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Master Colloquium


Admission requirements



This weekly colloquium is recommended for all first-year Master’s students and consists of a two-hour meeting each week. The first hour will usually be dedicated to a talk or presentation, and the second hour to informal discussion. It also provides a forum for students to discuss their other courses and the broader study programme. The focus in the first semester will be on giving an introduction to the programme and an overview of possible directions for study within mathematics; in the second semester some time will be dedicated to further study and career options within academia and outside.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the structure of the Master’s programme in Mathematics and an overview of the different subject areas represented within the Mathematics Institute. They will be aware of possible future career directions after completing a Master’s degree, both within and outside academia, and have the skills to find out about and apply for such positions.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of instruction

Weekly meeting consisting of lecture and discussion

Assessment method

The grade for this colloquium is a simple pass/fail. To pass, you must participate actively in at least 20 of the sessions during the year.

Reading list



From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Dr. Martin Bright