Start: study adviser & 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 study adviser Hilde Zwaan if they would like to have assistance with choosing their research area, specialisation or mentor. It is also important to make an appointment if they have special circumstances (such as dyslexia) or personal issues, especially when these affect their concentration/their ability to study.

More information on how to make an appointment with the study adviser.

Introductory meetings are scheduled on the first Tuesday (afternoon) and second Thursday (full day) of the semester (see the Schedule page).

Role mentor (versus study adviser; specific questions versus general)

Every student has a mentor. Preferably, they find a mentor within the first 1-3 months of their MSc programme. With their mentor, they can discuss specific questions concerning courses or research projects. If they are interested in doing research projects abroad or at a company, their mentor can help with their network to find a suitable lab. In general, students will conduct their major research project under supervision of their mentor. If their research interest changes over time, they can either choose a different mentor or have a different supervisor of their main research project. 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.


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.