Minors for TU Delft students
Within your Bachelor's programme, you can fill in your minor in various ways. Would you like to broaden or deepen your knowledge? learn to think in a different way and/or study in a different city? Then you could take a thematic minor at Delft University of Technology, but also in Leiden, Rotterdam, or (far) beyond. TU Delft offers various thematic minors with which you can broaden your knowledge or specialise within your field.
Do you study at a university in Leiden (including the joint-degree bachelor's programme MST) or Rotterdam or at another educational institution? For more information, please visit the page for Leiden and Rotterdam or External students.
On this page you can find information about minors for TU Delft students. You can choose a thematic minor in Delft, but also a LDE minor or a minor in Leiden or Rotterdam.
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. Additional admission criteria apply.
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 happens 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) or direct registration, carried out by the education registration system.
We advise you to, from March onwards but before the 1st of 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.
The registration period and placement of selection minors takes place prior to the start of the registration period of non-selection minors. Prior to the first registration period, make a list of thematic minors you would like to follow and pay attention to the corresponding registration periods. Be aware of the fact that, once you have been placed on a selection minor, you can no longer unsubscribe and choose another thematic (non-selection) minor. If you have been placed on a 15EC selection minor, you will only have the option to supplement this with another thematic non-selection or free minor.
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 is mentioned clearly in the study guide of Leiden. If you have any questions, please contact the minor coordinator of the minor in question.
- Erasmus University Rotterdam offers mainly 15 EC minors.
All minors in Rotterdam start in the first quarter. The starting periode is clearly mentioned in the study guide of Rotterdam.
If you want to take a minor in Rotterdam, you will have to make up the shortfall by taking an additional free or thematic minor.
For this you may 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.
- Leiden University offers mainly 30 EC minors.
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 Leiden-Delft-Erasmus partners. The collaborating minors are mostly offered in two variants: 15 EC minors and 30 EC minors.
See the entire range of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors in the total overview and check that your preferred minor is open to you. You should use the admissions matrix for this.
If you do not wish to take a minor in Delft, Rotterdam or Leiden but would prefer to do so at another educational institution, abroad or by composing courses or carrying out a project, this is considered a free minor. You will need prior approval for this. More information about the possibilities can be found here.
Once you have examined the range of thematic minors and made your decision, check when you need to register for the minor of your choice. You should register for TU Delft, joint, and Leiden and Rotterdam thematic minors via MyTUDelft.
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 during the other registration periods.
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.
You have the option to do a minor of thirty credits or combine two minors of fifteen credits in one academic year. For this you may need prior permission from your Board of Examiners. Look at your options of combining minors and read the more about the free minor.
Below you will find an explanation of how the registration and placement procedure works for the selection minors and for the non-selection minors.
Selection minors have additional admission criteria. In the minor offer you will find the minors that use selection.
In order to be considered for a place within a selection minor, it is necessary to register in MyTUDelft during the application period for selection minors. Selection minors may also set additional requirements, such as submitting additional supporting documentation. You can find more information about the selection criteria for each selection minor and the name of the minor coordinator at the website of the relevant selection minor.
Additional information: If you register for a 15 EC architecture selection minor for Q1 or Q2, during the selection process (i.e. after the application period has closed) you will be asked whether you wish to supplement this with an additional 15 EC architecture minor. For example, you can register for the minor in Archineering Q1 and, during the selection process, you will be asked whether you also wish to do Archineering Q2.
Selection and placement procedure
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 and any additional documents requested. Once the selection has taken place you will be sent the results.
After the selection has taken place, you will receive the result of the selection (no later than 29 April 2022)
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.
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 several rounds of registration/de-registration in May. There is also a late-registration period for non-selection minors.
Note that the offer in May opens various times. All rounds open at 13:00 and close at 13:00 on the date of opening and closing. The minor offerings from Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, including the joint-minors) will be open throughout the month of May.
