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Arranging graduation

You're about to graduate. That means there’s a lot to be arranged. The university expects you to take certain steps, as does your faculty and/or institute. Your faculty has various regulations and procedures in place that you need to follow carefully when arranging your graduation.

Steps towards graduation

Graduation means there’s a lot to be arranged. Below you will find a general overview of the steps to be taken. Make sure to first read the information provided by your faculty and department, as regulations and procedures can vary.

  1. You receive the final grade needed to fulfil your examination requirements.
  2. You request graduation: look under the faculty/study programme tab to find out exactly what steps your programme requires you to take to arrange graduation. You may receive a message from uSis entitled ‘You can graduate’. This message will explain the options available if you wish to delay graduation.
  3. Your student registration will not automatically be cancelled when you graduate. You have to cancel your registration yourself via Studielink. However de-registration is not compulsory if you have a reason for not wishing to do so. Make sure to carefully read the information on de-registering or re-registering.

Requesting postponement of graduation

If you receive a message from uSis entitled ‘You can graduate’, but you don’t yet want to graduate because you are taking additional courses or an internship that you want to be mentioned on your final transcript, you can request postponement of graduation. Look under your faculty or study programme tab for more information.

Conditions of postponement

The maximum duration of postponement you can request is until you have been registered on your study programme for the official programme duration plus one additional year. For Bachelor’s programmes this is 3+1 years, for most Master’s programmes this is 1+1 year. If you are more than a year behind in your studies your request will not be granted.

Official regulations on postponing graduation

The regulations and agreements concerning the postponement of graduation have been laid down by Leiden University Executive Board in the Leiden University Regulations on Postponing Graduation.

Master's diploma Biomedical Sciences

You can graduate and obtain the degree Master of Science (MSc) if you meet all requirements for the master’s diploma and the specialisation you have chosen.


In order to graduate you need to have obtained at least 120 EC for education units as described in the Course and Exam Regulations of the master Biomedical Sceinces, or otherwise after approval of the exam committee. Furthermore, you have to be registered as a master’s degree student Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University.


  1. Check the deadlines: for applying for graduation, timely submission of report and  review, registration of grades and the dates of the ceremonies. You can find them in the pdf. Decide when you want to graduate. Do not forget to inform your internship supervisor of your plans.
  2. Apply: use the online form ‘Request for final examination Master in Biomedical Sciences’. On this form you can choose when you want to graduate. After completing, signing and submitting the form you will receive a confirmation by e-mail. You will receive a formal invitation by e-mail two weeks before the graduation date at the latest.
  3. During the ceremony: you will give a 10 minute presentation, suitable for a lay audience, about yourfinal internship,. Your supervisor and a member of the exam committee will ask a few questions about your presentation. Afterwards you will receive your master’s diploma. You are welcome to invite guests to the ceremony and the reception with drinks afterwards.
  4. Deregister: in Studielink. Make sure to deregister in time or there may be financial consequences. More information about registration matters can be found on the website of Leiden University.


Questions can be addressed to research-project@lumc.nl

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