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Start a master’s programme despite a study delay

12 May 2021

If you would you like to start a master’s programme at Leiden University but will be unable to complete your bachelor’s before the end of the academic year, there are a few master’s programmes that you may still be able to begin.

This year the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has given universities permission to admit students who have not yet completed their bachelor’s programme to a master’s programme, under conditions to be set by the universities themselves. A few master’s programmes at Leiden University will offer this possibility, and will choose one of two options:  

  • Option 1:  students will be permitted to submit their final bachelor’s assignments and complete their internship in September 2021, if their bachelor’s programme offers this possibility.  
  • Option 2: students will be permitted to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2021/2022 academic year if they meet certain predetermined criteria.

The options above apply to bachelor’s students who are enrolled this academic year at a research university in the Netherlands, EU or EEA, and who in principle (upon completing their bachelor’s this summer) would have been able to continue directly onto a master’s programme.

Alongside these two new options, many degree programmes will also offer a second intake moment during the academic year.

Would you like to take advantage of the options above? Which option is available depends on the master’s programme. The individual master’s programmes will provide further information next week (week 20).

If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, the Student Affairs Front Office can help. Please fill in the online contact form and use ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

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