Minors

Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam are offering two types of collaboration in minor education:

1. Broadening minors: follow a minor at the partner-university
2. Joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors: multidisciplinary education at the three universities

1. Broadening minors

Students at Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam are granted access to the broadening minors at the partner universities. Broadening minors are intended for students from different programmes and do not require prior specialist knowledge.

Delft University of Technology
Leiden University
Erasmus University Rotterdam


2. Joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors

Joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are devised by teachers from the three universities and are open to students at the three universities. Within social relevant themes students from different disciplines work on cases with problem owners from companies and organizations. 

Modes of Existence: Architecture and Philosophy

The broadening minor ‘Modes of Existence: Architecture and Philosophy’ (MAP) offers a theoretical and practical merger of philosophy and architecture via (speculative) design. It gives students of architecture and philosophy the opportunity to close-read key contemporary theoretical texts, while learning to put concepts into practice by addressing transdisciplinary problems with a design-oriented eye. Further, students will learn how to bring ideas to life within a given urban context by working closely with other human and non-human interlocutors, including residents, stakeholders and cutting-edge technologies. Teaching will be hybrid and involves workshops (offline) and seminars/lectures (online optional).

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology

The minor Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology introduces students to the concepts of sustainability from a (bio)chemical point of view. For example, the transition to clean energy production and storage can be inspired by photosynthesis but requires an understanding of how to split water and make hydrogen gas. Using plant materials as feedstock for bioplastics requires an understanding of the biochemical pathways and the biotechnological challenges. Such topics are addressed in this minor, which is a joint effort of the departments Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering at TU Delft and the Institute of Chemistry at Leiden University.

Leiden University

Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development

This minor offers in-depth insight into how and under which conditions frugal innovation can contribute to sustainable global development. Students explore the concepts behind frugal innovation: frugal solutions that meet the basic needs of people and so offer them a better existence, despite resource constraints. Students will go on a field assignment abroad to bring the acquired knowledge into practice by working in multidisciplinary teams on real life challenges. > Read more about this minor 
Delft University of Technology
Leiden University
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Responsible Innovation

The first Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor, Responsible Innovation, started in September 2014. Bachelor's students at TU Delft, Leiden University, and Erasmus University Rotterdam took the minor, in which they worked with problem owners in existing companies and organisations on case studies concerning the Maasvlakte 2 project, Google Glass and whole-genome sequencing.
Minor Responsible Innovation 

Security, Safety and Justice

The minor in Safety, Security & Justice deals with current security themes and their associated basic scientific terms. The multidisciplinary programme is structured around three scientific themes: security, safety, and justice.
Delft University of Technology
Leiden University

Geo-resources for the Future: Social, Economic, Environmental and Political Challenges

This Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor teaches students to draw on various disciplines to explore the responsible use and trade of geological resources. We are facing challenges: Increasing CO 2 emissions are causing climate change and call for an energy transition towards renewable energy sources. In addition, the supplies of fossil fuels and minerals are limited and their availability and prices strongly depend on global politics. In this Minor, you will learn about the various disciplines that are involved in responsible exploitation and trading of geo-resources and practice their integration. 
Minor Geo-resources for the Future (TU Delft)

African Dynamics

Africa has undergone significant transformations in the past decades and this is likely to accelerate. The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus African Dynamics minor combines knowledge and expertise in the humanities, social and natural sciences and technology to offer you an analytical view of Africa from different perspectives and establish an understanding of what diverse fields have to offer and why it is important to know and integrate specialisations. This is achieved by bringing students from separate disciplines together in an environment where they can combine their academic backgrounds in innovative ways to understand and address the continent’s challenges and strengthen the opportunities Africa presents, with an emphasis on how Africans themselves view their continent and the world. > Read more
Leiden University

Smart and Shared Cities

The aim of the minor Smart and Shared Cities is to introduce students from the LDE universities through case-based education to the different smart city concepts and the underlying complexity of modern cities, focused on urban technologies and data science with citizen experience and multi-stakeholder governance. Students will develop the ability to recognize particular interests and values in smart city discourse and practice; they will be able to choose appropriate data for specific urban challenges, and, they work in multidisciplinary and trans-sectoral teams and adapt to particular team requirements and collaborative styles.
Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Medicine for technology students

This minor is intended for students who are interested in the cutting edge of technology and medicine: how can knowledge of technology contribute to medical science and to improved diagnostics and treatment methods?
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Leiden University
Leiden University Medical Centre
Delft University of Technology