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Rules for obtaining the epithets Cum laude and Summa cum laude

The Board of Examiners of the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience may decide to grant the epithet (Summa) Cum Laude (= with distinction) to a MSc diploma. The following criteria are applicable in this decision. When special personal circumstances apply (for example study delay due to unfortunate personal circumstances), when the student shows exceptional performance in other ways, or for any other valid reason, The Board of Examiners is free to deviate from these criteria for reaching their decisions.

The Board of Examiners for Nanoscience has adopted the following regulation:

When determining if a student receives the (Summa) Cum Laude distinction (judicium) the Board of Examiners is mainly guided by the weighted average grade (G). G is determined by averaging the marks of all the course units within the examination programme, bearing in mind the study load of each examination part.

The following rules apply: Cum Laude can be awarded if G is above 8.0 and no individual mark is less than 7.0. Summa Cum Laude can be awarded if G is above 9.0 and no individual mark is less than 8.0.

In addition:

The distinction Cum Laude (Summa Cum Laude) can be awarded only if

a) the weighted average of the marks for all Nanoscience core modules and electives is above 8.0 (for Cum Laude) or above 9.0 (for Summa Cum Laude).

b) all partial exams of the Nanoscience core modules have been passed with a grade 7.0 (for Cum Laude) or 8.0 (for Summa Cum Laude) or higher on the first occasion that the partial exam was offered.

c) for all of the courses that request individual projects, the deadlines have been met.

d) no (partial) exams have been taken more than once.

e) all parts have been completed within the nominal programme duration of two years.

In cases where the above criteria are nearly met, the Board of Examiners may deviate from these requirements by taking also other matters into consideration.

For example: a. in the case of Cum Laude (Summa Cum Laude): a mark lower than 7 (8) could be compensated by other indicators of excellence b. the results achieved for modules that do not form part of the examination programme of the student on the basis of the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OER)

These rules are approved by the board of examiners of Nanoscience in August 2019 and are documented in the Rules and Regulations by the Boards of Examiners, see: https://myuniversity.rug.nl/infonet/medewerkers/fse/reglementen/regels-en-richtlijnen-van-de-examencommissies

Please note that these rules are stricter than the rules applied for most other programmes within the RUG.

Last modified:10 January 2020 4.07 p.m.