Minors

Minors for Master students

In order to pursue a particular aspect of your studies or to specialize in conjunction with another section at EPFL, as a student, you can choose a secondary field of study and earn a “minor” degree, in addition to your (“major”) master’s studies. A minor curriculum corresponds to 30 credits that can be earned among a selection of courses proposed in one of the other sections at EPFL. These 30 credits will be weighted as 120 credits in the master’s study plan, according to the regulations of the Section. The following list provides the recommended minors proposed to the students :

  • Biocomputing
  • Management, Technology and entrepreneurship
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Technologies
  • Spatial Technologies

It is possible to prepare other minor degrees, see the minor study plans (see under the link for “Minors” with specific courses”).

Rules

  • The choice of a minor must be approved of by the deputy head of the section  (Sylviane Dal Mas).
  • The choice of a minor must be approved of by the ‘minor director’.
  • The minor degree is considered achieved when at least 30 ECTSs are earned from the approved courses.
  • The student must acquire these 30 minor ECTSs before beginning a master’s project.
  • Some minors accept a limited number of students
Procedure

The first week of the first semester, you must contact the ‘minor director’ of your choice, in order to validate your list of chosen courses. With your director’s approval, you then must contact the Deputy head of the section (Sylviane Dal Mas) to organize your minor study plan :

The registration form must be filled out with the chosen courses. This form must be signed by the director of the specific minor. Then, it must be given to the administrative office of the section.Deadline for Registration with IS-Academia Do not sign up for a minor at the beginning of the Autumn semester.

You have one semester to decide. But you can go ahead and sign up for your minor courses as of the first semester and inform Khadidja Zrelli by mail.

Minors offered

Computer Science

The Computer Science section offers the following minor degrees to students from other sections :

  • Biocomputing (M. Salathé)
  • Cyber Security (C. Troncoso)
  • Informatique (S. Dal Mas)

The study plans of minors with specific courses are listed towards the end of this page.

Communication Systems

The Communication Systems section offers the following minor degrees to students from other sections :

  • Communication systems (S. Dal Mas)
  • Data Science (S. Dal Mas)

The study plans of minors with specific courses are listed towards the end of this page.