Frequently asked questions

Are minor options compulsory?

No, they’re not compulsory. The option is part of the free-choice component in the major  programme (min. 120 EC, max. 150 EC). However, the free-choice component is compulsory (min. 30 EC, max. 60 EC).

Are there any admission requirements?

There are, sometimes. These will be included in the description of minor module. Take a look at the admission requirements and student profile in Osiris.

Can I change my choice of minor options?

In the 2nd and 3rd registration round you can change your choice of minor.

How do I deregister from a minor?

In the 2nd and 3rd registration round it is possible to deregister from a minor directly by yourself in Osiris.

How do I know whether a minor option is full/discontinued?

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How do I know which minor to choose?

Familiarise yourself thoroughly with the courses. You can do this via this site and Osiris. Discuss the options with your SLB and visit the HU Minor Options market 15 March 2018.

In which period are the HU minors offered?

In general, minor options are presented in a block format, however continuous unit scheduling may also occur. The descriptions on this site for the minor options also indicate whether the modules are presented as a block or continuous unit. A minor course that takes the form of  a course unit may be taught in period AB (the first half of the academic year) and/or in period CD (the second half). In the period when this type of minor course is taught, you will have no room in your schedule to complete any other courses or components.
Continuous unit scheduling means that the minor module is presented for one year.

What else can I choose within the free-choice component in addition to the minor option?

You can opt for a pre-master programme in addition to the standard minor. This is a bridging programme to prepare for a master’s degree. Or you create your own programme from an associated group of courses and study activities, appropriately titled and submitted to the examinations board with an application requesting the board to recognize this as a suitable interpretation of the free-choice component. You can also complete your free-choice component with a number of individual courses. See for more information the menu ‘Minors and free-choice component’.

What is the difference between a major and a minor option?

The major option is the prescribed part of the course examination programme. The free-choice component is that part of the course that has been set aside for a minimum of 30 EC to be followed.

What is the role of my study career adviser (SLB) in choosing options?

You can ask your SLB for advice and guidance. You can find out who this is on Osiris under the “adviser” tab. The SLB will check whether the minor fits in with your study programme and doesn’t overlap with your major.

What will a minor module help me to do?

Following a minor module in your own course enables you to specialise (extending your knowledge) and facilitates the move to a master’s programme. If you follow a minor option outside your course or faculty it will help extend your professional perspective.

When do I need to complete the free-choice component?

Firstly, at the main phase you need to check with your SLB how many credits are part of your free-choice component and whether you can start straight away on the course.

Where will I find out more information about the minor option once I’ve registered?

There are course or project sites for some minors. The lecturers teaching the minors will upload documents for you to use via these sites. These sites can be found on the right-hand side of the page containing the description of the minor.