Cum Laude/Passing with Distinction

If you have shown exceptional performance in your study programme, the Board of Examiners may award you with the degree classification ‘Cum Laude’ (passed with distinction) or ‘Summa Cum Laude’ (passed with highest distinction) – this will then be stated on your certificate.

Passing with (highest) distinction: Bachelor’s programmes

To students who started with their Bachelor’s programme as of September 2013, the following rules apply:

  • The Bachelor’s exam and Open programme is passed with cum laudeif the candidate has obtained a weighted and not rounded average score of at least 8.0 for all final grades within the Bachelor’s exam (first-year and final exam) on condition that no resit examinations have been taken and none of the grades obtained are a, ‘No Grade’ (NG) or a fail.
  • The Bachelor’s exam and Open programme is passed with summa cum laudeif the candidate has obtained a weighted and not rounded average score of at least 9.0 for all parts of the Bachelor’s exam (first-year and final exam) on condition that no resit examinations have been taken and none of the grades obtained are a ‘No Grade’ (NG) or a fail.

Exemptions: Any credits obtained by granted exemptions are not taken into account in determining whether the exam is passed with honour. The minimum credits required in order to determine whether a Bachelor’s exam is passed with honour are 65.0 ECTS credits.

The following rule regarding Cum Laude applies to students who started with their Bachelor programme before September 2013:

The Bachelor’s exam of free bachelor’s exam is passed with distinction if the candidate has obtained a weighted and not rounded average score of at least 8.0 for all parts of the Bachelor’s exam (first-year and final exam) on condition that no resit exams have been taken and none of the grades obtained is below 7.0, ‘No Grade’ or a Fail.

The possibility of graduating Summa Cum Laude does not exist for students who started with their Bachelor’s programme before 1 September 2013.

Passing with (highest) distinction: Master’s programmes

The following rules apply to students who have started with their Master programme as of September 2013:

  • The Master’s exam and Open programme is passed with cum laudeif the candidate has obtained at least a weighted and no rounded average score of at least 8.0 for all final grades within the Master’s exam on condition that no resit examinations have been taken and no fails or a ‘no grade’ (NG) have been obtained. The minimum requirement for the Master’s thesis is a grade 8.0.
  • The Master’s exam and Open programme is passed with summa cum laudeif the candidate has obtained at least a weighted and no rounded average score of at least 9.0 for all parts of the Master’s exam on condition that no resit examinations have been taken and no fails or a ‘no grade’ (NG) have been obtained. The minimum requirement for the Master’s thesis is a grade 9.0.

Exemptions: Any credits obtained by granted exemptions are not taken into account in determining whether the exam is passed with honour. The minimum credits required in order to determine whether a Master’s exam is passed with honour are 39.0 ECTS credits.

If the student started with the Master programme before September 2013, the following rule regarding Cum Laude applies:

The Master’s exam and Free Master’s exam is passed with distinction if the candidate has obtained at least a weighted and no rounded average score of at least 8.0 for all parts of the Master’s exam on condition that no resit exams have been taken and none of the grades obtained is below 7.0, a ‘no grade’ or a fail.

The possibility of graduating Summa Cum Laude does not exist for students who started with their Master’s programme before 1 September 2013.