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Minors

Most Bachelor’s programmes at Leiden University have a major-minor structure, with 15 to 30 credits (ECs) reserved for electives. One way to earn elective credits is by doing a minor.

Changes due to corona situation

A minor is a good alternative for bachelor’s students who are unable to study abroad due to the corona situation. We are therefore trying to make our minors accessible to as many students as possible by making a number of changes.

We are currently looking into whether it would be possible to offer more places on minors.

Follow the updates on this page and the Studying in time of corona page.

What is a minor?

A minor is a cohesive, carefully-compiled set of courses. Minors have a logical structure and cohesion, with introductory courses followed by an overview of the most important themes within a topic, thus allowing students who are less familiar with the topic to follow the minor. 

A minor allows you to explore subjects beyond the boundaries of your own study programme. It can offer new knowledge, insight and skills, perhaps from a completely different field of study. You can also use your minor as a way of preparing for a future Master’s programme.

The best time to do a minor is in the third year of your Bachelor’s programme. It is important that you complete your minor within one year, as the range of minors on offer changes every year.

Minors offered

Minors in Leiden

Leiden University offers around 50 minors:

•    Minors at Leiden University

Minors in Delft and Rotterdam

Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam collaborate closely on a range of educational matters, including minors. During the application period for Leiden students, TU Delft and Erasmus University reserve a third of their minor places for Leiden University students. Just like a period of study abroad, following a minor elsewhere can enrich your studies, your student life and your CV.

Joint minors Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities

Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam also offer joint minors, taught by lecturers from the universities involved. Students from various fields of study have the opportunity to work together on a range of multidisciplinary topics.

The joint minors offered in 2020-2021 are: 'African Dynamics', 'Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development', 'Geo-resources for the future', 'Responsible Innovation', 'Security, Safety and Justice' en 'Smart and Shared Cities'.

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Admission requirements

  • Your minor may not overlap with your regular studies;
  • If you only want to follow part of a minor, you need permission from the Board of Examiners;
  • For some minors there are additional admission requirements, such as a specific study programme or a selection procedure. See the Prospectus for the requirements for Leiden minors. For Delft and Rotterdam minors see the websites of TU Delft and the Erasmus University. In the admission matrix you can find an overview of the programme requirements for minors in Delft and Rotterdam. 

In terms of educational level, the best time to do a minor is in the third year of your Bachelor’s programme. This is an advisory note, rather than an admission requirement.

Application

Limited places available

There are limited places available on minors and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of selection minors*). So make sure to apply on time!

Also remember to cancel your place if you decide not to follow the minor. This will allow another student to take your place.

When?

Selection minors*

TU Delft, Erasmus, LDE, Leiden

1 till 15 April

Other minors

TU Delft, Erasmus

1 till 31 May

 

LDE (joint minors)

1 till 31 May

 

Leiden

1 May till 15 July

* A selection minor is a minor with a different selection procedure. You can check which minors are selection minors in the Prospectus or on the website of TU Delft and Erasmus.

How?

Leiden University

  • Apply for the minor via uSis.
  • You can find the necessary study activity code in the Prospectus.
  • Make sure to cancel your application if you decide not to follow the minor. This will allow another student to take your place.

*Exception: Students following the bachelor's programmes in Clinical Technology and Life Science & Technology must apply via Osiris.

TU Delft, Erasmus University and LDE minors

  • Apply for the minor via uSis.
  • You can find the necessary study activity code in the admission matrix (TU Delft/Erasmus) or by searching by name in uSis (LDE minors)
  • You may only apply for one minor at TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam or a joint LDE minor.

*Exception: Students following the bachelor's programmes in Clinical Technology and Life Science & Technology must apply via Osiris.

Important note: multiple applications automatically cancelled
It is technically possible to apply for more than one TU Delft, EUR or joint LDE minor, however only your first application will be processed. After 31 May, all minor applications except your first one will be automatically cancelled.  Therefore it is essential that you delete all other minor applications and ensure that your preferred minor is the only one listed in uSis by 31 May.

Questions?

Do you have a question about the content of a particular minor? Get in touch with the contact person for that minor as stated in the Prospectus.

Do you have other questions? Take a look in the FAQ section. If you can't find the information you are looking for, contact the Study Line via studielijn@leidenuniv.nl or 071-527 11 11.

The Faculty of Humanities offers the following minors:

Request for approval of bachelor’s Discretionary Space (30 EC)

What? 
For your discretionary space you can choose from the following options: 

  • An approved minor offered by Leiden University
  • An approved minor offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • An approved minor offered by Delft University of Technology
  • An internship combined with courses offered by Leiden University and/or another educational institution
  • An individually compiled set of courses offered by Leiden University and/or another educational institution

If you wish to select another option than an approved minor offered by Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam or Delft University of Technology, you need to obtain approval from the Board of Examiners. 

The Board of Examiners will judge your request on consistency and academic level

How? 
Digitally complete the Approval of bachelor's discretionary space form and print it out. Use the remarks section to motivate your choice in terms of coherence. 

Discuss your plans with your Coordinator of Studies and ask him/her to sign the form as seen. 
Hand in the form to the departmental student office . 

If your Discretionary Space includes courses offered by institutions other than Leiden University, you should also submit a request for following ‘ External education ’ in uSis. On the basis of this request, your study results can be validated afterwards. 

When? 
Submit your request before the start of the courses in your Discretionary Space, preferably at the end of the semester preceding the semester in which you plan to follow these courses. 

Proof 
If your Discretionary Space include courses offered by institutions other than Leiden University, you must provide prior proof of the level and study load of these courses (how many ECs the course represents). In most cases, a course description is sufficient. If the courses are taught abroad or offered by a non-partner institution, you should also include information on how to translate the credits to ECs.

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