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Science Based Business Fundamentals



Science Based Business (SBB) Fundamentals is a 10-week full time course for graduate Science students who

  • wish or consider to pursue a career outside the domain of (fundamental) scientific research;

  • pursue a career in scientific research but wish 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 course is open to all MSc students from the Faculty of Science and to MSc students in the Biomedical Sciences program of LUMC.
Please note: For this course, it is not possible to register via USIS. Please register through our jot form.
Please note: Early application may be useful as the courses will have a limited capacity.

Course objective

The course introduces business principles and managerial skills with a focus on their application in science-based organizations. It has been set up based on what alumni and managers of science-based organizations perceive to be most important for science students.

Course content

The programme starts with a week of introductory lectures and a business game followed by lectures, work groups and assignments in the areas of:

  • Innovation

  • Strategic Marketing Management,

  • Financial Management,

  • Project Management,

Course schedule

This course is organized twice, starting September 1, 2014 and February 2, 2015.
This is a FULL Time course (15 EC in 10 weeks time). Also, it very much is a hands-on course with lots of group work. So most of the days there is something to do that cannot be delayed or involves working together with fellow students. In general, the only days in the week that you will not be required to come to the lecture room or work together with others are the Wednesdays which generally are reserved for self-study. This may be subject to change but only if that is unavoidable, e.g. because of serious schedule issues of lecturers on the course.


dr. H. Jousma (programme director) and drs. G. Degenaars (programme coordinator),

Teaching method

Lectures, working groups, workshops, case discussions, assignments (both individual and team assignments), oral presentations, guest speakers.


Mandatory literature:

  • Winer, R.S.: Marketing management. 4th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 9780130387929.

  • Brealey R.A., Myers S.C. and A.J Marcus: Fundamentals of Corporate Finance. 7th edition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN-13: 9780071314749.

  • Harvard Business Essentials: Managing Projects Large and Small: The Fundamental Skills to Deliver on Cost and Time
    by Harvard Business School Press (Compiler), Harvard Business Review (Editor)

  • Additional material: readers, cases, lecture hand-outs, articles.


For each SBB Fundamentals 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.


The (relative) grading of this course is based on a weighted average of the grades of various tests and assignments.


To learn to understand and work with business principles most relevant to science-based organizations and to enhance personal skills, in particular presentation, planning skills and working in teams.


The maximum number of participants for this course is 30. To ensure the possibility to participate, it is advisable to fill in the application form well in advance.


More information about Science Based Business can be found at our website