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As a bachelor's student at Leiden University you can chose from a wide range of different areas for your optional subjects. You can use this opportunity to broaden or deepen your programme. A minor is one of the ways you can personalise your programme.

What is a minor?

A minor is a related, logical package of subjects. The minor element in your programme has to be logical in terms of structure and cohesion, with introductory subjects, followed by a summary of the main themes in the field, so that students who are less familiar with the field are able to follow the courses. In Leiden minors carry 30 study credits, but it is also possible to study  for half this number of credits. 


Leiden minors are in principle broadly accessible; that is, there are no specific admission criteria. In view of the final attainment levels envisaged, minors are most suitable for third-year bachelor's students. A small number of minors at the Faculty of Science  and the Educational minors (teacher education) do have particular admission requirements. More information can be found in the Prospectus.

Preparing for the master's

A well-chosen  minor allows you to broaden your knowledge, insights and skills and to apply your experiences in your chosen field. Some minors give access to master's programmes that you cannot get into without a minor.

Teaching qualification

Taking an Educational minor in combination with a particular bachelor's programme will give you a teaching qualification for secondary education.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities

Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam work closely together in research and teaching, including in the area of minors. We offer joint minors and we each reserve a third of our minor spots for students from the two other universities

Multidisciplinary minors Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities

The multidisciplinary LDE minors are for students who wish to broaden their knowledge. These minors are taught by lecturers from the three universities: TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University. Students who take these minors come from different disciplines, which means they expand each other’s perspectives. They work together closely on real-life topics presented by practitioners from the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Broaden your horizon with a minor

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