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- Study programme frameworks
- Eduacation programma of the study
- Study progress
- Binding Study Advice
- Assessments and examinations
- Qualifications and grading
- Quality assurance and the evaluation of teaching

Study programme frameworks

Many frameworks for the study programmes at Radboud University are set out in the WHW. The Executive Board has also established rules which the study programmes have to comply with. Several matters that concern study programmes are determined by the dean, through the Education and Examination Regulations, for instance.

What study load is involved in my study programme?

Study programmes’ study loads are determined by the Executive Board. This study load is also always documented in the study programme's Education and Examination Regulations for review. The Education and Examination Regulations list the study load in terms of the number of ECs (European Credits or study credits). A Bachelor’s programme represents 180 ECs. Master’s programmes represent 60, 120 or 180 ECs.

How is my study programme’s curriculum structured?

Your study programme curriculum is determined by the dean of your faculty. The Education and Examination Regulations for the relevant year are set out for each of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. The curriculum is available in the Education and Examination Regulations for your study  programme.

What components are mandatory in all Radboud University programmes?

Radboud University’s Management and Administration Regulations stipulate that each Bachelor’s programme must consist of no less than 6 ECs worth of courses of a philosophical nature and have a free elective space representing 6 ECs. In addition to the mandatory components, the Education and  Examination Regulations governing Master’s programmes make it at any rate mandatory for every student to write an academic thesis. The Education and Examination Regulations may stipulate that the obligation to write an academic thesis may be replaced with participation in a research project or an internship, coupled with the production of an academic report on it.

In what language are the classes for my study programme and the exams conducted?

The language of the study programme is determined by the Executive Board. This is referred to as the language of instruction. The official language of instruction is mentioned in your study programme’s  Education and Examination Regulations. The Education and Examination Regulations also mention what language the education is given in for each course and in what language the exams are conducted.

Can I compose my range of subjects myself?

Students can apply to the relevant Examining Board to do a study programme based on a range of subjects that they have composed themselves. The Education and Examination Regulations contain more information about following a study programme with a self-composed range of subjects.

Education programme of the study

A study programme consists of ‘educational units’ or courses. As in the case of the entire study programme, a number of frameworks apply in relation to a study programme's courses. The study load of a course (and of a study programme) is expressed in ECs (European Credits). One EC represents 28 hours of study.

What is the study load of the different courses in my study programme?

Your programme’s Education and Examination Regulations contain an overview of the courses belonging to the study programme and the study load of the individual courses. You can find the range of subjects and study load per course in your study programme’s study guide.

What is Radboud University’s academic calendar?

Every year the university draws up an annual calendar, which lists, amongst other things, the periods during which classes are held and/or exams may be conducted. You may find the current annual calendar on Radboud University’s website.

Where can I find the education timetable and exam timetable for my study programme?

The study programme's education timetable is determined by the dean of your faculty. This is set out in your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations . The education timetable for your study programme can also be found in the study guide.

How do I register for courses and exams in my study programme?

You can read how to register as a student for courses and study programme exams in your programme’s Education and Examination Regulations or in the study guide.

What are the conditions for being allowed to participate in a course exam?

Study programmes may stipulate conditions for being able to sit exams for courses. Those conditions are set out in your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations.

What are the scheduled lecture times at Radboud  University?

The lecture times are:

  • 8.30 am - 10.15 am;
  • 10.30 am - 12.15 pm;
  • break;
  • 1.30 pm - 3.15 pm;
  • 3.30 pm - 5.15 pm;
  • 5.30 pm - 7.15 pm.

Study progress

Radboud University has a duty to record students’ study progress.

Where can I find an overview of my study progress?

Students can consult their study progress and the grades they have obtained in Osiris

Binding Study Advice

Every student receives a study recommendation at the end of the first year of their Bachelor’s programme. If a student fails to obtain the requisite number of ECs, the university may decide to terminate their enrolment in their Bachelor’s programme (negative Binding Study Advice). You will then not be allowed to enrol for the relevant study programme (and related study programmes) at Radboud University for a period of three years.

What number of ECs do I need to obtain for my study programme in order to receive positive study advice?

The study progress standard (the number of study credits you need to have obtained for positive study advice) is set by the Executive Board in the Binding Study Advice Guidelines and is between 39 and 45 EC. Your study programme's Education and Examination Regulations contain the requirements relevant to your study programme.

