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Security, Safety and Justice
a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor

Technological advances and changing circumstances make issues of security complex, and tackling such challenges requires a nuanced approach. The minor Security, Safety and Justice deals with current security themes, from cybercrime to terrorist threats, and the associated scientific concepts. The multidisciplinary program is structured around three themes: security, safety and justice.

The joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minors are multidisciplinary and open to all students of Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

politieHow do we protect our society against terrorism? Can we secure the complex world of cyberspace? Are self-driving cars safe enough? Who is responsible if something goes wrong? How do we balance surveillance and privacy?

The media pays attention to these questions with regard to safety, security and justice every day, so it is not surprising the topic deserves academic attention as well. This minor will provide you with the basic academic knowledge to understand the background of these questions better. The emphasis in the minor lies on the security element. The minor SSJ enables you to broaden your horizon regarding security-related topics in society.​​​​

campus den haagThis minor is a collaboration by the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Leiden University (Campus The Hague) and the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of TU Delft. The minor is also open to students of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Register for this minor through your own university.

Take a look at the courses of this minor programme in the prospectus of the coordinating university

Reasons to choose a Leiden-Delft-Erasmus minor:

LDE1. 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: All minors have a coherent program of 30 EC. It is possible to only follow the first block of 15 EC.
  • 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 your own university.
  • 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. 

Take a look at the courses of this minor programme in the prospectus of the coordinating university

Students about this minor:

floor stoelinga'The minor allows you to understand news headlines from a more nuanced and analytical perspective.’

Floor Stoelinga, a recent graduate of International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University, who chose the minor Security, Safetey and Justice: ‘My keen interest in global security issues led to my taking this minor. The minor allows you to understand news headlines from a more nuanced and analytical perspective.’

‘With a background in political science, many of the topics covered in the minor (such as technological developments and risk analysis) were new to me. Interacting with people from different educational backgrounds allowed me to develop a new way of thinking; it elevates your analytical capabilities.

'The mix of courses leads you to discuss and debate the complexity of real-world situations, which taught me the need for different approaches to and dimensions of an issue.’'

alves marinovAlves Marinov, a student of Computer Science at TU Delft, notes that the minor Safety, Security and Justice has the potential to broaden one’s horizons. ‘The minor is full of valuable insights and experiences. The mix of Leiden, Delft and Erasmus give all sides the opportunity to learn from each other.’

‘My own bachelor programme, Computer Science, is a very exact field involving a quite straightforward way of thinking. In the minor, we learn how there are multiple paths to problem-solving, and how divergent thinking may lead to useful outcomes.

The minor employs various different theories, rather than the more hands-on approach I was used to in my bachelor programme. The approach in the minor allows you to go into research in more depth and to analyse topics from different sides. The mix of courses leads you to discuss and debate the complexity of real-world situations, which taught me the need for different approaches to and dimensions of an issue.’

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