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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 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 established and start-up companies with emphasis on Science & Technology driven business. These competencies will generally suit any career, both in business and academia.

In addition, this programme may also help you in your decision which direction (e.g. science or business) to choose if you want to continue as a master student.

PLEASE NOTE: – students who want to do a master programme including Science Based Business are advised to NOT follow this minor (or the minor “bedrijfswetenschappen”) – the S&RBB minor is taught in English.

Also for non-Science students

The S&RBB minor is open to all 3rd year Bachelor students who are in science or have an affinity with Science & Technology. Students with no science background will not only learn about business, they will also get a general idea how science can be a source for business. This will be useful for example, if you are a Law student who is interested in working in or for the Biotech or pharmaceutical industry, or a Psychology student with an interest in HRM or a Humanities student with an interest in Corporate Communication in science based business.

To enroll

If you are interested in (a part of ) the S&RBB minor, please let us know by filling out the registration form. This will help us prepare for the course.
Please note: you will have to (also) register in USIS. Registration in USIS (study activity number: 1052) starts on 1 May 2014. Of the 60 enrolled students (= including those on the waiting list!), max 30 will be selected based on individual students’ motivation (for which instructions will follow after USIS registration) and an overall balanced mix of educational backgrounds of the participants. The minimum number of students for this Minor program is 15 for the full program.


The programme for the 30 EC Minor Science & Research Based Business consists of two full-time courses:

The ‘Science Based Business Fundamentals’ course is made to help broaden your horizon and to find out whether you would enjoy working in business and industry. You become acquainted with some of the major organizational and commercial principles, you improve your personal skills, and you also get an idea of the opportunities in the business sector.

The course Principles of Research Based Business’ focuses on the process between acquiring new knowledge and actually applying this knowledge in innovation and business, by 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 seen as the key condition for an innovative society. Pivotal in this process are people who understand science as well as the business sector and are able to bring the two together.

Course periods

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 1 September 2014. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on 7 November 2014.

  • Principles of Research Based Business, which starts on Monday 10 November 2014. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on 30 January 2015.

Further information

If you have any questions about the programme or SBB in general, please contact us via