Minors

Minors for Master students in Computer science, Communication systems and Data science

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.
  • 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. Upon your director’s approval, please fill in the following form:

with the chosen courses. It must be signed by the director of the specific minor and handed in to the master’s administrative office (Ms Antonella Veltro for students in Computer science, Ms Carole Dauphin for those in Communication systems and Data science).

Deadline for Registration with IS-Academia : End of the 1st semester of master studies.

Do not enroll for a minor at the beginning of the autumn semester. You have one semester to decide. However, you can register for minor courses as of the first semester, in this case please inform the master’s administrative office.

Minors offered to other sections’ Master students

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.

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. Upon your director’s approval, you must then contact the section’s Deputy Head (Ms Sylviane Dal Mas) in order to organize your minor study plan. The following registration form :

must be filled in with the chosen courses. It must be signed by the director of the specific minor and handed in to Ms Khadidja Zrelli.

Deadline for Registration with IS-Academia : End of the 1st semester of master studies.

Do not enroll for a minor at the beginning of the autumn semester. You have one semester to decide. However, you can register for minor courses as of the first semester, in this case please inform Ms Khadidja Zrelli.