Business specialisation

The business specialisation offers the opportunity to combine training in chemistry research with education in business and entrepreneurship. It enables science students to understand the fundamentals of business management and innovation. The emphasis is on science-driven organisations and on establishing new business based on the outcomes of scientific research. The BS programme is geared towards pursuing future career opportunities, both in academia and in industry. About 40% of the former BS-students have gone on to do a PhD, where most of the others found employment in industry as consultant or in a managerial position.

The programme consists of 30 EC research training project, 6 EC academic skills, 24 EC core courses, 20 EC electives and 40 EC specialisation-specific components. The specialisation is open to students from master's programmes from the Faculty of Science and the master's programme in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine (LUMC).

Students who opt for the Business Studies specialisation can choose between two different tracks.

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.

The specialisation-specific components for this track consist of Strategy (5 EC), Financial Management (3 EC), Marketing (3 EC), Technology and Operations Management (4 EC), Research Methods (5 EC) and a Business Studies Internship (20 EC).

New Technology Ventures track

The New Technology Ventures (NTV) track is for students with the ambition to create and manage novel businesses around new technologies generated in research. It offers an integrated programme that teaches students know-how and skills they will need in commercialising such technologies. Students learn to manage the iterative process, through which an entrepreneur researches the market, evaluates the competition, looks for a suitable niche in the industry, finds out what the product should look like, determines how to sell, and at what price, etc. Case studies, guest lectures, and practical assignments in the NTV track build on SBB’s close ties to the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Leiden BioScience Park, one of Europe’s leading high-tech clusters. Accordingly, the programme is geared towards applications in the life sciences (Health, Pharma and Biotech), with a side focus on the areas of instrumentation and data science.

The specialisation-specific components for this track consist of Entrepreneurial Opportunities (3 EC), Entrepreneurial Process (3 EC), Entrepreneurial Planning (6 EC), Financial Management (3 EC), Research Methods (5 EC) and a New Technology Ventures Assignment (20 EC).


The Business Studies specialisation is offered by the department of Science Based Business. More information and registration instructions for Business Studies is available on the SBB website. The Management track starts twice a year in September and February; the New Technology Ventures track starts in September (only if sufficient registrations).