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Do you have a question concerning the Master Honours Classes (MHC’s)? You can find the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions below.

If your question does not appear in the FAQ list, you can contact us at maclasses@ha.leidenuniv.nl.

Who can apply?

No, bachelor's students cannot apply for a Master Honours Class. We offer a variety of Bachelor Honours Classes for bachelor's students. 

No, pre-master's students cannot apply for Master Honours Classes. However, you are welcome to apply for a Master Honours Class once you have completed your pre-master's and have enrolled in a master's programme at Leiden University.

No, at the moment we can only offer Master Honours Classes to the master's students at Leiden University.

No, LLP students cannot attend Master Honours Classes. Master Honours Classes are small-scale classes and the Honours Academy wishes to offer as many students as possible the opportunity of an Honours education.

The Honours Academy wishes to offer the opportunity to follow Master Honours Classes to as many students as possible, therefore master's students can follow only one Master Honours Class per year.

Application and admission

No, Master Honours Classes are extracurricular classes. As they are not part of your regular study programme, you do not need permission from the Board of Examiners.

During each academic year, you can apply at two different times. Application for the first semester Master Honours Classes is in September, and application for the second semester Master Honours Classes is in February. You can find the exact deadlines for application on the student website.

It is possible for the confirmation email to end up in the spam folder. If you cannot find the confirmation email in the spam folder, please send an email to maclasses@ha.leidenuniv.nl.

You must write your motivation letter in the same language as the course description in the Prospectus.

Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, it is not possible to process sizeable motivation letters. Therefore, you are allowed to use a maximum of 1500 characters (including spacing).

We advise you to carefully consider the information you include in your letter. Remember that you should make clear why you wish to attend an Honours Class and what benefit the group will have from your participation, knowledge and/or experiences.

Following admission to a Master Honours Class

The organisation of the Master Honours Classes will take care of your registration for the class in uSis, approximately a week before the start of the class. Therefore, you do not need to register in uSis yourself.

Once your enrollment in the class is completed in uSis, you will gain access to Brightspace. Note that we take care of both your registration in uSis and your access to Brightspace.

We urge you to contact the coordinator of the Master Honours Class (for contact details see the e-Prospectus) as soon as possible and mention the date of and the reason(s) for your absence.

You are allowed to be absent from one session at most, as long as you inform the coordinator as soon as possible about the reason of your absence (for example, an overlap in your course schedule).

When you have to be absent from more than one session, the coordinator may decide that you are no longer allowed to attend the class.

Master Honours Classes are highly sought after and timely disenrollment allows for another student on the waiting list to attend the class.

If you wish to disenroll, we urge you to contact the coordinator of the Master Honours Class (for contact details see the e-Prospectus) as soon as possible, and inform the central organisation by sending an email to maclasses@ha.leidenuniv.nl. Do not forget to mention the reason(s) for your disenrollment.

Upon successful completion of a Master Honours Class

Upon successful completion of a Master Honours Class, you will receive a Master Honours Class certificate. This will be done for you automatically. Your study result will also appear on your diploma as an extracurricular activity. 

Honours Classes are extracurricular courses, which means that these credits do not count as an elective in your regular study programme. However, the grade for the completed Master Honours Class will appear as an extracurricular course on your list of grades.

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