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Examination Board

Each educational programme has its own examination board. The examination board is responsible to ensure that students meet the final qualifications of the programme and it warrants the standard of courses and their examinations.

The Education and Examination Regulations (EER) that apply to the Master’s degree programme in Research Master Social and Cultural Science can be found here. Any exception to the EER (e.g., with respect to the regular programme) has to be approved by the Examination Board. The Examination Board Regulations Social and Cultural Science (R&R) can be found here.

Students have to ask permission from the Examination Board for their chosen elective courses.

In sum:

  • The examination board is responsible for safeguarding the quality of course examinations and the final examination.
  • The examination board lays down rules for the proper state of affairs during course examinations and the final examination and for any measures that should be effected in this context.
  • The examination board provides examiners with guidelines and directions with respect to the assessment of students who take course examinations and with respect to determining the results of course examinations. The results are determined by examiners in compliance with these regulations.
  • The examination board is authorized, in the event of serious inequities, to deviate from the Education and Examination Regulations in individual cases to the benefit of the student.
  • The examination board assesses the free elective units of study that make up for the free elective room of 24EC of the regular curriculum of our programme.


The regular curriculum of our programme has a free elective room of 24EC.

  • Track 1 Comparative Sociological Research:
    12EC in year 1 and 12EC in year 2
  • Track 2 Comparative Anthropological and Development Studies Research:
    12EC in year 1 and 12EC in year 2
  • Track 3 Comparative Political Research:
    6EC in year 1 and 18EC in year 2

Students may choose elective courses from our own programme or from another programme, as long as they are relevant to the student’s personal or professional development as a social cultural scientist and at Master's level.

The free elective room can be used to specialize in a different theoretical field or method or to broadens one’s interdisciplinary perspective. The free elective room can also be used (in part) for personal and/or professional development.

Our curriculum has three different tracks. Students enroll in one specific track. The specialization courses of the other two tracks can be used to make up part of the free elective room of one’s own track. Our programme furthermore offers three courses as electives:

  • Internship SOW-SCS207 12EC
  • Internship SOW-SCS208 6EC
  • Reflection on MSc SCS Curriculum SOW SCS230 1EC

The course ‘reflection on MSc SCS curriculum’ is only intended for students in their second year who have already obtained 23EC on electives.

If a student has a good motivation for wanting to follow a free elective outside our faculty, university or the Netherlands, there are no principle rules against this.

Performing one or two external internship of 6EC or one external internship of 12EC as part of the free elective room is a possibility. For more information on internships, please contact the programme director. For a list of internships that have been performed by previous students see here (pdf, 103 kB).

To give you some inspiration, please have a look at the following list of courses (pdf, 113 kB) that previous students have followed as elective course. You will see that following a course outside our faculty, university, or country is within reach.

The programme director is more than willing to discuss your ideas with respect to your free elective room. So please do not hesitate to send him an email and make an appointment: Jochem.tolsma@ru.nl.

Students have to apply for approval for elective courses by the examination board. To apply for approval of elective courses please complete the form Elective Courses (docx, 63 kB).

How to reach the examination board

Students can contact the examination board by sending an email message to


Examination Committee members:

  • Prof. dr. A.H.M. van Meijl (chair)
  • Vacant (secretary)
  • Mrs. J. Maas MSc (external member)
  • Mrs. M.J. Wasmus (secretarial support)