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Biology: Biology and Science-Based Business

The specialisation Biology and Science Based Business (SBB) is a specialisation of the Biology Master and 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 Science Based Business are admissible to a PhD programme.

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

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 5 September, 2016 at the Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

Year 1: Biology programme
Year 2: Science-Based Business (SBB) 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 Institute Biology Leiden (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) or Naturalis Biodiversity Center. 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
Research Project Biology 36

Advanced theory:

Advanced Statistics 3
Genomic Architecture 6
Book exam 3

One of the courses:

Orientation on Animal Sciences and Health 3
Orientation on Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation 3
Orientation on Microbial Biotechnology and Health 3
Orientation on Plant Sciences and Natural Products 3

At least 9 EC of specialisation courses or approved electives, see Tab 'Electives'

Year 2: SBB

Coordinators of the Science-Based Business component of the programme are:
Mw. Drs. G.H. Degenaars, email: degenaars@sbb.leidenuniv.nl
Dhr Dr. H. Jousma, email: h.jousma@fwnbur.leidenuniv.nl

Science-Based Business
The SBB specialisation programme comprises at least 40 EC. A maximum of 20 EC of electives can be filled in with either SBB or RBB courses (as listed in the table below), or with components within the Biology programme. The choice of electives must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan.

Students registered for the Science Based Business specialisation can follow one of the following two tracks:

  1. The General Management track which encompasses minimally the following modules:
  • Management Fundamentals: Level 400, 15 EC
  • Management Internship: Level 600, 25-36 EC
  1. The New Technology Ventures (NTV) track which encompasses minimally:
  • NTV1: Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Level 400, 5 EC
  • NTV2: The Entrepreneurial Process: Level 400, 5 EC
  • NTV3: Business Planning: Level 400, 5 EC
  • New Technology Ventures Assignment: Level 600, 25-36 EC

In addition, the following course modules can be included in both tracks:

  • Business Elective: Level 400-600, 3-15 EC
  • Business Essay, Level 500, 3-7 EC

Registration:

  1. You have to register via the website: Website Science-Based Business
  2. You have to register via uSis. You register for a classnumber. Find the numbers you need on the following website: Sign up for classes

For further description and information see the following link: Website Science-Based Business

Biology Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Specialisation courses of the Biology Master Specialisations:

Human Impacts on Biodiversity 6
Development and Evolution 6
Global Regulatory Networks in Bacteria (GRNB) 6
Methods in Biodiversity Analysis 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Metabolomics 6
The Immune system of plants 6

Approved Electives:

Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Animal Cognition 6
Biodiversity and Conservation (seminar) 4
Economic Botany Today 4
Ecosystem Services 6
Introduction to Laboratory Animal Science 1
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures Basic 1
Top Lectures Elite 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods (Caribbean) 6
Practical Assistance 2-10

Other Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Other approved electives 1-6

Electives Faculty of Science

Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology 4

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Description

The specialisation Science Based Business (SBB) provides knowledge, insights and skills in the area of Management, Business and Entrepreneurship. Its focus is on their application in science- and research-driven organisations. Purpose is to broaden the 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 (Research-Based Business; RBB).

Qualifications for Admission

Admissible to the specialisation SBB are all students that are admitted to a Master Programme of the Faculty of Science or the Master Programme in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine (LUMC) provided that the rules and regulations of the subject Master Programme do allow so. In addition, international applicants must provide proof of proficiency in English with an IELTS ≥ 6.5.

Program

The MSc programme in combination with the Science Based Business (SBB) specialisation consists of two components:

  • a component within the chosen MSc programme.
  • a Science Based Business or Research-Based Business 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 to 80 EC in total). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the Institute Biology Leiden (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) or Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
A research project within one of the ‘Life Science’ research groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) or at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) may substitute for a research project within the IBL pending prior approval by the Board of Examiners. 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.

Science-Based Business
The SBB specialisation programme comprises at least 40 EC. A maximum of 20 EC of electives can be filled in with either SBB or RBB courses (as listed in the table below), or with components within the Biology programme. The choice of electives must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan.

Students registered for the Science Based Business specialisation can follow one of the following two tracks:

  1. The General Management track which encompasses minimally the following modules:
  • Management Fundamentals: Level 400, 15 EC
  • Management Internship: Level 600, 25-36 EC
  1. The New Technology Ventures (NTV) track which encompasses minimally:
  • NTV1: Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Level 400, 5 EC
  • NTV2: The Entrepreneurial Process: Level 400, 5 EC
  • NTV3: Business Planning: Level 400, 5 EC
  • New Technology Ventures Assignment: Level 600, 25-36 EC

In addition, the following course modules can be included in both tracks:

  • Business Elective: Level 400-600, 3-15 EC
  • Business Essay, Level 500, 3-7 EC

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 management, business or entrepreneurship courses fitting in the context of business. Decisions on exemptions and substitutions are taken by the Board of Examiners.