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Business Studies


The Msc. Specialisation Business Studies (previously known as Science Based Business) bridges science, medicine and business, by focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making. To achieve this, SBB’s research and teaching programs forge strong relationships to other groups within the university and industry. The Business Studies specialisation brings together students from across the Leiden Science Faculty, LUMC, and beyond with an interest in management careers, industry, and technology commercialisation. The specialisation emphasises interactive teaching that connects students with management practice. This means opportunities for students to learn through real-life business case discussions, guest speakers, and hands-on business experience in internships.

The Business Studies specialisation consist of the following courses:

Management track (40-60 ECTS):

  • Strategy (5 ECTS)

  • Financial Management (3 ECTS)

  • Marketing (3 ECTS)

  • Technology and Operations Management (4 ECTS)

  • Research Methods (5 ECTS)

  • Electives (0-20 ECTS)

  • Business Studies Internship (20-40 ECTS)

Note: The New Technology Ventures track will no longer be offered.

For more detailed information about the required contents of the master programmes ‘Science’ & Business Studies, please consult the appendix of the Teaching and Examinations Regulations for academic year 2019-2020 which will come available in the course of May/June 2019.

Qualifications for Admission

Admissible to the specialisation Business Studies are all students that are admitted to a Master Programme of the Faculty of Science or the Master Programme in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine (LUMC), provided that the rules and regulations of the subject Master Programme do allow so.

In addition, international applicants must provide proof of proficiency in English with an IELTS ≥ 6.5.


Step 1. Make sure you have applied for the corresponding master programme (e.g. Biology & Business Studies) through Studielink. Please find the application procedures & deadlines on your master's information page.
Step 2. During the first year of your master, please inform us that you will be following the Business Studies specialisation the next academic year by filling in this application form. This will help us with our planning and enables us to keep in touch with you about the programme.
Step 3. You will also need to enroll for the courses in uSis to make your registration final. The class numbers will be made available on the University website before the start of the semester. They can also be found on the SBB website.

Further information

You can find more information on our website.

Management Track


The management track provides an introduction to general management theory and practice. It is for science students who consider employment opportunities in industry, and who are looking to acquire knowledge of business principles and training in managerial skills.

Who can join this track?

Students enrolled in any of the following Leiden masters programmes are automatically eligible to enrol in the Business Studies specialisation: mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, life science & technology, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, computer science, and biomedical sciences. Students enrolled in other masters programmes should check their eligibility with their programme’s study advisors.

Goal and objective

The goal of the track is that upon graduation, students will be better able to find an organisation and get a suitable position to start their career and be better able to function in a business environment.
The objective is that students will have sufficient insights, knowledge and skills in some of the fundamentals of business, and in particular also business that is science-based, to be able to reach that goal.


The management track consists of 40-60 ECTS and comprises the following elements:

  • The mandatory courses of the management track are Strategy, Marketing, Financial Management, Technology and Operations Management, and Research Methods (20 ECTS). These courses are taught as a block and offered twice per year starting in September and in February. These courses are designed to familiarise students with the basic managerial toolbox and to provide an introduction to key concepts and frameworks across management subfields.

  • In addition to these mandatory courses, students can take courses from the SBB electives course portfolio, or of approved courses that are offered as electives elsewhere.

  • During the Business Studies Internship (20-40 ECTS) students put into practice and further develop knowledge and skills learned in class. Students also become a subject matter expert in the field of the internship, and gain valuable experience towards the job market. Internships last between 3-6 months and can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. Examples of recent internship projects can be found on the SBB website.

Teaching method and participation

The core of this track consists of “practicals” in the form of both individual and group assignments (case analysis, essay and report writing), case discussions, presentations, etc. These “practicals” are linked to and deal with the formal knowledge which is in the books, readers and notes you need to study. A typical day involves reading a case, analyzing it, also based on knowledge provided in articles and books, with your group preparing an answer (short essay or powerpoint presentation) to deal with the case issues and then finally a full group case discussion conducted by the lecturer who will also elaborae further on the formal knowledge you can extract from the case.

