BSc in Political Science

The faculty dean appoints an Examinations Board for each degree programme. The Examinations Board is responsible for ensuring that the examinations are conducted effectively and issues instructions regarding the organisation and coordination of the exams. These instructions can be found in the document entitled 'Rules and Guidelines for the Examinations Board'.

Duties of the Examinations Board

The Examinations Board performs three important duties on behalf of students: assessing alternative course components, ruling on cases of fraud and plagiarism and handling complaints concerning lecturers, education and assessments.

All deviations from the regular study programme will require the approval of the Examinations Board. Make sure to submit any requests on time, as the processing and assessment of requests to the Examinations Board can take up to six weeks. If your request is submitted late, you may encounter problems in terms of your study planning, study programme or even graduation. Examples of relevant issues include exemptions from examination components, optional subjects as part of the Bachelor's programme, additional subjects on the diploma supplement, adjustments to programme components such as deadlines or additional examination opportunities, extension of the validity period of marks and partial marks, an individual thesis instead of a final project, the awarding of credits for a work placement or credits obtained abroad and admission to the Bachelor's Honours programme. Complaints and objections may also be submitted to the Examinations Board.

Rules and Guidelines for the Examinations Board

The 'Rules and Guidelines for the Examinations Board' contain the duties and the procedural work practice of the Examinations Board relating to tests and examinations held by the degree programme. Read more about the rules and guidelines for the Examinations Board here.

Step-by-step plan for applications

  1. Rules Before submitting your request, please make sure to read the relevant rules and guidelines. For example, you may want to consult the Teaching and Examination Regulations, graduation handbook, Education Rules and Guidelines, admission requirements for the Honours programme, etc. Discuss any complicated matters with your study adviser first.
  2. Student request web form: All requests to the Examinations Board must be submitted using the Qualtrics web form (see the contact details section below for the link). You can also upload a letter or additional documents with the web form. 
  3. Evidence. Do not submit a request unless you meet the relevant requirements. You must be able to provide a well-substantiated reason for requesting the adjustment of any programme components. In the event of force majeure, the Examinations Board will require that you provide documentation. Complaints must also be substantiated with sound documentation. You do not have to upload any sensitive documents, as these may be submitted to one of the study advisers instead. When in doubt, please contact your study adviser. 
  4. Responses and objections. You will generally receive the Examinations Board's decision via e-mail within a period of six weeks. You may lodge appeals against Examinations Board rulings. If you are considering doing so, request a paper version of the ruling from the Examinations Board. The answer provided via e-mail is legally valid and will be archived as such by the Examinations Board in the student dossier.

Members of the Political Science Examinations Board

Never address or approach these lecturers in their capacity as members of the Examinations Board. Student requests may be submitted using the web form. All other correspondence with the Examinations Board should be conducted via examencommissie-pol@uva.nl. 
Questions may also be submitted to the official secretary of the Examinations Board, although specific, substantive inquiries generally cannot be handled through this channel.

The Political Science Examinations Board comprises the following members:

  • Dr Sarah de Lange (Chair for Bachelor's programmes, Vice-Chair for Master's programmes);
  • Dr Imke Harbers (Chair for Master's programmes, Vice-Chair for Bachelor's programmes);
  • Dr Chunglin Kwa;
  • Dr Julia Bader;
  • Dr Eelke Heemskerk;
  • External member: Prof. Monique Leyenaar;

Official secretary:

  • Marijn Schaaf

Contact details

For processing and archiving purposes, all requests to the Examinations Board must be submitted using the web form. See the link below. 

Documents (transcripts and certificates) can be sent to: Political Science Examinations Board, PO Box 15725, 1001 NE Amsterdam.

Request form Examinations Board

Anti-plagiarism measures

The CSW and GSSS Colleges use Ephorus anti-plagiarism software. Students are required to upload their final project to Canvas in the form of an Ephorus Assignment. Ephorus will then compare the document to documents from various large databases, including the Ephorus database. A report on this comparison and any similarities will then become visible to the lecturer on Canvas. The lecturer may decide to have the Examinations Board carry out further investigations on the basis of this report.

More information on fraud, plagiarism and sources

Overview of Examinations Boards

For an overview of all examinations boards within the University of Amsterdam, see the link below:

UvA Examinations Boards