Study Programme

EC = European credits

Science and Business Management is a fulltime, two-year Master’s programme (120 EC). During these 2 years the curriculum of the programme gradually shifts from performing scientific research towards having a career in industry or a business.

Year 1

Major Research Project (51 EC)

The programme starts off with a research internship project within one of the research groups at either the Faculty of Science or the associated research groups of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

  • The internship is focused on your scientific area of expertise (BSc education).
  • Your scientific knowledge and background is determinative on the internship of choice.
  • The internship is 36 weeks (9 months) and consist of 51 EC. However in case of deficiencies this can be shortened in favor of extra programme related courses (max 9 EC Bachelor courses).
  • The research internship must be science related and is subject to approval by the programme coordinator and the Board of Examiners.

Course part (7,5 EC)

The course part of the first year consists of programme related courses (5 EC) that should be linked to your Major Research Project and a compulsory orientation course (2,5 EC). See the courses pages for detailed course descriptions and options. 

Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)

During the course of the Master’s programme, you are required to attend the Introducing Life Sciences week, at least seven Life Sciences seminars, and three workshops of the Navigation Towards Personal Excellence programme.

Year 2

Course part (33 EC)

The second year starts off with an intensive half year of course work on business related topics (FBE). See the courses pages for detailed course descriptions and options. 

Business Internship (27 EC)

At the final phase of your master's programme you will perform an business internship at a company of choice. The internship topic preferably combines business and science. It can be completed with companies ranging from a consultancy firm, advising multinationals on their research policies, to a small biotech start-up working on business development or marketing analysis. Students will be encouraged to ensure that their company internship ties into their own personal scientific background. A university (UU) supervisor supports the student on the internship to identify and solve possible problems at an early stage and is involved in grading.

Prior to the start of the internship, a clear formulation of a problem that will be the subject of investigation has to be approved by the Programme Coordinator and the Board of Examiners. The approximately five-month internship (27 EC) includes practical work and a writing assignment.

The topic of the research must have a link to the theory presented in the course content. This academic question must be answered and then incorporated into the final writing assignment.