Inholland University of Applied Sciences introduced the major/minor model in September 2004. For each domain it is decided which competences students will need in their future professional field. This informs the different minors. By applying this study model Inholland creates more extensive choice for its students, offering increasingly personalised learning routes within a study path. This gives Inholland a unique position within Dutch higher professional education, being the only institution where students can choose 25% of their own subjects.
The major/minor model at Inholland consists of three parts:
Furthermore, students who want to follow on to a master's programme at a non-vocational university can take a transition minor.
Through the major the subject acquires important basic competences, comprising the general knowledge and skills required for a particular professional field and a number of specific professions. The contents of the specialisation minor characterise the study programme chosen by the student. This minor focuses on the competences required for a specific profession and is closely aligned with the major. Both the major and the specialisation minor are fixed once a student chooses his or her programme. The major is spread out over all the study years and comprises half of the total credits. The specialisation minor also starts in the first year and continues throughout the studies.
The differentiation minor is a part of the study programme from the second year of study, when students can design their own programme. Because of its large size (60 credits) the differentiation minor is a concept that is unique in the Netherlands. The differentiation minor offers students the chance to take subjects outside of their own major and specialisation minor domain, allowing students to develop a broader perspective on society and their own place and role in it. By a careful design of their differentiation minor a student in fact creates his or her very own, unique labour market profile. Students become architects of their own careers. Students choose from packages of 15 credits each to design their own differentiation minor.