When do I get study advice?

At the end of the first semester, you receive provisional advice; you then still have time to improve your exam results if necessary. You will receive your final advice no later than 31 August of the applicable academic year.

What happens if I do not make the necessary study progress?

If you do not make the necessary study progress, your registration in your study programme may be terminated; this is called (negative) Binding Study Advice. If this happens, you will be unable to register again for this study programme at Radboud University for three years. This occasionally also applies to related study programmes. The Binding Study Advice Guidelines describe the procedure for issuing (binding) study advice and your rights and obligations. These Binding Study Advice Guidelines are included as an appendix in your study programme's Education and Examination Regulations.

Are personal circumstances taken into account in the study advice?

The study advice committee takes certain personal circumstances into account. You can read more about this in the Binding Study Advice Guidelines. If there are circumstances that are impeding your study progress, report them to your student advisor or a student counsellor as soon as possible

Assesment and examination

Within the study programme, courses (educational units) are concluded with an exam. The study programme itself may only be completed when the relevant student satisfies the conditions for the final examinations of that programme.

Where can I read more about the assessment methods used in my study programme?

The Education and Examination Regulations contain more information about the assessment of each Bachelor’s and Master’s programme.

What internal regulations apply in examination venues?

Radboud University has drawn up a number of rules to ensure the smooth running of examinations and to prevent fraud. You may find these regulations at https://www.ru.nl/currentstudents/during-your-studies/regulations/exam-regulations/.

What is the required grading period for checking (or correcting) exams?

You can find more information about what period the exams will be marked/corrected in your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations.

How long does an exam remain valid for once passed?

If there are any restrictions on the period of validity of a successfully passed exam, they are laid down in your programme’s Education and Examination Regulations. However, this is only permitted where the insights or skills which are assessed in the exam can be shown to be obsolete.

Can I inspect my exam papers?

You have the right to inspect your exams. You can read how the exam inspections are regulated in your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations.

Can I retake an exam I failed?

Your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations provide for whether and under which conditions a student may retake an exam (resit).

What is a final examination?

Certain study programmes have a final examination, such as an oral defence of a thesis. Your programme’s Education and Examination Regulations state whether this is the case for your study programme and what the final examination entails.

Qualifications and grading

Once a student passes the examination for a study programme, they may obtain a qualification (a certificate) and the university will confer an academic degree on the student.

Which degree and/or title is associated with the examination for my study programme?

A completed Bachelor’s programme confers entitlement to the degree, BSc, BA or LLB, depending on the study programme that has been completed.

A completed Master’s programme confers entitlement to the degree, MSc, MA or LLM. In the case of a completed Master’s programme, you may also use the Dutch title of ‘drs.’ or ‘mr.’ (depending on the study programme completed). The intent is that you choose between acknowledging a degree in your written name such as described in Article 7.10a of the WHW or carrying a title as described in Article 7.20 of the WHW.

Awarding of degrees

What distinctions can be associated with the examination for my study programme?

The following distinctions may be attached to the examination of a study programme: cum laude or summa cum laude. The prerequisites for these distinctions are the same across study programmes and set out in the distinction guidelines. These guidelines are attached as an appendix to your study programme’s Education and Examination Regulations.

I have completed my Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. How can I request my certificate?

You can obtain information about the procedure for applying for a certificate (diploma) at the Student Information Desk, the Education Service Desk, or the Educational Service Point in your own faculty.

How can I apply for a list of grades certified by the university?

You may apply for a list of grades certified by the university from the Education Service Desk, the Educational Service Point or the Student Information Desk in your own faculty.

Quality assurance and teaching evaluation

Every study programme within Radboud University has a so-called ‘quality assurance cycle’. This means, among other things, that the study programme systematically evaluates the education and adjusts it if necessary.

How is education evaluated in my study programme?

Most faculties include a description of the evaluation of their teaching on the faculty website or the faculty intranet page on RadboudNet (which is also accessible to students).

What role do students play in the evaluation of teaching?

Students play a role by completing course evaluations or participation in student panels (if any are available). Students may also become members of programme committees.

What is the role of a study programme committee in quality assurance and evaluating teaching?

The Structure Regulations state that the Programme Committee provides advice on the Education and Examination Regulations, assesses how the study programme’s Teaching and Examination Regulations are implemented, and may issue advice on anything related to education within the study programme. This is done by various means, such as through course evaluations.

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