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Update: you can still start your master’s, even with a study delay

29 May 2020

Leiden University recently announced that a mitigation of the ‘bachelor’s before master’s’ (‘harde knip’) ruling will apply for the progression from bachelor’s to master’s programmes in 2020-2021. At your faculty, two variants of what is known as the ‘zachte knip’ have been chosen: one month respite or one year respite. The variant that applies for each master’s programme depends on the admission criteria and selection procedure for the programme. This news item on this topic was published on the website on 15 May.

1 month or 1 year respite

These measures apply for BA students at Dutch universities and for EEA students.

This measure applies to the following master's programmes/ tracks: One month to still complete the bachelor’s. Students have to submit assignments and a final paper by Monday 28 September 2020 at the latest.

  • ResMA African Studies
  • ResMA Arts and Culture
  • ResMA Asian Studies
  • MA Asian Studies (120 EC)
  • ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • MA Europaeum Programme European History and Civilisation (track of the MA History) 
  • MA European Politics and Society
  • ResMA History
  • MA International Relations
  • ResMA Latin American Studies
  • ResMA Linguistics
  • ResMA Literary Studies
  • ResMA Middle Eastern Studies

This measure applies to the following master's programmes/ tracks: One year to complete the bachelor’s, by 31 August 2021 at the latest. Additional requirement: if the BA final paper is part of the 15 ECs of BA subjects that have not yet been obtained, the final paper must be completed before the student starts to write the MA thesis. This condition will be included in the Teaching and Examination Regulations.

  • MA African Studies
  • MA Arts and Culture
  • MA Asian Studies (60 EC)
  • MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • MA History (excl. Europaeum Programme)
  • MA Latin American Studies
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Literary Studies
  • MA Media Studies, incl. Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Neerlandistiek
  • MA North America Studies
  • MA Philosophy (60 and 120 EC)
  • MA Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • MA Theology and Religious Studies

The measures for mitigating the “bachelor’s before master’s” rule also apply to pre-master’s students: they may start their master’s while still having 15 ECs of pending bachelor’s subjects. If the BA final paper is part of the pre-master’s, this assignment must be completed in the current academic year. In other words, the final paper for pre-master’s students does not form part of the 15-EC extension measure.

Programme Boards working on BA programmes

The boards of the BA programmes are currently discussing the consequences of these measures with teachers and coordinators of studies, based on the principles indicated. This also applies to minor programmes. Each programme will then inform its BA3 students what this means for their programme.

Study advice: try to complete your bachelor’s on time

This measure gives you some leeway, but bear in mind that combining a master’s programme with components from your bachelor’s programme can be extremely demanding. Our advice is therefore to complete your bachelor’s programme on time if this is at all possible.

You will hear more about this from your programme. Make sure you keep a close watch on your email and other information channels.

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