Because the “practicals” are the basis for the learning in this course, participation in all sessions is mandatory.


This track is organised twice:

  • Starting in September - ending in December

  • Starting in February - ending in May
    The exact schedule can be found on the SBB website.

Exams and Grading

There are four formal individual tests for which you need to reach passing level to get a grade for the course. In addition, assessment of the group work, case preparation, participation in case discussions and the final report and presentation to be delivered are part of the grade . The final (relative) grading of this course is based on a weighted average of the grades of all tests and assignments.


For each course a separate Blackboard space is created in which the students are enrolled by the course coordinator. Lecture notes, assignments, important announcements etc can be found there.


Students have to register for the courses within the track via uSis. Click here for instructions.
The class numbers for uSis can also be found on the SBB website.


This track is organised by Science Based Business.

For questions please contact

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Strategy 5
Financial Management 3
Marketing 3
Technology and Operations Management 4
Research Methods 5
Business Internship 20/30/40

Business Electives

The Business Studies specialisation comprises at least 40 EC, of which 20* EC should consist of master courses from the Management Track. (* For Biomedical Sciences only 15 EC is required.) Next to these master courses students will also complete the SBB Business Studies Internship of at least 20 EC. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from the set of electives mentioned below.

Students that have followed the SBB minor can choose courses from this list to replace the already completed courses within their track.

Electives within the Business Studies specialisation:

Systems Optimisation (3 E, semester 1) •
Leading & Managing People (5 EC, semester 1) ∞
Business Intelligence (4 EC, semester 1) ∞
Corporate Entrepreneurship (3 EC, semester 1) •
Corporate Decision Making (3 EC, semester 1) •
Accounting (3 EC, semester 2) ∞
Lean Six Sigma (3 EC, semester 2) ∞
Managing the Digital Business (3 EC, semester 2) ∞
Managing Innovation (3 EC, semester 2) ∞
Marketing Analytics (3 EC, semester 2) ∞

Note: These electives have limited places available and are offered only once per academic year. Students will be placed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The courses coordinated by ICT in Business both coordinators (ICT in Business coordinator & SBB coordinator) need to be informed.
The courses coordined by Science Based Business you only need to inform the SBB coordinator.

• These courses are coordinated by Science Based Business. For questions about these courses please contact the coordinator of this programme.

∞ These courses are coordinated by ICT in Business. For questions about these courses please contact the coordinator of this programme.

Students that are interested in following one or more of these business electives, are asked to follow these steps:

Step 1: Check the (preliminary) schedule for the course(s) in the e-Prospectus and/or the SBB website to see which courses fit within your own schedule. Attendance for these classes is mandatory. If you need consultation about your schedule, please send an e-mail to to make an appointment.
Step 2: Fill out the online application form to confirm your choice of elective(s). This form serves to register all interested students. It does not yet make your application final! You will receive an e-mail within a month concerning your registration status.
Step 3: Register for the course(s) in uSis and Blackboard.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Leading and Managing People 5
Systems Optimisation 3
Corporate Decision Making 3
Corporate Entrepreneurship 3
Business Intelligence 4
Managing Innovation 3
Accounting (ICTiB&PS) 3
Lean Six Sigma 3
Marketing Analytics 3
Managing the Digital Business 3

Master Specialisation after SBB Minor

Students that have followed the SBB minor can also follow the Business Studies master specialisation.

In that case, students can replace the 15 EC of 'management courses' (Strategy, Marketing, Financial Management, Technology and Operations Management*) from the minor with business electives (see other tab). Next to that, students will need to follow the course Research Methods (5 EC), which is not part of the minor.

In addition to the 20 EC worth of business courses, students will need to perform a business internship of 20-40 EC.

In total, by following both the SBB minor and the Business Studies master specialisation, students can take more business related courses than if they were to follow either the minor or master specialisation. For students who would like to supplement their science knowledge with business knowledge, it is therefore an interesting option to choose both the minor and master specialisation.

*The course Technology and Operations Management is part of the minor since September 2017. Students that have done the SBB minor before that, will have to follow this course as part of the master programme.