"Harde Knip"

Wageningen University applies strict rules with regard to enrolment in our Master Programmes and following Master classes

In Dutch this rule is called: ‘harde knip’, and it implies that students may only start taking master courses upon having completed their Bachelor or pre-master programme!

Wageningen University has to apply this rule as a result of Dutch legislation. Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions .

1. What does ‘harde knip’ mean?

It means that you are only permitted to start a Master course on the condition that you have successfully completed your Bachelor degree and are enrolled as a Master student.

2. Who does this legislation apply to?

This legislation applies to all students who wish to start a Master programme.

3.  Does this legislation also apply to pre-master students?

Yes, you are not permitted to follow Master classes during your pre-master. As a pre-master student you are only permitted to follow the courses that were determined for your pre-master registration. The pre-master needs to be finalised within one academic year. The regular Bachelor tariff needs to be paid if you wish to follow extra courses during your pre-master period (besides the tariff already paid per ECTS for your pre-master courses). Note that these courses are extra and cannot be used for any future master programme.  

4. What does the ‘harde knip’ mean for the planning of my studies.

This legislation means that you need to plan ahead to make sure there is no time delay in your studies. If you have not completed your Bachelor on time you cannot start with your Master courses which can result in missing out on a full period. If you think you might have significant delays make sure you contact your study advisor on time.  

5. How will the ‘harde knip’ affect my studies.

All courses you have registered for in MyPortal and which start before your Bachelor graduation date belong to your BSc programme.

Your bachelor examination date is the date on which your last mark from your individual bachelor programme is booked or the date on which your study programme has been approved by the examination submitted after earlier changes.

It is therefore not possible to include any of these courses in your Master programme or start any courses ahead of the master programme you wish to follow before your Bachelor graduation date. There are some exceptions on course application for master courses please see point 8. 

6. When can I start with my master course?

If you are a WU bachelor graduate you can continue your Master course at Wageningen University right after your bachelor graduation. Although it is in some cases better to start in September (period1). If you are uncertain please contact the study advisor of the Master programme you wish to follow to discuss this matter.  

7. How can I register for a Master programme?

If you wish to continue your studies at Wageningen University you can indicate this on the ‘study after bachelor’ form. When you have obtained 150 ECTS  in your individual Bachelor programme you will receive a link by email. The form ‘Study after the Bachelor’ also serves as a registration form for the Master so please make sure you also hand in a hard copy at the student desk. Submit the form before you obtain your Bachelor degree. The student service centre will process your request and will register you for the Master of your choice as soon as your last mark has been booked and the examination committee has made this official. http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Switch-from-WU-Bsc-to-WU-MSc.htm

Please note that your bachelor degree might not give admission to the master programme of your choice. Make sure you apply on time for admission should this be the case.

See for more information :https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Schedule-Study-Handbook.htm  

8. Can I register for master courses before my bachelor graduation?

It is possible to register for master courses even though you have not graduated officially for your bachelor. But only do so if you are almost certain that your last mark will soon be booked. NOTE; you will need to withdraw your master courses if for some reason your graduation is delayed (for example; you did not pass the last exam). You will need to do this within 2 weeks of starting the master course! If the course is not withdrawn, you will not be able to include it in your master programme in the future.   

9. Is it permitted to follow Master classes if I have not been admitted for the master course?

No, this is not permitted, you are only allowed to follow Master classes once you have graduated for your bachelor and have been admitted and registered for the master course you wish to follow.  

10. Is it possible to cancel a bachelor course as I wish to include it in my master programme at a later stage?

If, after starting a course in the Bachelor, you decide that the course is more suitable to a future Master programme,  you should withdraw  that course within 2 weeks of the start date of the course. Withdrawing from the course needs to be done in MyPortal. You will receive a confirmation email which will also be forwarded to your course coordinator.

It will not be possible to include the course in your master programme if you have failed to withdraw within the two weeks.  

11. Are there any exceptions to the ‘harde knip’ rule?

Unfortunately not.

12. Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact your study advisor if you need more information.