The specialisation Business Studies is for MSc students in the sciences and biomedicine who are interested in industry. The objective of the specialisation is to teach students basic analytical frameworks and skills to analyse business-related problems and to contribute to managerial decision making, either within the context of established knowledge-intensive organisations or within the context of new technology ventures.
Qualifications for Admission
Admissible to the specialisation Business Studies 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.
The MSc programme in combination with the Business Studies specialisation consists of two components:
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 IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC.
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.
The Business component comprises at least 40 EC. Students can choose between two tracks: The Management track or the New Technology Ventures track. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from either the Management and/or NTV courses and electives, or from the MSc programme of choice. The choice of courses and electives should be made in consultation with a study adviser, or specialisation coordinator.
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.
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 SBB courses fitting in the context of business. Decisions on exemptions and substitutions are taken by the Board of Examiners.