Main subjects and specialisations

This page describes the policy on the phasing out curriculum of cohorts that started before September 2019 and expires on may 1st 2023.

Fontys ICT offers a number of specialisations as a broad bachelor's degree programme. Regularly new main subjects are added or completed. On this page you will find a description of the policy agreements concerning the starting and ending of existing main subjects.


As a broad bachelor's programme, Fontys ICT offers a number of main subjects. Regularly main subjects are added or completed. There are two main reasons for this:

  • The ability to respond directly to the rapid changes in the field;
  • Keep the promise to the students: offering a wide range of possibilities for 'studying in the full breadth of ICT'.

Main Subjects

There are fiveprofiles that are structurally offered. These profiles focus on five main areas of ICT. In addition, a number of specialisations are offered in the second year. In the second year of study, students can become acquainted with specialisations and, if necessary, also choose one of the specialisations as a main subject. From the second year onwards there is also the possibility to choose for a personalised program based on the Open Learning teaching method.


A number of specialisations arose from strategic considerations and will therefore be offered regardless of the number of interested parties. In addition, we offer relevant and up-to-date main subjects. An important indicator is whether enough students are interested in this main subject. The standard for this is 18 or more students. Here it says which specialisations are offered. Watch a short introductory film about the specialisations of Fontys ICT (Figure 1).

Figure 1 The specialisations of Fontys ICT in picture. Click on the image to watch the movie.

Starting new and ending existing main subjects

The following guidelines apply to the start and end of main subjects.

  1. Selection moment 1st year: If there are fewer than 18 participants on 15 May for a specialisation (S3/S4), this will stop as an independently executed main subject for the next school year (August 1st)
  2. Selection moment 3rd year/minor: If there are fewer than 18 participants for a specialisation minor as of 15 May, this specialisation minor will not be offered and the associated specialisation as an independently performed main subject will stop at the next performance in the second year.
  3. The moments of choice apply to the prognosticated participants in September, the choices of students in February are not taken into account for terminating main subjects.
  4. Students who have registered for a unit of study that is no longer offered can opt for a personalised unit of study based on the open learning teaching method. Here, in a different educational environment, they can still demonstrate the learning outcomes of that unit of study.
  5. Specialisations in the second year that expire are still carried out in their current form for students who are already participating in the specialisation. Example: If SM-A were to lapse, SM-A would still be performed for (at least) the students who are following SM-B and expect to be able to participate in SM-A.
  6. Each year, on 1 February, a decision will be made as to which strategic graduation tracks will be offered. For the time being, the following specialisations are offered on the basis of strategic choices:

Points of attention for implementation

  • This arrangement only applies to students who started the full-time Dutch-speaking main phase (year 2) as of 1 September 2016 and to students who restart the full-time Dutch-speaking main phase (year 2) as a result of a study delay
  • Take action on the transfer of developments from the existing specialisations to the profiles. Decide which specialisations have become commonplace or are no longer current.
  • Adjusting the procedure for the selection process of students, which includes whether or not to continue with the specialisations.
  • Formulate additional substantive and strategic criteria for starting and stopping specialisations.
  • Each year we determine which directions we offer, this is communicated to students in time and included in the TER. Criteria for a new specialisation and/or minor to be started:
    • Is for student broadening or deepening
    • Has an innovative, modernising character
    • Is representative for professional field
    • Suitable for students from several basic profiles
    • Sufficient students (<18)
  • What does the introduction of ICT & Open Innovation mean for diploma, learning objectives, assessment criteria, our lecturers, etc..
The IMS specialisation will be phased out as of December 2020 in accordance with directiebesluit 2.019.102.