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.
- You receive the final grade needed to fulfil your examination requirements.
- 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.
- 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.
During the year, if you want to graduate, you have to inform the Science Student Administration at least 5 weeks before you get your last grade (last examination or graduation interview). You can do this via e-mail or in person at the Science Student Administration.
In the Summer Period the processing time is longer, because of the amounts of graduation requests. Therefore, if you want to graduate in Summer it is safe to inform the Science Student Administration two months in advance.
At that time, not all grades are expected to be registered in uSis. But you can already check whether all the grades that are in your course history are also visible in your academic requirements.
Ensure that your academic requirements are properly processed as quickly as possible. You can read how to do this under 'Academic requirements in uSis'. You can also consult uSis-Help, where necessary.
Don’t forget to de-register via Studielink if you have fully completed your studies and will no longer be studying.
If you decide to take a Master’s degree after your Bachelor’s, you also have to register via Studielink for this Master’s degree programme.
Some Study Programmes have specific information. If so, you see a studyprogramme TAB. Check the information there.
The following is general information.
If you want to start your master study at the 1st of September, you have to finish your bachelor study by the end of august. You must then follow the graduation process mentioned below:
The deadline for registration is 1st July.
When you register at the Science Student Administration, please hand in a graduation programme, that is signed for agreement by the Exam Committee.
At that time not all grades have to be known in uSis, but ensure that your academic requirements in uSis are properly processed as soon as possible and certainly by 15th July at the latest.
Make sure that your final grade, after finishing the course has been handed in to the Science Student Administration as soon as possible. It is you own responsibility to check this! Don’t assume that your lecturer will hand in your grade!
For some degree programmes there are chances to take a last-minute re-sit. If you still have to obtain your very last grade in the last week, the Science Student Administration staff will take this into account. Let them know your plans and schedule when you register for graduation.
If you do not want to graduate yet, you can request postponement of graduation at the exam board of your institute. To do this, you can use the webform.
The Board of Examiners shall accommodate the request if the student has been enrolled in the programme for which the request has been submitted for no longer than the duration of studies plus one year. If you have already passed this duration your request will most likely not be approved.
If you want to graduate in the summer, the following process applies. This helps to spread the work load for the student administration department.
The deadline for registration is 1st July.
When you register at the Science Student Administration, please hand in a graduation programme, that is signed for agreement by the Exam Committee. At that time not all grades have to be known in uSis, but ensure that your academic requirements in uSis are properly processed as soon as possible and certainly by 15th July at the latest.
Make sure that your final grade, after finishing the course has been handed in to the Science Student Administration as soon as possible. It is you own responsibility to check this! Don’t assume that your lecturer will hand in your grade! For some degree programmes there are chances to take a last-minute re-sit. If you still have to obtain your very last grade in the last week, theate Science Student Administration staff will take this into account. Let them know your plans and schedule when you register for graduation.
The “Academic Requirements” section in uSis describes which programme you need to follow in order to pass in accordance with the OER (Course and Examination Regulations). Only when your course history appears under “academic requirements” can a diploma and the respective Diploma Supplement be prepared.
Under “academic requirements” you will see the compulsory subjects on your curriculum and also a number of the most popular elective subjects.
However, as there are so many elective subjects available, not all of the subjects that you can take have been named. To obtain permission for one of these elective subjects you have to submit a petition request to the Board of Examiners. For students nearing graduation, you could consider the following two scenarios:
- In the past you have already obtained permission for a subject. In this case, hand in proof of this permission to the Science Student Administration. The Science Student Administration staff will make sure that this permission is processed in uSis;
- You don’t yet have permission from the Board of Examiners to take a subject. In this case you should submit a petition request as shown under Electives.
When your grade for the approved elective subject is determined in uSis, it will appear under your academic requirements and you will be a step closer to graduation. Do you still have questions about any of the above? Then send an e-mail to your study advisor (if it is about the contents of the subjects or your programme) or firstname.lastname@example.org (if it is a question about uSis).
