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Business Studies


The Msc. Specialisation Business Studies (previously known as Science Based Business) bridges science, medicine and business, by focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making. To achieve this, SBB’s research and teaching programs forge strong relationships to other groups within the university and industry. The Business Studies specialisation brings together students from across the Leiden Science Faculty, LUMC, and beyond with an interest in management careers, industry, and technology commercialisation. The specialisation emphasises interactive teaching that connects students with management practice. This means opportunities for students to learn through real-life business case discussions, guest speakers, and hands-on business experience in internships.

The Business Studies specialisation consist of the following courses:

Management track (40-60 ECTS):

  • Strategy and Technology (5 ECTS)

  • Strategic Financial Management (3 ECTS)

  • Marketing Science (3 ECTS)

  • Operations Management (4 ECTS)

  • Research Methods (5 ECTS)

  • Electives (0-20 ECTS)

  • Business Studies Internship (20-40 ECTS)

For more detailed information about the required contents of the master programmes ‘Science’ & Business Studies, please consult the appendix of the Teaching and Examinations Regulations for academic year 2021-2022 which will come available in the course of May/June 2021.

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.


Step 1. Make sure you have applied for the corresponding master programme (e.g. Biology & Business Studies) through Studielink. Please find the application procedures & deadlines on your master's information page.
Step 2. You will need to enroll for the business courses in uSis to make your registration final. The class numbers will be made available on the University website before the start of the semester. They can also be found on the SBB website.

Further information

You can find more information on our website.

Management Track


The management track provides an introduction to general management theory and practice. It is for science students who consider employment opportunities in industry, and who are looking to acquire knowledge of business principles and training in managerial skills.

Who can join this track?

Students enrolled in any of the following Leiden masters programmes are automatically eligible to enrol in the Business Studies specialisation: mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, life science & technology, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, computer science, and biomedical sciences. Students enrolled in other masters programmes should check their eligibility with their programme’s study advisors.

Goal and objective

The goal of the track is that upon graduation, students will be better able to find an organisation and get a suitable position to start their career and be better able to function in a business environment.
The objective is that students will have sufficient insights, knowledge and skills in some of the fundamentals of business, and in particular also business that is science-based, to be able to reach that goal.


The management track consists of 40-60 ECTS and comprises the following elements:

  • The mandatory courses of the management track are Strategy, Marketing, Financial Management, Technology and Operations Management, and Research Methods (20 ECTS). These courses are taught as a block and offered twice per year starting in September and in February. These courses are designed to familiarise students with the basic managerial toolbox and to provide an introduction to key concepts and frameworks across management subfields.

  • In addition to these mandatory courses, students can take courses from the SBB electives course portfolio, or of approved courses that are offered as electives elsewhere.

  • During the Business Studies Internship (20-40 ECTS) students put into practice and further develop knowledge and skills learned in class. Students also become a subject matter expert in the field of the internship, and gain valuable experience towards the job market. Internships last between 3-6 months and can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. Examples of recent internship projects can be found on the SBB website.

Teaching method and participation

The core of this track consists of “practicals” in the form of both individual and group assignments (case analysis, essay and report writing), case discussions, presentations, etc. These “practicals” are linked to and deal with the formal knowledge which is in the books, readers and notes you need to study. A typical day involves reading a case, analyzing it, also based on knowledge provided in articles and books, with your group preparing an answer (short essay or powerpoint presentation) to deal with the case issues and then finally a full group case discussion conducted by the lecturer who will also elaborae further on the formal knowledge you can extract from the case.

Because the “practicals” are the basis for the learning in this course, participation in all sessions is mandatory.


This track is organised twice:

  • Starting in September - ending in December

  • Starting in February - ending in May
    The exact schedule can be found on the SBB website.

Exams and Grading

There are four formal individual tests for which you need to reach passing level to get a grade for the course. In addition, assessment of the group work, case preparation, participation in case discussions and the final report and presentation to be delivered are part of the grade . The final (relative) grading of this course is based on a weighted average of the grades of all tests and assignments.


For each course a separate Brightspace page is created. Students are automatically enrolled in this course if they enroll themselves for the course in uSis. Lecture notes, assignments, important announcements etc can be found at Brightspace.


Students have to register for the courses within the track via uSis. Click here for instructions.
The class numbers for uSis can also be found on the SBB website.


This track is organised by Science Based Business.

For questions please contact

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Strategy and Technology 5
Strategic Financial Management 3
Marketing Science 3
Operations Management 4
Research Methods 5
Business Internship 20/30/40

Business Electives

The Business Studies specialisation comprises at least 40 EC, of which 20* EC should consist of master courses from the Management Track. (* For Biomedical Sciences only 15 EC is required.) Next to these master courses students will also complete the SBB Business Studies Internship of at least 20 EC. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from the set of electives mentioned below.

Students that have followed the SBB minor can choose courses from this list to replace the already completed courses within their track.

