About the Tesla Minor

Tesla is a 30 EC minor for research master’s students who are enrolled in a 2-year MSc program at a Natural Sciences department at the UvA (FNWI), or another university. Students work in small interdisciplinary groups on a real-world societal challenge, in collaboration with a partner organization.

As a Tesla student, you:

  • Are driven to create a positive societal impact
  • Have the ambition to utilize your science background outside of academia
  • Are motivated to take up a complex real-world challenge with a partner organization
  • Have a strong drive to improve your professional and interpersonal skills
  • Are keen to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Want to go beyond your comfort zone
  • Are motivated to enter a highly intensive 5-month program
  • Have demonstrated these qualities during and next to your studies.

Curriculum

In the Tesla minor, most of your time will be spent on your project. However, you will also participate in – and co-organize –  a wide variety of training sessions, workshops, lecturers and assignments to help you with your project work and to prepare you for life after university. A few examples of these activities are:

  • Lectures: Guest speakers from all sorts of disciplines provide insights on science and society.
  • Workshops and training sessions: Information Management, Systems Thinking, Theater, Storytelling, Visual Thinking, Efficient Meetings, Project Management, Communication, Project Planning, Emotional Intelligence and many more.
  • Sports: On top of the normal work week, students participate in a specialized Tesla sports program, designed in cooperation with the University Sports Center to encourage physical health and team building.

An example of a typical week of Tesla can be found here.

Interested to know how Tesla-alumni experienced the Tesla minor? Visit the former Tesla student page.

If this sounds like the minor for you, apply here.