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The information below is preliminary, definitive information will be posted before August 31, 2015


The minor Science & Research Based Business will provide you with knowledge and skills in the area of management, business and entrepreneurship in both established and start-up companies.
Not only science-driven companies, also consultancies, banks and the government recruit people who combine a science background with commercial insight.
Next to providing insights in science- and technology-driven business, this minor can also help you in your decision on the type of master degree and career you want to pursue after you have graduated as a BSc.
Also suitable for economy and business students who want to enhance their case study and discussion skills and want to learn more specifically about business built on opportunities created in scientific research.

Click here to view some of the very positive comments that courses in this minor got from last year’s students.

Also for non-Science students from Leiden University, as well as students from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology

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

Enrollment and Placement

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.

Students from Leiden University have to register through USIS as well.
Registration in USIS (Class number: 1331) starts on May 1, 2015 from midnight.

Of the 50 students enrolled in USIS (= including those on the waiting list!), max 22 will be selected and placed 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 selection process will follow the order of registration in USIS.

Next to the 22 places for Leiden University students, we will have an additional 11 places available for students from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology.
EUR and TUD students can apply in the period of May 1st until May 31st via the registration form. AND the university application form. Please fill in both forms, the first is for our administration, while the latter is the official application form of Leiden University


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 from August 31st, 2015 till January 29th, 2016:

  • Science Based Business Fundamentals, Bachelor Edition, which starts on Monday August 31st, 2015. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on November 6th, 2015.

  • Principles of Research Based Business, which starts on Monday November 9th, 2015. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on January 29th, 2016.

Further information

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