The Final Examination

The graduation of the MSc programme in Physics takes place after a formal final examination.

The student who expects to graduate in a few months is requested to contact the study advisor/coordinator to determine whether all the criteria are (about to be) fulfilled, and to set the date on which the graduation will take place.

The graduations usually take place every last Tuesday of each month:


Examination Dates 2014-2015

  • August 26, 2014 (last opportunity 2013-2014)
  • September 30, 2014
  • October 28, 2014
  • November 25, 2014
  • December 17, 2014 (Wednesday)
  • January 27, 2015
  • February 24, 2015
  • March 31, 2015
  • April 28, 2015
  • May 26, 2015
  • June 30, 2015
  • August 25, 2015
  • September 29, 2015
  • October 27, 2015


Graduation Procedure

At least five weeks before the desired graduation date the student hands over to the Graduate School Office:


  • the ‘study plan’ of the fulfilled programme, signed for correct by the Board of Examiners;
  • a copy of all written or electronic notifications of the relevant passed examinations on extra-curricular components
  • a copy of the front page of the final report of a research project;
  • a copy of the certificate of the previous education (not needed if it concerns a certificate of the Faculty);
  • Five weeks before graduation all components of the study programme should be finished. If a maximum of one grade is still missing, the lecturer or supervisor has to state that the last grade will be handed in no later than two weeks before the graduation date. If the missing grade concerns the research project, please read the information on page 28 on finishing a research project.


At least two weeks before the graduation date, the student must hand in a copy of the final thesis (electronic and hard copy) to the programme coordinator, located in room 202 Huygens Lab.

Note: The graduation will only take place if you have handed in your copy of the final thesis. There will be a check.


  • Approximately two weeks before the graduation date, the Graduate School Office sends out an official invitation with a specification of the time and location of the graduation.


Note: if you wish to graduate during the summer period please report to the Graduate School Office before the 1st of July!

Your final grade must be handed over before the 20th. of August.


At least three LION staff members should be present at the final examination. The chairman should be a professor or an associate professor (UHD), for example the supervisor during the research project.Two other members can be lecturers of the master courses. External lecturers or supervisors can also be present at the examination and may participate in the questioning. This should be discussed with the chairman.

On the study plan form students are asked to suggest the names of the staff members that will represent the Board of Examiners during the final examination. Students are advised to check whether these staff members are available on the date of the final examination, since it is in the interest of the student to know who will participate in the questioning. In case of difficulty finding enough available staff members, students can contact the programme coordinator.

The date of the graduation ceremony counts as the formal exam date. If all grades have been handed in before the beginning of the new academic year (end of August) the student will not be required to register as a student for the new academic year.
Questions concerning the contents of the exam or the graduation itself can be directed to the programme coordinator.

Questions concerning the graduation procedure and the administrative part should be directed to the Graduate School Office.