The official rules concerning graduation can be found on the university website.
The formal graduation date (or examination date) is the last working day of the month in which you will have met all the requirements of the Master in Computer Science programme. Please note that the graduation date does not correspond to the actual Master's Degree Graduation Ceremony date, which is the date on which your diploma will be awarded to you during a celebratory graduation ceremony. For dates, see below.
Master's thesis presentation
The master's thesis presentation (including thesis defense) is usually the last required component of your study programme. It will be organized separately from the Master's Graduation Ceremony and takes place in the Snellius building. For your presentation, you need to arrange the following:
- Schedule a final date in consultation with your supervisors;
- Book a room via the LIACS Secretariat.
Unless stated otherwise, your (online) master's thesis presentation is partially public. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
After your (online) master's thesis presentation, your supervisor will submit the final version (pdf) of your master's thesis (including a statement whether or not your thesis is confidential) and the presentation slides to the Education Coordinator. All Computer Science master's theses are published in the LIACS Thesis Repository.
Graduation application procedure
You need to apply for your graduation 6 weeks before the expected graduation date. If you are planning to graduate no later than 31 August, you have to apply for your Master's Graduation before 1 July! This also applies if you are planning to graduate no later than 30 September.
How to apply for your graduation:
1. Send an email to the Education Coordinator with the following information:
- your student ID number;
- your study programme/specialisation;
- the names of your first and second supervisor;
- the expected master's thesis presentation date;
The Education Coordinator will verify that you will soon meet the requirements of your study programme.
Unless you have explicitly stated otherwise, your name will be put on the list for the next possible Master's Graduation Ceremony. Please note that there should be a period of at least 3 weeks between receiving your final grade and the actual Graduation Ceremony date. If you would like to graduate no later than 31 August, the final grade should be submitted by your supervisor no later than 16 August.
Master's Graduation Ceremony
The Master's Graduation Ceremony takes place 3 times a year (for dates see below) in the Academic Building, Rapenburg 73. During this celebratory graduation ceremony, you will be awarded the Master of Science in Computer Science diploma. An invitation for the ceremony will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before. Family and friends are welcome to mark the occasion.
Dates for the Computer Science Master's Graduation Ceremonies 2021-2022:
- Friday 11 March 2022
- Friday 1 July 2022
- Friday 23 September 2022
Cum laude or Summa cum laude classification
The following conditions need to be met to receive a diploma ‘cum laude’:
- the weighted average for all components is 8.0 or higher;
- all components have been completed with a minimum grade of 7.0;
- the (weighted average) grade for the (major) research project (incl. master’s thesis and oral presentation) is 8.0 or higher; and
- the final examination was completed within three years.
- the weighted average grade for all components of the programme excluding research projects and internships is 8.0 or higher; passes (V) and exemptions (VR) will not be taken into consideration.
- the student has taken part in no more than 1 resit.
The following conditions need to be met to receive a diploma ‘summa cum laude’ :
- the weighted average for all components is 9.0 or higher;
- all components have been completed with a minimum grade of 8.0;
- the (weighted average) grade for the (major) research project (incl. master’s thesis and oral presentation) is 9.0 or higher; and
- the final examination was completed within two years.
- the weighted average grade for all components of the programme excluding research projects and internships is 8.0 or higher; passes (V) and exemptions (VR) will not be taken into consideration;
- the student has taken part in no more than 1 resit.
More information: Course and Examination Regulations Master's programmes
Termination of registration
As soon as you have completed your master's degree programme (that is the day when you have met all the requirements of your study programme, usually the date on which you receive your final grade), you should terminate your registration for Computer Science at Leiden University via Studielink. You do not need to wait for the administrative processing of your diploma. Unless you have completed your masters in June, July or August, your tuition fee will be reimbursed for each remaining month in the academic year.
More information: De-registering as a student