News about the transition from bachelor to master

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News about the transition from bachelor to master

Published on
May 19, 2020

Wageningen University offers leniency in the bachelor-before-master rule to students who - due to COVID-19 - 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. If, because of COVID-19 measures in education between March and September 2020, students experience such study delay that they cannot finish the bachelor's programme before 1 September 2020, they can still register for a master 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 s/he will also pay the tuition fee), while the student will simultaneously remain registered at the institution of his/her bachelor's programme. This arrangement may continue until 1 September 2021. 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.

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

  • 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 2019-2020, and who intend to start their master's programme in September 2020.

The following conditions apply:

  • the study delay was caused in the period March-August 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.

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 September 2020 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.

Information about international student exchange in 2020-2021 will follow shortly.