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. All admitted students have to make an appointment for an intake interview with the study coordinator, who will explain the use of the masterplanner tool and the role of the mentor. Appointments can be made by email: Students who need help with their choice of the research area, specialisation or mentor should contact the study coordinator for advice.

All mentors are appointed by the board of the programme and are experienced researchers. A list of the mandated mentors can be found on the LIC website. 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. 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’ or ‘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. The students will conduct their research work under supervision of their mentor.


Students can create an account 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 your own account you can use our website to plan your studies, download forms, and arrange your research project evaluation online. For questions about the masterplanner you can contact the study coordinator.

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