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Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners determines in an impartial and competent manner whether a student possesses the knowledge, understanding and skills required to obtain a degree, as set out in the Course and Examination Regulations (OER).

Duties and responsibilities of the Board of Examiners

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Examiners include at least:

  • awarding degree certificates;
  • the quality assurance of examinations and final examinations and of the organisation of examinations and procedures relating to these;
  • establishing Rules & Regulations concerning the performance of duties and responsibilities that are documented in the OER;
  • handling requests and complaints from students;
  • granting exemption from one or more examinations;
  • granting permission to follow electives;
  • extending the period of validity of results;
  • enforcing sanctions if a student commits fraud or plagiarism.


Board of Examiners Education and Child Studies
Carien Nelissen MA
Instituutsdienst Pedagogische Wetenschappen 
PO Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden



In principle, the Board of Board of Examiners meets once a month

  • 25 January 2021
  • 22 February 2021
  • 29 March 2021
  • 26 April 2021
  • 31 May 2021
  • 28 June 2021
  • 26 July 2021
  • 30 August 2021
  • 27 September 2021
  • 25 October 2021
  • 29 November 2021

Requests will be discussed in the meeting as long as they have been received no later than the Thursday beforehand. You will receive a response from the Board of Examiners as soon as possible after the meeting.

Quality assurance of examinations and final examinations

The External Examiner plays an important role in the quality assurance of examinations and final examinations. More information can be found in this description of the role and responsibilities.

Academic fraud and plagiarism

The Protocol for Reporting a Suspected Case of Fraud details how to report, investigate and assess suspected fraud and plagiarism.This is included as an appendix to the Rules & Regulations.

Requesting an extra resit for a remaining master’s course

Students who have passed all but one of the courses that count towards the Master’s examination can submit a request for an extra opportunity to resit this last course to the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners for Education and Child Studies will only consider requests for an extra resit in the master’s programme in Education and Child Studies if the missing course meets a number of conditions. The course:

  • may not be the Master’s internship;
  • may not be the Master’s project;
  • must comprise two or more constituent examinations, which together count towards a final mark. Students who have been awarded a fail for one of the constituent examinations can request an extra resit of this examination. Students who have been awarded a fail for more than one constituent examinations within a course must retake the whole course.  

If the board grants a student an extra resit opportunity for a last master’s course, this must be taken on 17 August 2020. The Board of Examiners sets a single date for the extra resit and does not make any exceptions.

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