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.

Defining a masterplan for graduation

You can update and adjust your masterplan as often as you like during your studies. Before graduation, you have to hand in your final, definitive masterplan with all the components you followed. The Board of Examiners will check your masterplan against the rules in the OER appendix. This page details how to prepare your masterplan for graduation.

Graduation ceremony

MSc programme degrees are handed out at the graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled on the first Tuesday of almost every month. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes per student and is held in the Faculty room 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 and signs the graduation book of the faculty. 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

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:
30 Sep 2022 30 Sep 2022 15 Aug 2022 1 Nov 2022
31 Oct 2022 31 Oct 2022 19 Sep 2022 6 Dec 2022
30 Nov 2022 30 Nov 2022 19 Oct 2022 7 Feb 2023
23 Dec 2022 23 Dec 2022 11 Nov 2022 7 Feb 2023
31 Jan 2023 31 Jan 2023 20 Dec 2022 7 Mar 2023
28 Feb 2023 28 Feb 2023 17 Jan 2023 4 Apr 2023
31 Mar 2023 31 Mar 2023 17 Feb 2023 2 May 2023
28 Apr 2023 28 Apr 2023 17 Mar 2023 6 Jun 2023
31 May 2023 31 May 2023 19 Apr 2023 4 Jul 2023
30 Jun 2023 30 Jun 2023 15 May 2023 5 Sep 2023