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.
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 University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam work closely together in research and teaching, including in the area of minors. They offer joint minors and have a special admission arrangement for one another's students. You can find more information on the Range of minors page.
Leiden minors are in principle broadly accessible; that is, there are no specific admission criteria provided you have earned your first-year certificate. But, 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 have particular admission requirements. More information can be found in the e-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. Choosing the right minor also gives you the opportunity to prepare for the master's that you want to take after your bachelor's, so that you can increase the likelihood of gaining a place in the master's you would like to follow.
Taking an educational minor in combination with a particular bachelor's programme will give you a teaching qualification for secondary education.