Minors for TU Delft students
As a TU Delft student, you take a minor at the beginning of the third year of your Bachelor's programme. There are various ways of filling the minor programme.
For example, you can choose to take a thematic minor at TU Delft or at Leiden University or Erasmus University Rotterdam. Alternatively, you can choose to put together your own free minor by taking a thematic minor at another university or by composing your own cohesive programme of courses. You can have only one final registration to a thematic minor per academic year.
- What are the options for a thematic minor?
Disclaimer: Each thematic minor has only a limited number of places available, so there is no guarantee that you can be placed in the minor of your choice.
Also it is not possible to have more than one final registration to a thematic minor in the same academic year. This means that, when you are registered to a thematic minor for less than 30 EC, the only way to fulfil your minor is by adding a self-composed (free) minor.
TU Delft offers more than fifty minors each year. The range of minors comprises selection and non-selection minors. These can both broaden and deepen your knowledge as part of your degree programme.
The range of thematic minors comprises selection and non-selection minors. Each type of thematic minor has a different registration period and placement procedure.
A selection minor is a thematic minor which has a limited number of places available.
To take part in a selection minor you must register for the minor in good time, and you must be selected for the minor by the minor coordinator. This takes place through an additional selection procedure, which may include such things as writing a motivation letter or submitting a portfolio. Selection is carried out by the minor coordinator of the minor in question.
A non-selection minor is a thematic minor which has a limited number of places available, but for which you do not have to go through an additional selection procedure. The total overview shows which thematic minors you can take for your Bachelor's degree programme.
To take part in a non-selection minor you must register for the thematic minor in good time, and selection takes place by means of a draw (lottery) carried out by the education registration system.
We advise you to, before 1 April, consult the total overview to take a good look at what is available and to check that your preferred thematic minors are open to you. You should use the admissions matrix for this. Because of the different registration periods, it is important that you clearly decide well in advance whether you want to take a selection minor or a non-selection minor.
The registration period and placement procedure for selection minors take place earlier. Before the first registration period, make a list for yourself of the thematic minors you would prefer to take, and take careful note of the associated registration periods. Be aware that, once you have been given a place in a selection minor, you may no longer de-register in order to register for a non-selection minor.
Range of LDE minors for TU Delft students
TU Delft as a partner in collaboration with Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, offers joint minors, the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors, known as LDE minors.
As a TU Delft student you attend lectures at two or more of the LDE partners. The LDE minors are offered in two variants: 15 EC minors and 30 EC minors.
Besides the range of thematic minors at TU Delft, you can also choose a selection or non-selection minor in Leiden or Rotterdam. For the first rounds of registration, both of these universities have reserved 30% of their minor places for TU Delft students.
Leiden University offers mainly 30 EC minors. Please note that some minors take longer than a semester, this means you may experience a delay in the progress of your studies and/or have a higher study load in your second semester. The duration of the minor is clearly stated in the Leiden prospectus. If you have any questions, please contact the minor coordinator of the minor in question.
Erasmus University Rotterdam offers mainly 15 EC minors. If you want to take a minor in Rotterdam, you will have to make up the shortfall by taking an additional free minor. For this you need prior permission from your Board of Examiners. See under the options for a free minor for more information.
Please note: The timetables in Leiden and Rotterdam may deviate from the TU Delft minor period. Besides this, passing the minor is subject to the regulations of the degree programme under which your preferred minor falls. If you have any questions about this, please contact the minor coordinator of the minor in question.
- What are the options for a free minor?
As a TU Delft student you may compose a free minor yourself and once you have received prior permission from the Board of Examiners, get this included in the study programme.
There are three options for composing a free minor:
- Compose a cohesive programme of courses that are offered by TU Delft and/or another Dutch university at a third-year Bachelor's level.
- Take a thematic minor at a Dutch university other than TU Delft, Leiden University or Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE alliance).
You should request approval of the free minor from the Board of Examiners at least two months before you intend to start the minor, using the form ‘Request for approval of free minor’.
Please note: you may not include Master's courses or courses from thematic minors in your free minor. For the application requirements that apply to free minors, see the relevant faculty and the teaching regulations of your degree programme.
- In some faculties you can gain practical or international experience by opting to take a free minor abroad or an internship. Find out what is possible at studyabroad.tudelft.nl and, for internships, contact the faculty (international) internship office.
- Please note: if you plan to go abroad, you will need to arrange a lot of things during the second year of your Bachelor’s degree programme already.
- Another option is to compose a free minor of courses worth up to 30 EC with which you can progress to a different (bridging) Master's programme than the Master's programme that follows on in the same discipline of your Bachelor's programme. For more information about this, please contact the relevant person in your faculty.
- Registration and placement
Once you have examined the range of thematic minors and made your decision, see here for how to register for the minor of your choice. You should register for TU Delft, LDE, and Leiden and Rotterdam thematic minors via MyTUDelft (Osiris).
Be aware that, once you have been given a place in a selection minor, you may no longer de-register in order to register for a non-selection minor.