Electives within the Business Studies specialisation:

Systems Optimisation (3 E, semester 1)
Leading & Managing People (5 EC, semester 1)
Business Intelligence (3 EC, semester 1)
Entrepreneurship (3 EC, semester 1)
Management Science (3 EC, semester 1)
Accounting (3 EC, semester 2)
Lean Six Sigma (3 EC, semester 2)
Entrepreneurial Finance (3 EC, semester 2)
AI for Strategy (3 EC, semester 2)
Marketing Analytics (3 EC, semester 1 and 2)
Digital Transformation (5 EC, semester 2)

Note: These electives have limited places available and are offered only once per academic year. Students will be placed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

*∞ The course Business Intelligence is coordinated by ICT in Business. Both coordinators (ICT in Business coordinator & SBB coordinator) need to be informed.

Students that are interested in following one or more of these business electives, are asked to follow these steps:

Step 1: Check the (preliminary) schedule for the course(s) in the e-Prospectus and/or the SBB website to see which courses fit within your own schedule. Attendance for these classes is mandatory. If you need consultation about your schedule, please send an e-mail to to make an appointment.
Step 2: Register for the course(s) in uSis.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Leading and Managing People 5
Systems Optimisation 3
Management Science 3
Business Intelligence 3
Entrepreneurship 3
AI for Strategy 3
Accounting 3
Marketing Analytics 3
Lean Six Sigma 3
Entrepreneurial Finance 3
Digital Transformation 5

Master Specialisation after SBB Minor

Students that have followed the previous SBB or current SBI minor can also follow the Business Studies master specialisation.

If you have followed the SBB minor, students can replace the 15 EC of the 'management courses' (Strategy, Marketing, Financial Management, Technology and Operations Management*) from the minor with business electives (see other tab). Next to that, students will need to follow the course Research Methods (5 EC), which is not part of the minor.

In addition to the 20 EC worth of business courses, students will need to perform a business internship of 20-40 EC.

In total, by following both the SBB minor and the Business Studies master specialisation, students can take more business related courses than if they were to follow either the minor or master specialisation. For students who would like to supplement their science knowledge with business knowledge, it is therefore an interesting option to choose both the minor and master specialisation.

If you have followed the SBI minor, students can't replace courses anymore and need to follow the whole Business Studies program.

*The course Technology and Operations Management is part of the minor since September 2017. Students that have done the SBB minor before that, will have to follow this course as part of the master programme.

Career Perspective

Career Orientation

During the Business Studies master specialization program we want to provide you with the best possible preparation for the job market. In addition to knowledge, it is important that you develop skills, gain practical experience, orientate on positions & careers, and reflect on your own profile and development.

How can you use the knowledge and skills you are acquiring during your study program and apply your learnings in the job market? Which direction do you choose within your study and why? Which capabilities do you have, and what skills do you still want to learn? How do you translate the courses you choose into something you would like to do later?

These and other questions may come up at various times during your studies. You may have already discussed this with the study advisor, mentor, tutor, the Science Career Service, fellow students or made use of the Leiden University Career Zone.

All kinds of activities are organized where you get the chance to orientate yourself on the job market and gives opportunities to reflect on your own development, possibilities and (study) career profile as well. Central to this are the questions: "What are my capabilities?", "What do I want?" and "How do I achieve my goals?".

Not only is the substantive knowledge you acquired during your studies important for future employers, they also pay attention to the so-called transferable skills. These are, for example, your cognitive skills such as critical thinking, reasoning and argumentation, innovation, flexibility, initiative, appreciation of diversity, communication, responsibility and conflict resolution. Transferable skills, such as cognitive skills, are usually developed unconsciously during and outside your studies. Awareness of these and all other skills contributes to the development of yourself as a professional to the best of your capabilities.

In the e-prospectus, learning objectives have been formulated for each subject to inform you which subjects are offered to you that contribute to the development of your (study) career profile and preparation for the job market.
In addition to the assortment of activities related to career choices, various workshops and courses are organized as well that should help you to develop your skills or reflect on them. You then will be given the opportunity to think about subjects such as:

  • Which skills do I already have and which ones can I still learn?

  • In which subjects do I want to specialize further?

  • Which subject do I choose for my Master Research Project?

  • Which electives suit my wishes for the future

  • What else do I want to learn besides my studies

  • Where do I want to work later?

  • What are my work values?

  • How do I present myself when applying and at networking events?

  • How do I build a network and how do you do that, networking?


Business Studies Specialization year

  • Company guest lectures and presentations

  • Colloquia Nights

  • Workshops and Career Colleges Science Career Service

  • De Leidsche Flesch meetings

  • Master Career Orientation Day via De Leidsche Flesch

  • Science Career Event

  • Master's Open day (Leiden University)

Next to the above activities, an important part of the master specialization is the mandatory Business Internship. By doing this Business Internship you can put your learned knowledge into practice, discover the work life at a company and at the same time it helps you as a good preparation for the job market.

LU Career Zone

The Leiden University Career Zone is the website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career planning. You will find advice, information, video recordings of webinars and tools such as professional tests to get an idea of your personal profile. You can also explore positions and sectors, you will find tips about CV, job application, LinkedIn and there is a vacancy platform that you can make use of.


Leiden University likes to prepare students and young alumni well for the job market. For this we use the knowledge and experience of Leiden alumni. To bring students and young alumni with questions about their careers into contact with experienced alumni, Leiden University has established the Mentornetwerk. Students and young alumni can register for free.


Do you have questions about your (study) career choices and has the above information not been able to help you further? Please contact the study advisor Business Studies.