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.
The application period for thematic minors 2021-2022 has closed. It is no longer possible to apply for a place in 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, from March onwards but 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.
See the entire range of LDE minors in the total overview and check that your preferred minor is open to you. You should use the admissions matrix for this.
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.
See the range of minors in Leiden and Rotterdam in the total overview and check that your preferred minor is open to you. You should use the admissions matrix for this.
Please note: The timetables, education periods and semesters in Leiden and Rotterdam may deviate from the TU Delft minor period. Also, some minors may take longer than one semester. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.