Start & mentor

Start & mentor

At the start of the programme all admitted students must be registered at Leiden University AND Studielink as an MSc student before the start of their studies. Admitted students can make an appointment for an intake interview with the education coordinator if they would like help with choosing their research area, specialisation or mentor and if they have special circumstances (such as dyslexia). Appointments can be made by email: Introductory meetings are scheduled on the first Tuesday (afternoon) and second Thursday (full day) of the semester.

Each student chooses a mentor in a research field related to the selected research area; the mentor will be the student’s personal coach during the complete master's programme. A list of the potential mentors can be found on the LIC website. All students are free to choose any mentor with the appropriate expertise in the chosen programme/research area; the lists given for ‘LST’, ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’ only serve as guidance to students who do not know where to start. When a mentor accepts this role, the student and mentor together will compose a tailor-made study programme. Generally, students will conduct their major research project under supervision of their mentor.


Students can create an account by using their ULCN account to log in on our website and add their "masterplan" to their own profile. The student, mentor and study coordinator can view the masterplan and monitor the student’s progress.

After creating an account, the website can be used to plan studies, download forms and arrange research project agreements and evaluations online. For questions about the masterplanner students should contact the study coordinator.