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Faculty and study programme regulations

At faculty and study programme level there are various regulations in place to ensure that everything runs as it should. For example, there are thesis and faculty regulations, as well as rules and guidelines on assessments, exams, degree classifications and plagiarism.

As a student, the most important regulations you will come across in terms of your education are your study programme's ‘Course and Examination Regulations’ (known as OER in Dutch).  

Exam procedure

The rules set out in this procedure apply to the exams for all study programmes at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. There are 2 'sorts' of exams:

  • Regular exams.
  • Exams with special provisions for students with a disability.

Faculty Examination Procedure

Faculty regulations

The faculty regulation document contains (behavioural) rules of conduct to be used for persons who work and study at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Faculty regulations

Social conduct education and research

Social conduct stemming from the university's Strategic Plan and FSW's Vision and Strategy Plan.

Social conduct

Each year the Faculty Board establishes the Course and Examination Regulations (OER). In these regulations, the scope and structure of the education are defined. The OER contain information on the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Psychology concerning:

  • Admission
  • Examinations
  • Educational programs
  • Graduation criteria

[to be translated: De bepalingen van de examencommissie ten aanzien van het afronden van cursussen en het afnemen van tentamens staan in de Nadere Regels en Richtlijnen (NRR).]

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted the Turnitin system from January 1, 2006 to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Consult chapter 6 in the additional rules and regulations (NRR) that form part of your course and examination regulations.

Weighting of two assessment tasks

The weighting of two assessment tasks in propaedeutic course units in propaedeuse courses is as follows*): The grade per course comprises two constituent grades: the first assessment component (the written examination), which counts for 70%, and the second assessment component (which may comprise multiple sub-components), which counts for 30%. 

The weighting of two assessment tasks in compulsory second-year courses and specialisation courses**): The grade per course comprises two constituent grades: the first assessment component (the written examination) and the second assessment component (which may comprise multiple sub-components). The weighting of the constituent grades varies per course and is indicated per course in the prospectus. In electives: The grade per course consists of one single grade. 

*) With the exception of the course ‘Academic Skills Tutorial’ (AST) 
**) With the exception of the courses ‘Perspective on Career Planning’ (POCP) and ‘Interpersonal Professional Skills’ (IPS) 


To calculate the final grade, uSis uses the two constituent grades (x% written examination; 100-x% second assessment component), both rounded to one decimal place. The final grade will be rounded to whole and half numbers, unless this would result in a final grade of 5.5. The current rule for a final grade between 5 and 6 remains in force: a calculated final grade of 5.5 or higher will be rounded up to 6.0. 

Compensation of grades for units of assessment

Students can compensate for a (slight) fail in one assessment component with a higher grade in another assessment component. The Board of Examiners of the Institute of Psychology has determined that a constituent grade that is no lower than 5.0 can be compensated by a grade for another assessment component. 


Resits are not permitted if the final grade is 5.5 or higher*. The other rules relating to resits are as follows: 
- A resit must always be taken if the grade for an assessment component is lower than 5.0. 
- A resit may not be taken if the grade for an assessment component is 5.5 or higher. 
- A resit may be taken if the grade for an assessment component is equal to or greater than 5.0 but lower than 5.5, if: 
• the final grade (with the weighted average of x%/100-x%) is not equal to or greater than 5.5, OR 
• if the grade for the other assessment component has not been published at the time at which the student must register to resit the assessment component. 

The highest grade applies after a resit: if the resit results in a lower grade than the first grade for this assessment component, this first grade will remain in place in uSis. 

One examination and one resit will be offered per academic year. The opportunity to resit the second assessment component must be stated clearly in the course description in the prospectus. This will also be offered once per academic year: either during or after the block, i.e. in the resit period for the block concerned (therefore not both!).

*In the OER Article 4.1.8 it is stated that during a bachelor’s programme, students may resit one examination that they passed, without prejudice to the power of the Board of Examiners to deviate from this stipulation in exceptional cases and at the student’s request. This only applies if the resit takes place in the same academic year as the original examination. In the event of such a one-time resit, the highest result obtained applies.


Students who attend less than 75% of the compulsory work group sessions, regardless of the reason for absence*), will not be offered the opportunity to catch up or compensate during the current course. They must follow the whole series of work group sessions again the next time the course is offered. Higher attendance requirements apply for the AST, IPS and POCP courses; these are specified per course in the prospectus. *) In the event of structural personal circumstances, students must contact the study advisor and not the lecturer. 

Compulsory assessment components 

The constituent grade for the second assessment component is determined on the basis of the assessment of all compulsory assessment components (assignments, tests, presentations, participation in debates, etc.) that are stated in the course description in the prospectus and that are completed within the duration of the course. Absence from the work group sessions does not absolve students from the requirement to complete the aforementioned assessment components. 

Grade calculation 

Students whose attendance has been unsatisfactory will receive a constituent grade of 1 for the second assessment component, regardless of the grade given for the compulsory assessment components. Due to a transitional arrangement, exceptions may apply to the attendance requirements relating to work group sessions in some courses. These exceptions will be published in the prospectus.

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