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Science and Research Based Business

Description of the programme

The programme for S&RBB minor comprises two full-time courses (with a total course load of 30 ects):

  • Science-Based Business Fundamentals (15 ects)

  • Principles of Research-Based Business (15 ects)

The ‘Science-Based Business Fundamentals’ course provides a unique opportunity to broaden your horizon and to find out whether you would enjoy working for the government or in the business sector. You become acquainted with the major organisational and commercial principles, you improve your personal skills, and you also get an idea of the opportunities in the business sector. Jobs such as quality manager, patent agent or even director of your own company are only a few of the many options available.

The programme for the ‘Principles of Research-Based Business’ course focuses on the process between acquiring new knowledge and actually applying this knowledge in practice, innovation and business practice, and planning new activities and starting up new companies based on knowledge generated in the exact and natural sciences. This is also known as new business development, and it is the key condition for an innovative society. This process centres on the people who understand science as well as the business sector and are able to bring the two together. Although scientists develop knowledge that enables them to discover new medicines, more sustainable materials, healthier nutrition, smarter software and safer chemicals, how do they apply this knowledge in practice? This often involves resolving knotty problems relating to patent protection, safety for people and the environment, yield, and acceptance by the authorities.

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The purpose of the Science & Research-Based Business minor is to form an opinion on and prepare for a career in industry and to enhance competencies with a view to pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities later in your research career.

Our economy is in need of people who can forge links between science and the market for new, innovative products. Not only science-driven companies, also consultancies, banks and the government are keen to recruit people who combine general scientific skills with commercial insight.

In this minor you will acquire knowledge and skills of management, business and entrepreneurship in both etablished and start-up companies with emphasis on business in Science & Technology driven industries. These competencies suit any career, both in business and academia. Also the careers of researchers who have to deal with business matters, like raising funds for research or finding ways to transfer their technology to industry.

The S&RBB minor can give you a better idea of the options open to you by helping you develop the following:

  • insight into the relationship between science, research and business,

  • insight into career prospects in science business,

  • basic knowledge on the commercial aspects of science and research-based business,

  • skills in crystalizing science-based business activities into marketing- and project plans,

  • skills in identifying, assessing and developing business opportunities arising from scientific research, and drawing up a business plan for operations.

The Faculty of Science organizes the S&RBB minor in collaboration with the Centre for Business Studies and Delft University of Technology, with the cooperation of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Leiden BioSciencePark.

PLEASE NOTE: the S&RBB minor is taught in English.

Description of the programme

The programme for this minor comprises two full-time courses:

  • Science-Based Business Fundamentals

  • Principles of Research-Based Business

Choose the button Courses at the top of this page for the course content.

How to enrol

You can enrol for the S&RBB minor between May 3 and August 1 2010 via uSis. De course ID for the S&RBB Minor is 001276. If you are interested in (a part of ) the S&RBB minor, please let us know by filling out the registration form.

Total number of ects credits for the S&RBB minor: 30

The entire S&RBB Minor is a full-time programme spread out over six months:

  • Science-Based Business Fundamentals, Bachelor Edition, which starts on Monday September 6 2010. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on November 12 2010.

  • Principles of Research-Based Business, which starts on Monday November 15 2010. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on February 4 2011. At request Principles of Research Based Business can be followed as a part-time course until May 2011.

Participants of the S&RBB minor can view the full schedule on Blackboard at the end of August.

S&RBB minor also applicable for non-Science students

The S&RBB minor is open to all 3rd year (and on) Bachelor students who have an affinity with the Science & Technology industry. Students with no Science background will not only be taught in business courses, they will also get a general idea how this industry works with the S&RBB minor. This will be useful for example, if you are a Law student who is interested in Corporate Law within a BioTech company, a Psychology student with an interest in HRM within a HighTech company or a Humanities student with an interest in Corporate Communication within a LifeScience company.

The S&RBB Minor as a preparation for SBB in your Master Specialisation

The layout and content of the two courses contained in the S&RBB minor are the same as the eponymous courses in the MSc specialisation SBB. If you follow (part of) the subsidiary programme, you will be granted exemption from this part during your master’s degree course. This means that you will be able to study other subjects more closely or do a longer work placement during your Master Specialisation. We will examine each individual student’s plans for the future and outline the most suitable SBB procedure on the basis of this.

If you have any quistions about the programme or SBB in general, please contact us by email or phone:

  • Programme Director Harmen Jousma: 071-527 4424

  • Programme Coordinator Grada Degenaars: 071-527 4354