Joint minors

Taking a minor at two or three universities

Are you in the process of looking for a minor? Do social issues matter to you and are you eager to learn how to make a difference in a multidisciplinary team? Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam offer you 15 joint multidisciplinary minors. These Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are accessible to all Bachelor's students. They offer the perfect opportunity to expand your world!

These are the reasons for choosing a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor:

1. Joint education programmes provided by three top universities.
2. Urgent social issues and new potential solutions.
3. Lecturers and students from a range of specialisms.
4. Case studies from businesses, government authorities and NGOs.
5. A network in Leiden, The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam.

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What are the key features of the multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors?

  • Admission requirements: Most Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. A small number also require prior knowledge or involve a selection process.
  • Number of places: Although it varies according to the minor, between 40 and 90 students can participate (see the link below for numbers for each minor). A number of places are reserved for each university in order to ensure a balanced distribution from the different programmes.
  • Language: All Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are taught in English.
  • ECTS credits: 30 ECTS for students of TU Delft and Leiden University. Erasmus University Rotterdam students can only do the first block of 15 ECTS. This may vary according to the minor.
  • Location: The lectures and seminars are held in one or more of the following cities: Leiden, Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam. 
  • Applications: You apply for a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor via eduXchange.
  • Selection: Some Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are selection minors, which means you will need to write a motivation letter. Make sure you check the application date.
  • Courses: The course descriptions can be found in the prospectus of the coordinating university. For further information and student experiences, see the links for each minor below.

- For an overview of the joint minors, we list them here below.

- For descriptions of the joint minors, go to

- For more information on choosing and applying, look here.

These are the multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors:

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 this minor, you will learn about the various disciplines that are involved in responsible exploitation and trading of geo-resources and practice their integration. 
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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. 
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Space Missions

Challenging science and innovative engineering come together in the minor Space Missions. Experts from Leiden University and TU Delft provide the new generation of scientists and engineers with a broad understanding of the main disciplines involved, being able to bridge the gaps in this exciting field!
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(Re)Imagining Port Cities: Understanding Space, Society and Culture

Port cities are where people, cargo, and ideas venture into the world, where economic development and liveability may clash or go hand in hand. In the minor (Re)Imagining Port Cities, you will become acquainted with research and design from multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural perspectives with a focus on the future of Rotterdam Harbour. Read more

Living Education Lab

This Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Minor combines the domains of design thinking and technology-enhanced learning and teaching with interdisciplinary group work. You are guided through your individual learning path towards skilled educational innovators and researchers who know their way in the worlds of Education, Technology and Design and are able to apply this knowledge in educational practice. Read more

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?
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New joint LDE minors in 2023:

Co-creating a healthy society

The central theme of this minor concerns achieving an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to health and well-being and reducing health disparities. The minor provides students with skills and knowledge for analysing real-life challenges related to health and well-being, such as toddler obesity, loneliness among young people, and coping with chronic conditions. Read more

Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs

The main goal of this minor is to bring together students who want to explore how biomedical research works and are eager to contribute their ideas to ongoing, real-life scientific research. The research focus of the 2023-2024 minor is Integrative Neuromedicine. You will contribute to this field by asking new questions and developing innovative projects to answer those questions. Read more

Authenticity and Art Crime

In this minor you will discover how the authenticity of art is established and how this affects the international art market. Along the way, you will learn about state-of-the-art physical and chemical analyses, legal and ethical standards, how to detect forgeries, and the workings and pitfalls of the art market. Read more

Apply for joint minors via eduXchange