Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business Studies, 2018-2019

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business Studies is a specialisation of the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences of Leiden University. Students in this Master’s programme are trained for a research career in drug research and development. Each of the three research specialisations corresponds to major research themes of the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR). The remaining four BPS tracks consists of a research component in combination with a specialisation on Business Studies (BS), Science Communication and Society (SCS), Education (EDU) or Industrial Pharmacy (IP).

The specialisation Business Studies (BS) provides knowledge and skills in the area of Management, Business and Entrepreneurship. Its focus is on their application in science- and research-driven organisations. Its purpose is to broaden the horizon, to form an opinion on and prepare for a career in industry and to enhance competencies for pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities created through science and research (Research Based Business; RBB).

Programme BPS research component

  • the Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the specialisation corresponding to the division at which Research Project 1 is performed (5 EC)
  • a research project of 49 EC in one of the research groups of the LACDR, including 5 EC for a thesis and 2 EC for an oral presentation
  • one of the lecture series listed below (4 EC)
  • the course Advanced Academic Skills and Career Orientation (3 EC)
  • Optional: extension of the BPS research subprogramme by attending additional lecture series of BPS or other courses in life sciences or medicine (0—20 EC)
    The choices for lecture series and research project will be made in concert with an advisor.

Programme BS component
Completion of the specialisation BS requires a minimum of 40 EC and a maximum of 60 EC from the BS courses. This includes

  • Business Research Methods (5 EC), and either
  • Management track: Management courses (15 EC) and Management Internship (20-40 EC), or
  • New Venture track: New Venture courses (15 EC) and New Venture Assignment (20-40 EC), and either
  • Business Electives (< 20 EC), or extension of the BPS research subprogramme by attending additional lecture series of BPS or other courses in life sciences or medicine (0—20 EC)

Course information on the BS courses can obtained from the BS website.

First and Second Year

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