The central minor administration is responsible for the registration and placement process. If a selection or admissibility check is required in advance, this selection will be carried out by the specific minor. A minor coordinator is not authorized to place students and will refer you to the applicable procedure or central minor administration.
If you are enrolled on a joint degree programme, you should register for the thematic minor at the coordinating university and follow the procedure of that institution (see the diagram below).
Joint degree programme
Life Science and Technology
Molecular Science & Technology
- Registering for a thematic selection minor
Selection minors are subject to additional admission criteria. You can see which minors use selection in the minor overview.
To be eligible for a place in selection minor, you need to register in MyTUDelft (Osiris) during the registration period for selection minors. Additional requirements may also apply to selection minors, such as a request for extra documentation. You can find more information about the admission criteria per selection minor, and the name of the relevant minor coordinator, on the website of the selection minor in question.
A different registration period applies for minors from the Faculty of Architecture and Building Environment (A+BE). This has to do with the structure of these minors. While other TU Delft minors consist of 30 EC, minors from the Faculty of Architecture consist of 15 EC. Unfortunately, this cannot be properly supported from a system technical point of view. That is why a separate registration period has been chosen for these minors. This different registration period only applies to students of TU Delft.
The registration period on 1 April starts at 0:00. The maximum number of preferences is 1.
Caution! When you register for a selection minor in this period, you are not allowed to also register for a selection minor of the Faculty of Architecture.
The registration period on 16 April starts at 13:00. The maximum number of preferences is 2.
Caution! You are not permitted to choose the same Architecture minor in both preferences.
You may only register for an Architecture minor during this period, if you haven’t registered for a selection minor in the registration of 1-15 April.
The minor coordinators are responsible for carrying out the selection. They decide which students should be selected, based on the registrations for the minor in MyTUDelft (Osiris) and any additional documents requested. Once the selection has taken place you will be sent the results.
If you have been selected for the selection minor?
Your registration for the selection minor will be confirmed and you will be informed of this. You can then no longer take part in the non-selection minor procedure. You can only de-register once all the registration periods have closed.
If you have not been selected for the selection minor?
You will be informed of this. You may then take part in the non-selection minor procedure.
- Registering for a thematic non-selection minor
There are no additional selection criteria for non-selection minors. You can see in the overview of minors which non-selection minors are open for your Bachelor's programme.
There are a limited number of places available for non-selection minors. The non-selection minors have two rounds in which you can register.
For the first round, the registration period on 3 May starts at 0:00. The maximum number of preferences is 5.
Placement is based on drawing. You can choose minors of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam.
For the second round, the registration period on 1 July starts at 0:00. The maximum number of preferences is 1.
Placement is based on direct registration (based on availability). You can only choose minors of Delft.
Once the first registration period has closed, a draw procedure will take place before the second registration period. MyTUDelft (Osiris) takes account of the order of the preferences submitted. It does not make any difference when during the registration period you submitted your preferences.
The system determines whether individual students can be placed on their first choice of minor. If the minor is full (that is to say the maximum number of places available has been filled), the system will move on to the second choice of minor, etc.
If you have been allocated a place via the draw procedure for a non-selection minor after the first registration period?
You will receive an email telling you which minor you are registered for. Your remaining preferences will cease to apply. If you are not happy with the place you have been offered, you can de-register from 1 July. If desired, you can register directly during the second registration period for a different non-selection minor, provided there are still places available.
If you have not been allocated a place on a non-selection minor after the first registration period?
You will be informed of this. You then have the opportunity to register for the remaining places for the non-selection minors. This registration period is open from 1-15 July. This registration is on the basis of direct registration and depends on the remaining places available (first-come-first-served principle). It is no longer possible to register for LDE, Leiden or Rotterdam minors. It sometimes happens that not all of the places available at our partner universities in Leiden and Rotterdam are filled. These places are made available to TU Delft students during the second registration period.
Once the second registration period has closed, it is no longer possible to register for thematic non-selection minors, even if there are still places available. Then you can only choose to take a free minor.
- De-registration after registration
Thematic selection minor
If you have changed your mind after you have been allocated a place on a thematic selection minor and you wish to de-register? You can do this yourself from 16 July via MyTUDelft (Osiris).
Please note that once you have de-registered from a minor, you can no longer reverse this. Be aware that, once you have been given a place in a selection minor, you may no longer de-register in order to register for a non-selection minor.
Thematic non-selection minor
If you have changed your mind after you have been allocated a place on a thematic non-selection minor and you wish to de-register? You can do this yourself from 1 July via MyTUDelft (Osiris).
Please note that once you have de-registered from a minor, you can no longer reverse this. Between 1 and 15 July it may be possible for you to register for a different non-selection minor from the range offered at TU Delft, provided there are still places available.
- Frequently asked questions
Due to the current covid-19 situation, this year it is possible for students with an outgoing exchange nomination to participate in the regular procedure for selection and non-selection minors. Check the FAQ about this topic here.
Specific thematic minors content questions
For questions about the content of the thematic minor of your preference, please contact the relevant minor coordinator.