A minor is an elective course that you can take next to your specialisation. A minor offers either a deepening or broadening of your specialisation, and consists of 30 credits (ECTS) or several modules adding up to 30 credits. It is possible to choose minors from other study programmes. For students already enrolled at another University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands a complete overview of the minors offered at Van Hall Larenstein is available at www.kiesopmaat.nl. Exchange students can find more information below or on the page for exchange students, and free movers can send an e-mail to info@vhluniversity.com.


Minors in Leeuwarden

Agribusiness and Business Administration

Animal Management

 Biotechnology / Biology and Medical Laboratory Research

Chemical Engineering

Coastal and Marine Management

Food Technology


Minors in Velp

Agribusiness and Business Administration

Animal Husbandry

Food Technology

Forestry and Nature Management

 Garden and Landscape Architecture

International Development Management

Land and Water Management

* These minors wil not be offered in 2018-2019

Minor description terminology in English

Modular ECTS system

At Van Hall Larenstein, the modules of an educational programme are normally offered in packages of 7 credits (ECTS). For each module you can earn either 0 or 7 credits. A very important detail of this system is that you cannot earn separate credits for specific parts of a module. This means you cannot just do one of the three learning tasks from a module and earn 4 credits with it, for example. With this system, you are encouraged to follow entire modules or even entire minors. It is not recommended to combine modules from different educational programmes.

Example: A module might consist of three learning tasks:
a) Exam, weighing 4 out of 7 credits (4ECTS)
b) Group assignment, weighing 2 out of 7 credits (2 ECTS)
c) Individual presentation, weighing 1 out of 7 credits (1 ECTS)
In this case, all three learning tasks have to be completed with a grade ≥ 5,5 (= pass) to earn your 7 credits for the module. If a student does not pass the exam, but passes the group assignment and presentation, the student earns 0 credits (instead of 3). This means it is an ‘all or nothing’ system.
If you follow a minor, consisting out of 30 ECTS or several modules adding up to 30 ECTS, it means you have to complete all learning tasks successfully to earn your 30 credits.If you fail one of the learning tasks, it will directly lead to 0 credits.

Take home message: always check with your lecturers how many learning tasks are in each module, and be sure to complete each learning task successfully (≥ 5,5)!

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