Bachelor-before-master rule

Wageningen University offers leniency in the bachelor-before-master rule to students who - due to the effects of COVID-19 measures on education - encounter problems in the transition from their bachelor to a master's programme at Wageningen. The bachelor-before-master rule states that students have to obtain a full bachelor's degree before they can start a master's programme. However, if students experience such study delay that they cannot finish the bachelor's programme in time because of how COVID-19 measures have affected education after March 2020, they can still register for a master's programme at Wageningen University (under certain conditions).

A double registration will be made possible: the student's primary registration will be for a master's programme at Wageningen University (where they will also pay the tuition fee), while the student will simultaneously remain registered at the institution of their bachelor's programme. This arrangement will continue until 1 September 2023. If on that date the student still has not obtained the bachelor certificate, they will be excluded from master education. Any credits obtained for master subjects will remain valid.

A similar arrangement is available for students who intend to enrol by 1 February 2023, provided the master's programme at hand allows this option. In that case students also have until 1 September 2023 to obtain their bachelor's degree.

The following groups of students can make use of this arrangemennt:

  • master candidates finishing their bachelor at Wageningen University;
  • master candidates finishing their bachelor at a Dutch university or a Dutch university of applied sciences, or an EER-institution for higher education;
  • premaster students who took part in a premaster at Wageningen University in the academic year 2021-2022, and who intend to start their master's programme in the academic year 2022-2023.

The following conditions apply:

  • the study delay was caused in the period after March 2020;
  • the study delay was caused by COVID-19-related measures;
  • the study delay is no more than 30 ECTS;
  • the student draws up a study plan on how to successfully combine both programmes;
  • the study advisor of the master's programme approves the plan;
  • candidates who are not directly admissible to the master (because their bachelor is not related) need a conditional admission from the admission committee.

A student can apply for the Master’s admission without Bachelor’s certificate by filling in the application form and sending it to the contact person of the master programme. A list of contact persons can be found at the end of the application form.

Master candidates from non-EER institutions for higher education who cannot comply with the bachelor-before-master rule are advised to contact the master's programme about the first possible starting date.

Bachelor students who had intended to start a premaster at Wageningen University in the academic year 2022-2023 but are unable to finish their bachelor in time, are advised to contact the master's programme to see what is possible on an individual basis. For example, they might be able to include subsidiary master subjects from Wageningen in their bachelor's programme in order to facilitate the transition from bachelor to master.