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Science and Research Based Business


The minor Science and Research Based Business will provide you with knowledge and skills in the area of management, business and entrepreneurship. There is an increasing demand for employees with a science background, who are also versed in the basics of business administration. This is not only the case among R&D- intensive companies, but also among consultancies, banks and public sector organisations. Next to training you in the use of the ‘managerial’ and ‘entrepreneurial’ toolbox, 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. Upon finishing this minor, you will have developed:

  • basic knowledge of business administration with a focus on issues in technology-driven companies;

  • insight into the relationships between science, research and business;

  • a better appreciation of career prospects for scientists in business;

  • skills in applying concepts and theories from strategy, marketing, finance and technology & operations management;

  • experience with recognising, assessing, and developing actual business opportunities and with writing a business plan.

The minor emphasises small-scale, interactive teaching, that connects with management practice. This means opportunities for students to learn through real-life business case discussions, company visits, and guest speakers.

For testimonials of students who followed the Science and Research Based Business minor, please visit our SBB website.

Enrollment and placement

The S&RBB minor is open to all 3rd year Bachelor students from the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam with or without a background in science.

Students can register for the minor via uSis. Click here for instructions.

Students from Leiden University have to register through USIS as well. Registration in USIS (Class number/studieactiviteit:1468) starts on May 1st, 2017 from midnight.

This minor has a maximum capacity of 80 students of which 26 available places are reserved for students from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Delft University of Technology. Pending the registration of EUR and TUD students, applicants from Leiden University are placed on a waiting list.

EUR and TUD students can apply in the period of May 1st until May 31st via BOTH our registration form AND the university application form. Please fill in both forms. The first is for our administration, whereas the latter is the official application form of Leiden University.
We will do our best to accommodate waitlisted students after 31 May. Waitlisted students will receive further news about their registration by the end of June.


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

Management Fundamentals
This course is designed to familiarise students with the basic managerial toolbox and to provide an introduction to key concepts and frameworks across the following management subfields: strategy, marketing, finance, and technology & operations management.

New Technology Ventures
This course familiarises students with the basic ‘entrepreneurial toolbox’ and covers 1) How to frame, find and assess entrepreneurial opportunities for new technology ventures; 2) the ins and outs of the entrepreneurial process of creating technology-based companies; and 3) how to write a business plan for a technology start-up.

Course schedule

The S&RBB Minor is a full-time programme spread out over six months from September 4th, 2017 till February 2nd, 2018:

  • Management Fundamentals starts on Monday September 4th, 2017. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on November 10th, 2017.

  • New Technology Ventures starts on Tuesday November 14th, 2017. The course lasts for 10 weeks and finishes on February 2nd, 2018.

Further information

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