LDE-minor: Responsible Innovation


Joint minor Responsible Innovation

Joint Minor Erasmus University Rotterdam, TU Delft and Leiden University 


The minor Responsible Innovation is a unique collaboration between Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The programme offers in-depth insight into how responsible innovation can be accomplished and promoted. During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. 

In this minor, we combine the unique knowledge and skills of TU Delft, Leiden and Erasmus Rotterdam. The students and teachers come from the different universities, and bring with them their own focus, expertise and perspectives. 

Target group

Are you interested in working together with students from various disciplines from Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam and do you think that people, planet and profit should be taken into account during innovation? If so, this English-Language minor could be right for you! 

The minor is open to all third-year bachelor student of the three universities. Students from Rotterdam take only the first part in Q1 (15 ECTS). Students from Delft and Leiden can take both quarters making up a 30 ECTS minor. 

We aim at students who are passionate about understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation. The course encourages students to think about the people, planet and profit aspects of potential innovations. The following common features describe our target group: – Societal conscious: you have a vision to understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation; – Entrepreneurial spirit: you are open minded with a flexible and proactive attitude; – Value-driven: you have a wish to contribute to financial, ecological and social sustainability. We are looking for a high diversity of interests and backgrounds, in order to have strong cross-disciplinary teams with higher and more effective innovation capacity!


Block 1

Introduction to Responsible Innovation (TU Delft)
Innovation and Standardisation Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Digital Technologies and Power (Leiden University)
Student Project Group 1

Block 2

Responsible Management Risk, Safety and Security (TU Delft)
Responsible Innovation Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology (Leiden University)
Student Project Group 2

See Minor Responsible Innovation (course guide Leiden University) for detailed course descriptions. Please note it is not possible to follow only one course, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way.

Frequently asked questions


Contact information

Lotte Pet
Phone: (071) 527 16 29

Minor websites

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Studiepunten (EC)

Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Arts in Society

TU Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University


EUR students can apply through Osiris Student during the regular minor application period (1 May up to 31 May) and have to register this minor as one of their preferences (max. 5). It is possible for EUR students to complete the minor for 15 EC (modules 1, 2 and 3). EUR students can also choose to complete the minor as a whole for 30 EC. The extra 15 EC is extra curricular. To include the extra 15 EC in your Bachelor program, EUR students need to ask permission from their Exam Board. 

TU Delft/Leiden University students can apply via the regular application procedure at their own university.

If placed, you need to be registered as a student at TU Delft and Leiden University. More information about how to arrange this can be found here; Minor Responsible Innovation.

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