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Science Based Business

BSc. Minor

In the minor Science Based Business you develop insights and skills in the area of management, business development and entrepreneurship. Focus is on innovation and entrepreneurship on the interface of science and business. The curriculum is furthermore orientated towards the application of theories and concepts in practical assignments.

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Upon finishing this minor, you will have developed

  • basic knowledge of business administration with focus on issues in the development of research-driven projects;
  • insights into the relationships between science, research and business;
  • views on career perspectives on the interface of science and business;
  • skills in applying concepts and theories that are of importance in developing strategic, marketing, project management and financial aspects of research-driven entrepreneurship;
  • experience with recognizing, assessing, en developing actual business opportunities and writing a business plan.

The program is in particular suitable for science students considering a career in business. Not only science-driven companies, also consultancies, banks and the government recruit people who combine a science background with commercial insight. It is suitable as well for students from other disciplines who want to learn about management and entrepreneurship in science-driven business. It may also help those who doubt about the choice between pursuing a science or business career and the master degree they want to pursue after receiving their BSc.


The programme for the 30 EC Minor Science Based Business consists of basic management courses and courses in entrepreneurship:

This is a 10-week full-time programme for 3rd year bachelor students who wish or consider to pursue a career outside the domain of (fundamental) scientific research or who want to broaden their horizon, e.g. having in mind later career opportunities that may require knowledge of fundamental business principles and training of managerial skills.

The management courses familiarize students with the basic managerial toolbox and provide an introduction to key concepts and frameworks across the following management subfields: strategy, marketing, finance, and technology & operations management. It has been set up based on what alumni and managers of science-based organizations perceive to be most important for science students.

The management courses are offered during the first block of the first semester.

In this integrated 10-week full-time programme you develop knowledge and skills relating to the commercialisation of technology generated in research. There is some emphasis on research-based business in the Life Sciences sector (Pharma and Biotech), the focal point of activities at the Leiden Bio-Science Park and research conducted at the LUMC and the university.

The entrepreneurship courses familiarize students with the basic 'entrepreneurial toolbox' and covers 1) how to frame, find and assess entrepreneurial opportunities for new technology ventures; 2) the ins and outs of the entrepreneurial process of creating technology-based companies; and 3) how to write a business plan for a technology start-up.

The entrepreneurship courses are offered during the second block of the first semester.

Further information

You can find more information in the e-Prospectus. Please also find the (preliminary) schedule and instructions for registration on the right side of this page.

PLEASE NOTE:  The registration for the minor in academic year 2018-2019 opens on May 1st, 2018 7 AM. Please check the e-Prospectus for more details.


If you have any questions about the programme or SBB in general, please contact us via info@sbb.leidenuniv.nl

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