Composition thesis committee

Three months before the planned thesis defence, the student, together with the responsible professor (thesis advisor) compiles a definite thesis committee and sends the corresponding form in for approval to the Board of Examiners.

From November 1 2020 onwards the rules regarding the composition of the thesis committee have been changed slightly: instead of three core members, the committee only needs two core members (three is still an option). For more detailed information see the thesis committee form and the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Examiners. You can find the form here.

The necessary forms for graduation have to be handed in in time to be able to graduate.

Deadlines for the SET programme

Application form

Approval Board of Examiners

Deadline for handing in

Thesis Committee

No later than 2 months before the defence date

5 working days prior to the meeting of the BoE

Final Examination Form

The first meeting after the defence date

1 month before the defence date


Deadlines for other EEMCS programmes



Thesis Committee form

Send the form to the BoE of your study programme for approval three months before the planned defence date.

Final Examination Form

Send to 6 weeks prior to defence date at the latest.

These application forms cannot be discussed in the same meeting.
Defence can only take place after approval of both forms.
Please be aware  that If the defense takes place without an approved Thesis Committee you are at high risk of having the result of the master thesis defense declared invalid!

The meeting dates of the Board of Examiners can be found here. When you do not adhere to the deadlines it means that you cannot graduate on the requested defence date.

As you will understand it is your own responsibility to follow the procedure properly.
Any delay can have serious (financial) consequences.