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Science Based Business

MSc. Specialisation

Do you have a question about the Business Studies Specialisation? Please find our FAQ's here. If you cannot find the answer, feel free to contact us at info@sbb.leidenuniv.nl.


Business Studies brings together science & medicine with business. The specialisation emphasises interactive teaching through real-life business case discussions, company visits, guest speakers, and hands-on business experience in internships. In addition, the program has close ties to the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Leiden BioScience Park, one of Europe’s leading high-tech clusters.

This specialisation is full-time. We offer the courses as a block and together they provide an introduction to key management concepts and form a managerial toolbox that will benefit you during your internship.

You can choose to start either in September or in February.

You will need 40-60 ECTS.

The Business Studies component comprises at least 40 ECTS, of which 20 ECTS should consist of the mandatory business courses and minimally 20 ECTS of the business internship. An additional maximum of 20 ECTS of electives can be chosen from business courses or from the MSc programme of choice.

Admission & Application

If you want to follow the Business Studies specialisation you will have to enroll into one of the corresponding master programmes:
- Astronomy;
- Biology;
- Biomedical Sciences;
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences;
- Chemistry;
- Life Science & Technology;
- Mathematics;
- Physics

Please select your master programme of choice in order to see the specific admission requirements.

You will have to apply for the corresponding master programme through Studielink. Please find the application procedures & deadlines on your master's information page.

During the first year of your master, please enroll yourself in uSis for the specialisation.

NOTE: 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 and in the e-Prospectus two months before the start of the semester.


Yes, all courses can be followed as electives, provided you meet the admission requirements and there are places available. 


Yes, please consult the International Office of the Faculty of Science (outgoing@science.leidenuniv.nl). You can find more information about the procedure here.

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