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Examinations Board

Social Sciences

Every programme has an Examinations Board, which members are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty. In some cases, several programmes share one Examinations Board (EC).

Among other things, the Examinations Board is responsible for the quality of assessment within the degree programme, the certification of students and decisions on exceptions from the applicable rules for individual students. In the latter case, students must adhere to the procedure described in the section on submitting a request to the Examinations Board.

Submitting a request to the Examinations Board

Among other things, a request to the Examinations Board may entail one of the following topics:

  • dispensation from an entry requirement for a course
  • exemption from a course
  • exception to the assessment regulations or other rules for a course
  • obtaining approval for an alternative to a compulsory course
  • extension of the deadline for submitting a test assignment or thesis
  • provision of special examination facilities
  • dispensation from the criteria for awarding the cum laude distinction
  • complaints about assessment

To submit an official request to the Examinations Board, you must use the online request form, which you can access by clicking on the link below. The decision will be sent to you by email within six weeks.

Before submitting a request, you are advised to discuss it with your study adviser. One option is to complete the form as a test in order to gain an understanding of what information is required (while doing so, you can type 'test' in the various fields).

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc) &

Cultural and Social Anthropology and Medical Anthropology and Sociology

Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning (BSc)

Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (MSc)

Interdisciplinary social science (BSc)

Political Science (BSc and MSc) & Conflict Resolution and Governance (MSc)

Sociology (BSc and MSc)

Research Master's Programmes Social Sciences & Urban Studies & 

International Development Studies & Master's Programme International Development Studies

If you feel that the Examinations Board has taken a wrongful or ill-considered decision, you are entitled to lodge a notice of appeal against the decision with the Examination Appeals Board (CBE) within six weeks. Please read the 'CBE' entry in this A-Z list for more information on this topic, including examples of CBE rulings that show its procedures.

Composition of the Examinations Boards

Processing reports of fraud and plagiarism

Teaching staff have a duty to inform the Examinations Board of any suspected irregularities in assignments submitted by students. This duty also applies to observations of potential irregularities during exams. The Examinations Board has an obligation to investigate such reports by hearing the student (as well as the lecturer/examiner when relevant). If fraud or plagiarism is proven, sanctions may be imposed. Students who find fault with a decision may lodge a notice of appeal against the decision with the CBE within six weeks.

The full procedure for fraud and plagiarism throughout the UvA, including possible sanctions, has been laid down in the Regulations governing Fraud and Plagiarism for UvA Students.

Please read the 'Plagiarism and fraud' entry in this A-Z list for the regulations as well as further details.

Rules and guidelines of the Examinations Board

The Rules and Guidelines of the Examinations Board document contains the duties and the procedural working practices of the Examinations Board relating to the degree programme's assessment and testing provisions. Among other things, this document states a number of grounds on which the Examinations Board assesses student requests (Article 1.3) and the criteria for awarding the cum laude distinction (Article 5.2). Please read the 'Rules and guidelines of the Examinations Board' entry in this A-Z list for more information on this topic.

Contact details

If you have any informal queries, or in case of questions about the request procedure, you can always get in touch with the Examinations Board by email. Transcripts/lists of marks must be sent to this email address as well (if they accompany a request to the Examinations Board, they can also be uploaded).

In principle, the contact person (i.e. the secretary) will respond within a couple of days.

A formal request to the Examinations Board must be made by submitting the designated form.