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.

Livestream graduations

The next graduation ceremony has not yet been scheduled (expected June 2021).

Graduation ceremony

Due to the corona situation, the graduation ceremony system for the MSc programme degrees has been adjusted. Most diplomas are handed out in a ceremony with a group of students from a similar research area. The graduation ceremony lasts about an hour and is usually held at the Academiegebouw. The graduation committee consist of three to five staff members, as much as possible the mentors or research project supervisors of the attending students. The students can invite a maximum of six guests each. The ceremony contains a personal section for each student, during which by one of the members of the graduation committee addresses the student and hands over the official documents. The student signs the graduation book of the programme. 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 calendar

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: First possible ceremony date:
31 May 2021 31 May 2021 15 Apr 2021 18 Jun 2021