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The doctoraal examen in the Netherlands is equivalent to an MA degree (rather than a doctorate, which in English is related to a PhD). The sentence from the diploma means that the person got his/her MA and is now qualified to study for a PhD. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctoraalexamen
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was awarded the degree
Explanation: "Promoveren" is the verb your looking for.
BQuigley Netherlands Local time: 09:41 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 16