PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE DECIDING ON A MINOR.
Why are there minors?
The UT wants to teach students to become T-shaped professionals. Apart from in-depth knowledge that is provided in every study programme students can become acquainted with a (completely) different academic discipline through the minors. This is not so much about the content of this other discipline as it is about how you would explore this content, how you would learn to communicate with people outside your field of study, and how to judge the context, relevance, and relativity of your own field.
Minors are there to provide a basis from which a broad spectrum of academic qualifications can be (further) developed. Through the minors you will become a more complete graduate with increased chances on the labour market.
Besides your regular curriculum, you can dedicate 30 EC to minors. You can fill this profiling space as you see fit. Generally, one minor consists of 15 EC.
How can I fill up 30 EC with minors?
In principle, UT bachelor students follow 30 EC of minors in the first semester of their third year, students from Technical Medicine excluded.
If you follow more than 30 EC of minors, the additional EC are registered as extra-curricular.
The UT gives students the option to take 30 EC worth of minors. You can choose for (a combination of):
- High tech human Touch (htht)
- Crossing boarders, Educative minor, board minor
- Study abroad
- Join-in minors
- In-depth minor
- Switching to a master from another study programme
These 30 EC can be tailored to your own preferences. In HTHT minors it is for example possible to choose from so-called ‘packages’. One package contains 2 independent minors that are each worth 15 EC. It is almost always possible to take a minor from a package separately; therefore it is possible to combine a minor from a package with an independent minor that is also worth 15 EC so that together they form a total of 30 EC.
It is also possible to follow one HTHT minor together with a broadening (Crossing Borders, Educative minor, Board minor), join-in, or in-depth minor. As you can see there are a lot of possibilities when selecting a minor.
If you wish to follow the master programme of a different study programme, generally you have to follow an additional switching programme. It's possible to register a maximum of 30 EC from this as minor.
If you wish to study abroad, it is possible to do so for a period of 30 EC. Afterwards you will receive the required credits. Studying abroad however is also possible for 15 EC. In case of the latter, you will be required to take another minor of 15 EC to reach the total of 30 EC.
Can I choose a minor? And can I choose any minor?
In order to follow a minor you must satisfy the conditions of your own study programme. Further guidelines can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations of each study programme. Visit the website of your study program, this information can also be listed under a specific item.
It depends (mostly) on the specific study programme which minors are possible. Please consider the matrices of options of the HTHT minors and join-in minors and which in-depth minors are possible to see to what minors you are eligible, since for some programmes there are additional demands.
Whether you are allowed to take a certain minor depends on your study programme. Taking a minor which contains subjects that are also part of the normal curriculum of a programme is not allowed.Please note: if you want to follow a minor with overlap in your mathematics courses, it's possible that you have to follow an alternative course. Please consult the matrix of join-in minors for this.
N.B. Leren Lesgeven (in Dutch) has a participation limit, in case of the minor is oversubscribed there will be an in-take procedure. For a few minors are limited spots available, (see Registration) and first come, first serve applies.
Can I also follow a minor at a different Dutch University?
Yes, following a minor at a different Dutch University is possible. If you are interested in doing so, you are required to write a proposal. You can present this proposal to your study adviser for a check up. The proposal should be submitted to the examination board. They will have to approve your proposal to study at a different Dutch university.
Can I also take a minor at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences?
Yes that is possible. The UT is a part of ‘Kies op Maat’ , and many institutes for higher professional education are as well. An overview of all minors currently being offered here can be found on the website www.KiesopMaat.nl. Once you have found a minor that you would like to take, you can download a learning agreement. Optionally, you can discuss your choice with your study adviser. You have to sign this learning agreement and submit it to the examination board. The examination board decides if you can take a minor at at Dutch University of Applied Sciences. After approval of the examination board you should scan the learning agreement (please take care that you have the appropriate signatures and a stamp from the study programme) and E-mail the scan to the contact person at the institution offering the minor. He/She will notify you if you have been accepted or not and tell you of any next steps you should take.
If you would like to take a minor that is not offered in KOM you should write a proposal. You can present this proposal to your study adviser for a check-up. This proposal should be submitted to the examination board of your study programme. They will have to approve of your proposal to follow a minor at a different university. If the institute for higher professional education will charge fees in any form for taking that minor this should be communicated explicitly to both the study adviser and the examination board.
How do I register for a minor?
Students can register for a minor through OSIRIS-student. More information about the procedure can be found under registration.