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Biology: Biology and Business Studies

This specialisation was previously known as Biology and Science Based Business.

The specialisation Biology and Business Studies offers students the possibility to combine biology with knowledge, insights and skills in the area of Management, Business and Entrepreneurship.
Students are encouraged to broaden their horizon, to form an opinion on and prepare for a career in industry and to enhance competences for pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities created in science and research.
Students who complete the specialisation Biology and Business Studies are admissible to a PhD programme.

Coordinator: Dr. Remko Offringa
Email: r.offringa@biology.leidenuniv.nl

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 2 September, 2019 at the Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

Year 1: Biology programme
Year 2: Business Studies programme

For a description of the full programme read the more information button.
For the timetable and registration in usis and codes for the Biology year, see under ‘files’ (bestanden)

Year 1: Biology

The Biology component consists of the following:

  • Research Project Biology of 36 EC

  • Advanced theory (courses and lectures) of 24 EC

The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project to 80 EC in total). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory elements:

Advanced Statistics 4
Genomic Architecture 6
Research Project Biology 36

One of the following courses is compulsory:

Orientation on From Cells to Organisms 2
Orientation on Evolutionary Biology 2
Orientation on Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 2
Orientation on Biodiversity and Sustainability 2

At least 12 EC of the courses (or courses from the list of biology electives or other electives) are compulsory:

Advanced Cell Biology 4
Advanced Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 3
Animal Personality 6
Development and Evolution 6
Ecotoxicology 6
Human Impacts on Biodiversity 6
Innate Immune Systems 6
Integrative Taxonomy 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Methods in Biodiversity Analysis 6
Paleobiology 3

Year 2: Business Studies

The coordinator of the Business Studies component of the programme is:
Prof.dr. S. Jong Kon Chin, email: s.jong@liacs.leidenuniv.nl
For questions please contact: info@sbb.leidenuniv.nl

For information about the Business Studies programme and registration for the courses see: E-prospectus Business Studies

Biology Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Biogeochemistry of System Earth 3
Bird species in animal experimentation 2
Book exam 6
Fish species in animal experimentation 2
Metabolomics 6
Pharmaceuticals from Plants 4
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures Elite 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods (South East Asia) 6
Practical Assistance 2-10

Other Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Electives Faculty of Science or LUMC (please check with the coordinator of the course whether you can join the course):

Advances in Data Mining 6
Computational Molecular Biology 6
Image Analysis with Applications in Microscopy 6
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Multiscale Mathematical Biology (BM) 6
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology (SCM) 4
Other approved electives 1-6

Study and Career Orientation

Contact

Education Office Biology
Email: assistentopleiding@biology.leidenuniv.nl

Description

During the master several meetings and activities concerning Study and Career Orientation will be organized in collaboration with the Science Career Service. Through lectures, information meetings, individual and / or group assignments, students are stimulated to orientate on a future professional career.

Learning goals

Goals:
Study and Career Orientation aims to get students to think about his or her choices during the masters degree in biology and to stimulate students to orientate on a future career. Topics covered are, for example:

  • Think about your own career wishes and potentials;

  • Orientate yourself on the job market and possibilities for Biologists;

  • Develop your skills such as making a CV, writing a job application letter and presenting yourself;

  • Be aware that a social/professional network can help you;

  • Prepare yourself for interviews and application procedures including psychological tests and assessments.

End terms:
After having followed this course, a student can, on the basis of the student's personal profile and individual and group orientation, make a motivated choice for a future career.

Schedule

Different meetings and activities per year. The timetable can be found under ‘files’

Blackboard

More information about Study and Career Orientation can be found on Blackboard ‘Teaching programme BSc and MSc Biology’ / Master

More info

Description

The specialisation Business Studies is for MSc students in the sciences and biomedicine who are interested in industry. The objective of the specialisation is to teach students basic analytical frameworks and skills to analyse business-related problems and to contribute to managerial decision making, either within the context of established knowledge-intensive organisations or within the context of new technology ventures.

Program

The MSc programme in combination with the Business Studies specialisation consists of two components:

  • a component within the chosen MSc programme.

  • a Business Studies component.

Biology
The Biology component consist of a research project of 36 EC and 24 EC of advanced theory (courses and lectures). The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project)). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC.
A “Fish specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) or a “Bird specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) is obligatory in case of a research project that involves handling or experimental use of fish species or birds species.
Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Business Studies
The Business component comprises at least 40 EC. Students can choose between two tracks: The Management track or the New Technology Ventures track. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from either the Management and/or NTV courses and electives, or from the MSc programme of choice. The choice of courses and electives should be made in consultation with a study adviser, or specialisation coordinator.

Approval of program

All master students have to submit a master study program, consisting of choices of courses and one or two research projects, to the studyadvisor. Through the submission of this study program, the Board of Examiners determines whether the individual study program can be approved.

Exemptions

Students with prior education in management, business and entrepreneurship may – depending on the contents and extent of said education – be exempted from following (parts of) one or more of the courses. These courses need to be substituted such that their master programme contains at least 40 EC of SBB courses fitting in the context of business. Decisions on exemptions and substitutions are taken by the Board of Examiners.