Education & Study


Studying in any of the buildings is not allowed without special permission from the study advisor. More information you can find on the page about access to EEMCS buildings.

Remote studying - how to make it work?

For more information: go to the studentportal.

Thesis projects and thesis defence sessions

Applicable from 31 August 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt across the complete society, including in the EEMCS faculty. We are confronted with a new reality that has great effect on the way in which you can complete your master's programme at the EEMCS faculty.

Much to our regret, the current interpretation of this memorable moment does not correspond to the festive event that you deserve after all your hard work. We therefore understand the disappointment you may be feeling very well. And we, too, are disappointed. In spite of that, we have done our utmost to arrange it as best as possible, given the circumstances.

Guidelines for thesis projects and thesis defence sessions

  • As with other forms of education, thesis project research and guidance are conducted online as much as possible.
  • Until further notice, the thesis defence sessions will only take place online.
  • All already planned thesis defence sessions will be scheduled with the graduation committee via Skype.

If a thesis defence session from home really isn't feasible

We understand that there may be an exceptional situation that makes an online thesis defence session from home impossible. If this should apply to you, we offer the possibility of organizing an online thesis defence session in building 36. As a student, you can then use one of the small meeting rooms. You are expected to bring your own laptop and can sign into Skype, via Eduroam. Only you, as a student, will have access to the building and the requested meeting room. Guests will not have access to the building. The thesis supervisor and/or members of the thesis committee will NOT be physically present. This is to safeguard public health and guarantee equal treatment for all graduates.

A student can be granted access to building 36 for an online thesis defence session if

  •  The student does not have a stable internet connection at home (permission from the thesis supervisor required).
  • There are other restrictions in the student's home as a result of which an online thesis defence session is not possible (permission from the thesis supervisor required).
  • He or she is vulnerable and/or has functional limitations as a result of which it is not possible to defend the thesis online at home (permission from the student counsellor is required).

In order to apply for a meeting room, the following steps must be undertaken

  1. You have to ask permission from your thesis supervisor.
  2. After being granted permission by your thesis supervisor, you can book a meeting room (options: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4) via e-mail at the Service point (
  3. Please put your thesis supervisor in the cc in your e-mail to the Service point.
  4. Only the student gets permission to be present in the building. Guests are not allowed.
  5. A meeting room can only be booked for one part of the day. You can choose between a morning session (9.00-13.00 hours) or an afternoon session (14.00-18.00 hours).
  6. The members of the thesis committee will attend the session online. 
  7. The thesis supervisor and/or members of the thesis committee are NOT allowed to be physically present, to guarantee equal treatment of the graduates.

On the day itself

  • The applicable hygiene measures must be observed.
  • In addition, the following still applies:
    • Stay at home if you or one of your housemates has complaints.
    • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
    • Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow.
    • Use paper handkerchiefs to blow your nose and then throw it away.
    • Don't shake hands.
    • Keep 1.5 meters (2 arm lengths) away from others.
    • Avoid crowds.

Rapid Response Team

The faculty has initiated a Rapid Response team. This team consists of EEMCS employees with specialised skills to deal with crisis situations. The Rapid Response team is on continuous standby in case a quick response is required. After every call, the team will take the time to do a joint evaluation which will give all those involved an opportunity to provide feedback. This will increase the safety of students and employees. The Rapid Response team can be reached via the following email address or (in case of emergency) phone number +31 (0)15 27 89803.