Minor Programmes

Overview of joint and sustainability-related minor programmes

Minors at Leiden University

Human intervention and the introduction of new species do not necessarily have only negative effects on biodiversity. It can also lead to ‘novel ecosystems’ for example in urban and agricultural areas. Species can adapt and be successful in the new habitats. How we should value these new systems is a question of often heated debates. In this minor, you will be challenged to take a position on these matters. 

Sustainable development requires awareness of problems like climate change, loss of natural habitats, pollution and soil degradation. But sustainable development is also a platform for innovative ideas and practices of habitat development, ‘cradle-to-cradle’ and more. This minor addresses all of these issues by first analysing your own role and then being confronted with a wide range of scientific views which must be analysed critically. 

Minors at TU Delft

This minor teaches you about designing and building sustainable buildings and constructions. You will learn to come up with specific solutions to sustainability problems relating to water, energy, materials and constructional design. 

Sustainable design engineering goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. It cares about how such goals are achieved, about its effect on people and the environment. But what exactly is sustainable design, and how do you create a ‘greener’ product? This core question is to be answered in this interfaculty minor, led by Industrial Design Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. 

Are you interested in renewable energy resources? And do you want to create an application for renewable energy and understand how a fuel cell, a solar panel or wind generator operates? Consisting of four compulsory courses, nine elective courses and two compulsory projects you have the opportunity to create your own minor and gain hands-on experience with renewable energy and its integration in an electricity network during the compulsory projects. 

Both climate change and decay are problems Dutch cities have to deal with. The task of the urban planner is to introduce and design sustainable urban interventions, creating future-proof neighbourhoods within the framework of a green blue city. In this minor, you acquire the skills to be an urban planner. 

In this minor you will, among other things, make a business plan for the use of solar energy, a project plan for clean drinking water in cooperation with local inhabitants and you will develop a product that helps solve local needs. In everything you do sustainable solutions, the cultural context and business opportunities will be paid attention to. 

Minors at Erasmus University

This course will provide you with the tools to understand the persistence of global poverty. It provides insights into the causes of poverty and inequality, the relevant global governance institutions, and the local solutions to the exclusion that have emerged across the globe. 

In this minor, you will work as consultants to social entrepreneurs located in the Rotterdam Area. The course focusses on drawing connections between literature and practice, based on the philosophy of experiential learning. Also, you will be working with real existing organizations. In addition, the work you will be doing is intended to benefit both your clients' organization and the larger community of Rotterdam. 

Joint Minors

In this minor the unique knowledge and skills of three universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam are combined. Each university contributes its own specific focus and expertise on responsible innovation. The students and teachers come from different universities and thereby bring with them specific knowledge and perspectives.