Biology: Biology and Science-Based Business, 2017-2018

The specialisation Biology and Science Based Business (SBB) 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 4 September, 2017 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 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.

Year 2: SBB

The coordinator of the Science-Based Business component of the programme is:
Prof.dr. S. Jong Kon Chin, email: s.jong@liacs.leidenuniv.nl

Science-Based Business
The Science Based Business component comprises at least 40 EC. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from either SBB Management and/or SBB NTV courses and electives, or from the MSc programme of choice. 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 SBB Management track which encompasses minimally the following modules:
  • Strategy: level 400, 5 EC
  • Marketing (SBB): level 400: 3 EC
  • Financial Management: level 400, 3 EC
  • Technology and Operations Management: level 400, 4 EC
  • Business Research Methods: level 500, 5 EC
  • SBB Business Studies Internship: level 600, 20-40 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
  • Business Research Methods: level 400: 5 EC
  • New Technology Ventures Assignment: level 600, 20-30 EC

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

  • Business Research Essay: level 600, 10 EC
  • Decision and Risk Analysis: level 400, 3 EC
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship: level 400, 3 EC
  • Organisational Behaviour: level 400, 4 EC
  • Other SBB electives

Registration:

For more information about the Science-Based Business programme and registration for the courses see: E-prospectus Science-Based Business

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Description

The specialisation Science Based Business 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 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 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 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.

Science-Based Business
The Science Based Business component comprises at least 40 EC. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from either SBB Management and/or SBB 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.

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

  1. The SBB Management track which encompasses minimally the following modules:
  • Strategy: level 400, 5 EC
  • Marketing (SBB): level 400: 3 EC
  • Financial Management: level 400, 3 EC
  • Technology and Operations Management: level 400, 4 EC
  • Business Research Methods: level 500, 5 EC
  • SBB Business Studies Internship: level 600, 20-40 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
  • Business Research Methods: level 400: 5 EC
  • New Technology Ventures Assignment: level 600, 20-30 EC

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

  • Business Research Essay: level 600, 10 EC
  • Decision and Risk Analysis: level 400, 3 EC
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship: level 400, 3 EC
  • Organisational Behaviour: level 400, 4 EC
  • Other SBB electives

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 SBB courses fitting in the context of business. Decisions on exemptions and substitutions are taken by the Board of Examiners.

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