Due to the corona virus situation, graduation ceremonies have been postponed until further notice. Students can choose to receive their diploma by registered post or wait until ceremonies will be possible again. Students can choose to be scheduled for a ceremony as soon as this is possible, or request to receive their diploma without an official ceremony. Together with the Science Student Administration, the programme will try to organise adapted ceremonies in September and October 2020.

Graduation ceremony

MSc programme degrees are handed out a the graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony lasts about 30 minutes per student and is usually held at the Academiegebouw. The student can invite their family and friends. The ceremony comprises a 5-10 minute presentation by the student about their major research project and a short questioning by the graduation committee, after which the student will receive the official documents. After the ceremony, the student can sign their name in the 'zweetkamertje', as is the tradition for students finishing their studies at Leiden University.

Graduation guidelines

Information below related to dates and locations might be liable to changes due to the corona restrictions. For questions contact

After completion of the MSc programme students will receive their diploma. However, graduation requires some planning, starting at least two months before the desired graduation date! It is the student's own responsibility to keep track of all their grades (courses and research projects) and make sure everything is registered correctly in uSis. 

Graduation deadlines

You should start your graduation request at least 6 weeks before your certification date. So a proposed certification date of X means starting your graduation procedure before X - 6 weeks and handing in your final grades no later than X. In the table below you can find the corresponding first possible ceremony option for this date.

Final grade in by: Certification date: Start procedure no later than:
28 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 15 May 2020
30 Sep 2020 30 Sep 2020 15 Aug 2020