Graduating

In order to be admitted to graduation, every student must have fulfilled all requirements of the Master's programme of Political Science.

Examination

The Institute of Political Science expects the highest scholarly effort and achievement from students. Individual courses are examined in the form of written assignments, participation, and/or presentations. Timely completion of degree requirements is expected. The requirements of the programme are met when all courses have been passed successfully and the Master's thesis has been approved.

All students who fulfill the requirements will be notified via Usis. The email you receive from Usis also mentions the possibility and procedure that you will need to follow in case of deferral. Please check your Umail regularly!


Thesis procedure

Students should take into account that their supervisors may take up to three weeks to make an assessment of the final version of the thesis and that supervisors are not available for consultation and assessment through July-August.

For the procedure of writing your thesis, also see the course prospectus of the respective master programme.

Graduation and receiving your diploma

You can receive your diploma through one of these two procedures:

1. You can receive your diploma during a graduation ceremony. This ceremony will take place on fixed dates (see below). Please note the deadline for submission of the information sheet for your application for the graduation in the schedule below.

OR

2. You can pick up your diploma at the Student Services Centre (SSC) or have your diploma sent to your private address. Please note that the preparation of the diploma will take about 4 – 6 weeks. (If you opt for having your diploma posted to you, you do so at your own risk. Leiden University will not be held responsible for items that go missing in the post).

Requirements

  • Grades : In order to be admitted to graduation, every student must have fulfilled all requirements of the master programme. This means that all grades, for all courses and thesis, must be known and registered before the end of the academic year (31 August). As soon as all grades are in, Usis will notify the student that all requirements for graduation are fulfilled. The email you receive from Usis also mentions the possibility and procedure that you will need to follow in case of deferral. Please check your Umail regularly!  
  • Thesis :  Both supervisors need a copy of the final version of the thesis, on paper (hard copy) as well as in digital form. An identical PDF-version of the final thesis must be submitted to the first supervisor as well. This PDF will be uploaded to the publicly accessible Student Repositorium by the Student Services Centre.
  • Finances : All financial requirements with the Students Info Centre must be fulfilled. Please use the form on http://www.studenten.leidenuniv.nl/organisatie/formulier-front-office (in Dutch) or call (+3171 527 8011) to contact the front office for any additional questions.

Upcoming Master Graduation Ceremonies

MSc Political Science, MSc Political Science and Public Administration: Research

Graduation ceremony: Thursday 27 October 2016—deadline for submission of information sheet: Tuesday 5 July 2016

Please note that the information sheet for graduation form that is sent to you by the administration has to be filled in and sent back at all times. This includes whether or not you will actually graduate/decide to graduate. If you do not (wish to) graduate, please make sure that this is stated clearly on the form before you send it back. Please send the form to instituutsbureaupolwet@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.  

Also keep in mind that if you do not complete all requirements of the programme by 31 August, you have to re-register and pay for the new academic year which starts on 1 September. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our examination staff at instituutsbureaupolwet@fsw.leidenuniv.nl.

Grading

The Masters-level programmes of Leiden University's Institute of Political Science attract students from a variety of countries. The grading systems of these countries are often quite different from the Dutch system. Given the variety of grading systems, we cannot and do not provide grade translations (just as universities abroad do not provide grades according to the Dutch scale). Grades above 9 are rarely awarded. At Leiden University, the grade of 5.5 does not exist. The Dutch scale should be interpreted as follows: 
 

8.0 - 10  Excellent
7.0 - 7.9   Good  
6.0 - 6.9 Fair
0.0 - 5.9 Fail

Cum Laude

Read more about the Cum Laude regulation in the Course and Examination Regulations. Search for article 4.6 in the document 'Rules and Regulations Examination Committee'.

De-registering or changing your registration

If you complete or discontinue your programme at any point during the academic year please make sure you cancel your registration. This is done through Studielink.

Last Modified: 21-04-2016