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Privacy Studies

The minor Privacy Studies offers you an opportunity to engage in this interdisciplinary field, introducing you to, among others, ethical, legal, economic, technical and medical approaches to privacy.

From smartphones to cloud computing, Big Data to social media, the exploding use of information technology and its many applications will be a source of massive social, legal and economic change for years to come. In the past, privacy has primarily been addressed from a single perspective. However, we increasingly aware that privacy has many facets, and researchers and professionals worldwide are working together to address privacy from a truly interdisciplinary approach.

Privacy has both high societal and academic relevance, and the minor Privacy Studies offers students excellent career perspectives, a broad education in interdisciplinary methodology, and trains both their academic skills and research competences.

Study Schedule

Semester 1

  • Privacy: Theoretical Perspectives, Future Challenges (6 EC)
  • Privacy in Public: Big Data, Self Tracking, Social Networks (6 EC)
  • Privacy: Essay (6 EC)

Semester 2

  • Ethics of Privacy (6 EC)
  • Privacy: Moot Court (6 EC) 

Master's programme

The minor in Privacy Studies may serve as a good preparation for students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in Philosophy, e.g.:

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.


You can enrol in this minor after 9 April 2020.

A minor in Humanities

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty‚Äôs minors consist of 30 credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. You can find more information on the following website:

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September