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Compensating results in the bachelor programme


Compensating results: only in the Bachelor


During your Bachelor, it is possible to compensate ONE insufficiently graded course with another course. This is truely a one-time opportunity, which applies to courses with a numerical grade (1...10).

Once the Board of Examiners grants the compensation, you are obviously no longer eligible to take the resit for the course that has been compensated.  In most cases, we advise to wait with requesting a compensation until you know the result of the resit.

The following covid-19 change is now permanent as from 2022-2023: PSY3109 IPN3109 Psychodiagnostics can be compensated.

Please read the Rules and Regulations for the details. Below an excerpt of the formal rules.

•  A grade of 5.0 may be compensated with a grade of 8.0 or higher. In the bachelor’s programme, only one insufficient grade of 5.0 can be compensated.

• A grade of 4.5 or lower cannot be compensated. • Insufficient grades for Skills training, Research Practical, electives (see article 3.7 of the Education and Examination Regulations) and the bachelor’s thesis cannot be compensated or be used as compensation.

• Statistics parts (Methods & Techniques, Statistics I, Statistics II and Statistics III) cannot be compensated, but can be used as compensation.

• A course with an insufficient grade worth 3 ECTS can be compensated with a course of 6 ECTS (but not the other way around). Once a request for compensation has been submitted and granted, it cannot be reversed.

• A course with an insufficient grade can only be compensated when the following requirements are met:
 a. the attendance requirement has been fulfilled,
 b. all practical parts have been passed if applicable, and
c. both courses have at least the same number of credits (courses of 5 or 6 ECTS are considered equal with regard to compensation).
Requirements a and b apply to the compensated course, as well as to the course used to compensate with.


Implications of the new 'pass/fail' -grading for 'Man and Machine' / 'Mens en Machine'

Starting 2018-2019, IPN2026 'Man and Machine' / PSY2026 'Mens en Machine' will be graded with a pass or fail. For this reason, the course now falls outside the compensation regulation.

For resit candidates (2017-2018 or earlier), the grading type depends on the attendance obligation.
• Attendance obligation already fulfilled -> your exam (resit) will still be graded on a ten point scale. Compensation regulation applies.
• Attendance obligation not yet fulfilled -> your course/exam will be graded with a pass/fail.



No compensation in the Masters programmes

There are no compensation options for any of the FPN Master programmes.


Apply for the compensation via the online form.

• Once a compensation request has been entered, it cannot be changed or cancelled.
• When your request is approved, the compensation will be registered within 10 working days.
• The original grades will not change, the insufficient grade will show the addition ‘compensation’, and credits will be awarded. You can check this in your result transcript in My UM.

Last modified: Wed, 09/08/2023 - 09:30

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