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. 

The formal certification date, the date printed on the diploma, is the last working day of the month in which a student completes the last study component of the MSc programme (usually colloquium or Thesis Talk). After certification, the formal graduation ceremony can be scheduled on the next available graduation date (usually every 3rd Tuesday of the month, with the exception of July and October). The graduation dates are listed in the graduation calendar.

Important notice for graduations in the summer: In the summer, fewer colloquia and Thesis Talks are held. Make sure you complete the attendance requirement in time! Also realise that many staff members go on holiday and to conferences in the summer. Start planning your own colloquium or Thesis Talk well in advance!

Graduation Procedure

Notice for the graduation ceremony in December: due to the early date of the ceremony in December, students can only join that ceremony if all grades are final on November 20th. Students finishing their last component later in November will still be certified per November, but have to join the graduation ceremony in January.

At least six weeks before the certification date, the student should email the following documents to the Science Student Administration (Chantal van den Berge) via and to the education coordinator via

  • the graduation request form & exit survey (download below -note: first download the form before editing & saving; Chrome DOES NOT save your data);
  • curriculum of the MSc programme (masterplan). The masterplan will be checked and signed for approval by the secretary of the Board of Examiners;
  • copy of the front page of the final written report of each research training project, including BS or SCS reports;
  • copy of the front page of the colloquium (research specialisation only);
  • Thesis Talk & colloquium attendance lists (colloquium attendance list for research specialisation only);

Inform the Science Student Administration of the status of any grades that are not yet in at the time of your graduation request. All grades have to be handed in on the last working day of the month (the requested certification date!). E.g. for graduation in November all results must be registered before the last working day of October. In that case, students can also end their registration at the University. For further details contact the Science Student Administration (, Gorlaeus Lecture Hall, B117).

The Science Student Administration will perform a final check on the registration of all exam results. The student will be informed about the exact time and place of the graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony comprises a short public presentation by the student and questioning by the graduation committee, after which the student will receive the official documents.

Graduation request form and Exit survey MSc Chemistry & LST180.45 KB
Instruction - Request for termination of enrolment323.86 KB