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Electives or minor at an other UM faculty


Follow a pre-aproved minor an other UM faculty

Most UM faculties offer 'minors', however not all are suitable for FPN students. A pre-approved list of minors is available at https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/bachelors/minors/psychology.

- A minor has a study load of 24 or 30 ECTS
- A minor starts in period 1 or 2 and spans two or three periods.
- Minors are pre-approved by both faculties.


Follow an elective at an other UM faculty

Instead of a minor, you can also select one or more specific elective courses at other UM faculties.  This is slightly more administrative work for you, as both faculties have to approve your request. 

Finding available courses can be a challenge as most faculties do not advertise special elective courses but allow enrollment into regular courses.

- You get ECTS as shown in the course overview on  curriculum.maastrichtuniversity.nl.
- Both faculties need to approve the request.

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Electives and Minor programs are available at most faculties at Maastricht University. These usually run in periods 1, 2 and 3 and will earn you a minimum of 24 ECTS and a maximum of 30 ECTS. You can choose  electives from any UM faculty, or decide to do one of the pre-approved minors that are available to FPN students. 
List of pre-approved minors ://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/education/bachelors/minors/psychology.

In case you select separate electives, these are the criteria to get approval:
  •  The elective should be at the level of second year bachelor or higher
  • Content should not overlap or only minimally with mandatory courses of the FPN bachelor
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  • Content should be related to the objectives of the FPN bachelor program

Application steps

Registration is usually possible between 1 June and 1 July (with a few exceptions, especially minors at FHML) , so before the start of the next academic year.

You apply via the Special Course Request option on the Student Portal. 

For a minor:
• Select the minor course (if you can find it, not always the case) and
• Select the courses of the minor and
• In the 'motivation'-field, include that you want to do the minor (insert name)

For an elective:
• Select the course(s)
• In the 'motivation'-field, include that you want to do this course / these courses as an elective.  Additional personal motivation can be added.

Please choose all courses of the minor you want to participate in or mention the name of the Minor programme you opt for in a note.

See this nice manual on using Special Course Approval to guide you through the steps.

Your request is assessed by FPN. After approval, the request will be forwarded to the offering faculty who check if you can be registered (is the request received before the deadline, is there still place, do you meet entrance requirements etc.). After this you will receive further information on the registration procedure.

TImeline and deadlines


Timeline and deadlines FPN & UM Electives 2023-2024 (Sept. 2023 - Feb. 2024)
including additional dates for the electives with an internship

March 2023  Clinical Psychology package or 
Internship "Professional in Psychology": 
Interested in this elective? Inform the coordinator.  Start looking for a place to do your internship
   April 2023
  FPN Electives: Course descriptions available

Mon. 17 April 2023  

FPN electives: registration for electives opens

       Available FPN elective courses >>
        Submit your preferences >>

All submissions have an equal chance to get their preferred elective(s).

If you want to do the Clinical Psychology package or the Internship "Professional in Psychology", submit the form as soon as possible.

Wed. 17 May 2023
23:59 hrs
  Clinical Psychology package or 
Internship "Professional in Psychology": 
last date to register for this FPN elective.

Found an internship place? Congratulations! 
Use this form to send us the details.

Thu. 1 June 2023  

UM faculties: registration for electives and minors opens
Use 'special course request' in the student portal.

Sat. 17 June 2023
23:59 hrs
  Clinical Psychology package: last day to submit the contract. 
Fri. 23 June 2023
23:59 hrs
  FPN electives: registration closes 
Fri. 30 June 2023
23:59 hrs
  UM electives and minors: registration closes

14 July 2023  FPN electives: allocation result available
Mid July 2023  "Internship Professional in Psychology":
Once the coordinator has approved your internship, you may begin.
January 2024  "Internship Professional in Psychology":
Last month to hand in the written report.
Email it to the elective coordinator.


Attendance obligation for tutorial group meetings

The attendance obligation of the other faculty applies.



Assesment is according to the information in the course finder.


FAQ and Contact

Questions about UM electives and minors

Is it possible that I don't get accepted for a minor?
Yes. Our tip is to arrange approval early, so that you have the time to register for alternatives such as FPN electives.

See 'FAQ and Contact' page
Last modified: Mon, 08/05/2023 - 17:31

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