Collaborative Science for Biomedical Breakthroughs: Learn transdisciplinary skills, Do research, Explore new fields (CSBB - 15EC)


Over deze minor

This joint minor is offered in collaboration with Erasmus University Rotterdam. Education may take place at several locations.

The 15EC (Q1) variant is only for students who cannot do the full 30 EC minor due to limitations in their BSc program (mainly EUR students). All other students should register for the full 30EC (Q1+Q2) minor.

Do you want to explore a challenging topic with peers from diverse academic backgrounds? Do you want to do science that matters? Then this minor is the right choice for you.

Composed of two main parts, you will develop useful skills in areas of communication, collaboration, research and reflection while doing scientific research. The research focus of the 2024-2025 minor is Cellular Models of Disease. You will contribute to this field by asking new questions and developing innovative projects to answer those questions.

You will work in small multidisciplinary teams coached by a research scientist and a PhD student. The teams collaborate with the other teams in the minor. Each week includes workshops and lectures on skill development, independent/group study and a knowledge integration symposiums.

During the first quarter, you will explore research questions from the Integrative Neuromedicine Convergence Flagship. You and your group will pick a sub-topic that interests you. Together you will develop in-depth understanding about one of the Flagship’s questions.

In the second quarter you will use what you learned during the first quarter to develop answers. You will work in a research lab to test your ideas. You will learn about crucial elements of scientific research including research integrity, proposal development, funding, etc. The ideas you develop will be given back to the Flagship for scientists to build on.


At the end of the minor students are able to:

  • Communicate research clearly to different audiences and in different settings, both oral, written and visual.
  • Communicate clearly about research, collaboration and their reflections.
  • Collaborate with peers, other groups, stakeholders from different disciplines and backgrounds to address a challenging question.
  • Collaborate in developing communication, in research teams and to reflect as a group.
  • Research and develop strategies for understanding a problem and designing inquiries.
  • Perform research integrating knowledge from collaborations, scientific communications and critical reflections.
  • Reflect on what they know, don't know, and is unknown. As well as provide and utilize feedback.
  • Reflect on role of research in the world, on how we communicate knowledge and effects of collaboration.

Goed om te weten

Make sure to register to the correct variant of this joint-minor. After the registration is closed you cannot change this anymore. The 15EC (Q1) variant is mainly for EUR students. Students are encouraged to register for the full 30EC (Q1+Q2) minor.

An interest in science, research and professional skill development is required.

You can meet people from the minor and ask questions at the TU Delft and Erasmus MC minor markets. We will be also present at the EUR online minor market although we encourage you to come physically to the TU Delft and Erasmus MC minor markets. There will be better interaction with the team and previous minor students.

Student at Leiden University, TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam?
Check the eligibility matrix to see if your bachelor’s degree programme offers access to this and other minors at

Student at another educational institution?
External students cannot register via EduXchange. Interested in this minor, read the whole registration procedure at

For information about the courses, visit the TU Delft study guide.
For additional information on this minor, visit the TU Delft minor page.

This joint minor is offered in collaboration with Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. This means education can take place in multiple locations. Want to know more about joint minors? Visit

Onderwijsmethode en toetsing

The minor is composed of workshops, group work, projects and knowledge integration symposiums.

There will be a non-graded midterm formative assessment at week 1.5 and 2.5 where students meet with their supervisors and assess their last five-week path. Students will be provided with additional formative assessment and feedback throughout the minor.

Final assessment at week 1.10 and 2.10 will be based on presentations, writing, peer evaluations and a reflective journal. The programme teaching team will evaluate materials (presentations, writing, reflective journal, peer evaluations) produced by students. These evaluations and assessment from supervisors will be used by the programme director to determine the final grade per student.

To pass the final assessment students have to attend and participate in all parts of this block

Check the detailed overview of courses, learning activities and study load at

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