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Privacy Studies

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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 was primarily addressed from a single perspective. However, we are 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.

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

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) 

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, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The enrolment period for this minor will start in May 2021. If you are interested in this minor, we can keep you updated about events and about when the enrolment period will start: 

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Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September