Final assessment

The examiner has to provide a motivation for the final grade, for example by providing the signed and highlighted rubric. The rubric for the Literature Review can be found here and the Research Proposal rubric Filehere. This motivation should be sent to the Master's Administration Office together with your assessment form.

In the PDF iconGrade conversion table the comparison between Dutch marks and other grading systems is made.

All written products (essays, reports and writing assignments) will be checked for plagiarism via Urkund/Ouriginal.

The printed report (summary) from Urkund/Ouriginal should be handed in together with your assessment form.

Upload the final version of your report without your reference list to Urkund/Ouriginal. You can do this yourself (as student in two different ways, or your Examiner can upload your report.

Important: Upload it as a Word file and not as a pdf.

Upload as student

As a student you can upload the file to the receiver address, by simply emailing from your student email address to the URKUND/Ouriginal analysis address.

This analysis address is; for instance John Anne Doe: (N.B. this is an non existing example). Your examiner can find the address when they log in to Urkund/Ouriginal.

You as student will get a message from with as topic [URKUND] Confirmation of receipt. Your examiner will receive a message from the same email address with the topic [URKUND] [amount]% similarity, and the information who send in the file.; and a link to open the analysis.

Please use your student email address when you hand in a report.

You can also upload a file to the ‘webinbox’ of URKUND/Ouriginal. You can login here, and click at the right-top to upload document. Use the analysis address of the teacher (see above), and click on submit.

Upload by teacher/Examiner

Teachers/Examiners can also upload the file themselves. They should go here, select Utrecht University, and log in to URKUND/Ouriginal with their solisID and 2FA factor authentication. Once there, they can upload the file and view the analysis report after a couple of minutes.

See for more information and a manual for Urkund: 

For UMCU examiners there is a temporary workaround to log in to Urkund/Ouriginal. The instructions can be found hereIf your supervisor does not have a SolisID or has questions about URKUND/Ouriginal, (s)he can contact Pieter Jan van der Schoot (for UMCU examiners) or the Science Keyuser Plagiaat of the Faculty of Science (UU examiners).

What if the % of matching text is >10% ?
If the percentage of matching text found by Urkund/Ouriginal is > 10% your examiner should write an explanation why this high percentage is not due to plagiarism. This explanation and the Urkund/Ouriginal summary should be handed in together with your assessment form.


If you are a CSDB or BINN student, you can finalize your writing assignment in Osiris Zaak.

Assessment form and Registration grades
The grade of your writing assignment has to be registered on the assessment form (open with Adobe Reader). This form is available on the documents page of the study guide. In order to get the grades of your Writing Assignment registered in Osiris, you and your examiner need to follow these instructions:

  • You download the relevant Assessment Form (internal/external Writing Assignment) from the Study Guide (open with Adobe Reader).
  • Your examiner fills out his/her own grade and signs the assessment form, after ensuring the grade of the second reviewer or host institute supervisor is correct.
  • Your examiner saves the form and sends the form including the motivation for the grade and (Urkund/Ouriginal) plagiarism check (see section above) to the Master’s administration office and Master’s programme coordinator. You can ask to be in CC as well. Epidemiology students must also hand in the assessment form at the education office of Epidemiology (
  • Once your examiner sends the Assessment Form to the administration office (either via email or via OSIRIS Case if you are a CSDB, BINN or SBM student), you will receive an email asking you to upload a copy of your Writing Assignment via OSIRIS Student (see the section below about OSIRIS - Thesis Archive). This report should include a Dutch or English plain language summary (in Dutch or English, 500 words, high school Biology level). Please note: the title of your Writing Assignment is literally copied to your international diploma supplement, so be aware of the correct use of capitals in the title. You can also choose to publish (a version of) your Writing Assignment (read the section below about OSIRIS - Thesis Archive for more information). Epidemiology students must also hand in their Writing Assignment including a plain language summary as a pdf to the education office of Epidemiology (
  • As soon as the Master's administration has received the Assessment Form and you upload your Writing Assignment, your result will be registered in Osiris.
  • Fill out the evaluation form by using the links found in the Assessment form or in the email you will receive separately.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences feels it is very important you share your experiences with your programme coordinator and therefore urge you to visit your programme coordinator after you finished your project or writing assignment. Depending on you Master’s programme you might receive specific instructions from your programme coordinator about this.

Assessment deadline
Stick to the agreed end date and maximal duration of your project. The study load of the writing assignment is 7.5 EC, which corresponds to five weeks of full-time study. More information about the duration of the writing assignment can be found here. After your end date your examiner and second reviewer have 10 working days to grade your writing assignment. 

In case of confidentiality the following procedure applies:

  • Your examiner (Utrecht supervisor) should be allowed to have access to your writing assignment at all times. The Board of Examiners should be allowed to have access to your writing assignment upon request. Third parties concerned with the evaluation and accreditation of the Master's Degrees should also be allowed to access your writing assignment on request.
  • As of September 1st 2021, theses/reports are archived in Osiris Thesis Archive (see section below). In case of confidentiality, the examiner can indicate via the Assessment forms (or via OSIRIS Case when supervising  a SBM, BINN or CSDB student) whether (a version of) the thesis/report should be published.
  • The Writing Assignment should be checked via the plagiarism checker Urkund/Ouriginal. When the report is checked ‘under embargo’ the information in the report will not be stored in the Urkund/Ouriginal database. The option to upload a file 'under embargo' (vertrouwelijke controle, in Dutch) is only available when your examiner (supervisor) uploads the file to Urkund/Ouriginal and exempts the file from the database.

From 1 September 2021 onwards, reports from Major Research Project, Profile Projects and Writing Assignments will be archived in OSIRIS.

Additionally you can choose to publish your thesis/report, including the timing and version to publish. The theses/reports become open-access after the publication date and can be found through search engines like Google and WorldCat. Together with your examiner/supervisor you agree upon and decide if, when and how your thesis/report will be published.

After the administration office has received the final assessment of your thesis/report from your examiner, they will initiate the archiving process and you will receive an email about it asking you to upload your thesis. This process takes place through OSIRIS Student.

Go to instruction for upload thesis for a more detailed explanation. After you completed the upload form, the administration office will verify it and finalize the assessment and grades in OSIRIS.

More information on the digital Thesis Archive of the University Library can be found here.