Additional information: The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (A+BE) offers both selection and non-selection minors. If you have chosen a 15 EC selection minor and have been placed on this, then you can supplement this with a non-selection minor of 15 EC within the Faculty of A+BE) or elsewhere (for example at the Erasmus University Rotterdam) during the regular non-selection application periods in May.
During the first round, you can register for non-selection minors starting in quarter 1 (with a size of both 15EC) and minors of 30EC. Placement is based on drawing.
During the second round, you can register for non-selection minors starting in quarter 2 (with a size of 15EC) and minors of 30EC. Placement is based on drawing.
Notification - Even if a non-selection minor is full after the first drawing, you can still pre-register. If another student deregisters, that place will be drawn again. The chance that you will be drawn out is greater than during the first round. If you are drawn out again, you will still have the opportunity to directly apply for the remaining places in the third round.
During the third, and last, round, you can register for non-selection minors starting in quarter 1, quarter 2 (both with a size of 15EC) and minors of 30EC. Placement is based on direct registration (based on availability)
Due to unforeseen ICT maintenance work, the third round of registration will not open on 20 May (as communicated earlier) but on 23 May.
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 immediately. If desired, you can register for another non-selection minor during the next round, provided there are still places available. It is only possible to register for LDE, Leiden or Rotterdam minors in the month of May.
If you have not been allocated a place on a non-selection minor after the first registration period?
You will also be informed of this. You then have the opportunity to register for the remaining places for non-selection minor in the next round. It is only possible to register for LDE, Leiden or Rotterdam minors in the month of May.
If you were too late to register or you would like to take another non-selection minor after all, you can choose another non-selection minor during the late-registration period.
Places that have not been filled, from Leiden and Rotterdam, will then be made available again after external students have been placed. During this late-registration period, only the non-selection minors offered by Delft will be available. Placement is based on direct registration and based on availability.
Note, Once the last 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.
Important to note: Have you decided to deregister for your exchange nomination and do want to do a thematic minor instead. deregister yourself in MyTUDelft.
If you wish to cancel your exchange nomination, you should first deregister at your faculty international office. Afterwards, you also must deregister for the minor Study Abroad ('semester mobility') in MyTUDelft.
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.
- You can register for a maximum of 30EC of minors per year. This means that you can combine two minors of 15EC in one academic year.
You are responsible for timely and correct application/registration for one or more minors.
In May, places in non-selection minors have been reserved for students from Leiden and Rotterdam. If these places are not filled, they will be made available again in July to students from TU Delft.
Please check in advance whether your bachelor's degree programme provides access to the minor of your choice in the admissions matrix and the study guide of the university where it is offered.
Check in advance in which period the minor of your choice will be given. In some cases, a minor in Leiden or Rotterdam lasts longer than one semester.
You cannot apply for a thematic minor if you have also included an exchange minor in your examination programme in the same academic year.
- 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
You can only be considered for a selection minor if you apply via MyTUDelft between 1 and 14 April 2022. Please note that additional admission criteria may apply.
Once you have been placed on a selection minor of 30EC, you will not be able to de-register and choose another non-selection minor.
Once you have been placed on a 15EC selection minor, you will not be able to de-register. You can still choose an additional non-selection minor or a free minor of 15EC in the same academic year.
You will only be eligible for a non-selection minor, from the full offering in Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam, if you apply via MyTUDelft between 2 and 31 May 2022.
You will only be eligible for a non-selection minor, from the offering in Delft (based on availabilty), if you apply via MyTUDelft between 2 and 31 May 2022.
Do you still have questions after reading the above registration and placement procedure? Then first take a look at our frequently asked questions.
- All information about the registration and placement procedure in one overview? You can read it in the registration and placement flyer.
- Do you want to know what combinations are possible for combining multiple thematic minors? Use this overview.
For questions about the content of the thematic minor of your preference, please contact the relevant minor coordinator.