Science and Business Management is a full-time, two-year Master’s programme of 120 ECTS. 

EC = credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

The master’s programme consists of two years, in which the focus gradually shifts from performing scientific research towards having a career in industry or a business.

First year

The programme starts off with a research project within one of the research groups at either the Science Faculty (UU or UMCU) or the associated research groups of the Graduate School Life Sciences. The internship is focused on your scientific area of expertise (ie. BSc education). Your scientific knowledge and background is determinative on the internship of choice. The project is 39 weeks (9 montsh) and consist of 51 credits. However in case of deficiencies the project can be shortened in favor of extra theoretical courses (max 9 ECTS, Bachelor courses). The research internship must be science related and is subject to approval by the programme coordinator and the Board of Examiners.

Second year

The second year starts off with an intensive half year of course work on business related topics (FBE). The course consists of economic environment, management skills, organization, marketing, management accounting, operations management, entrepreneurship and several workshops. The final half year you will use your business knowledge in an internship at a national or international company. The internship must be sufficiently challenging and is subject to approval by the coordinator and board of examiners.


Year 1:

Research Project (with Applied Component )   51-42 EC
Theoretical courses      5- 14 EC
SBM course: Orientation on presentation and career  2.5 EC
Life Sciences Academy: 7 Life sciences seminars (5 Life sciences, 2 seminars own choice, must be approved) and 3 workshops NTPE 1.5 EC  

Year 2:

Several Courses on Fundamentals of Business and economics (FBE)

33 EC
  • Business Research Analytics
  • Operations management
  • Strategic management and Innovation
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Financial management
  • Entrepreneurship       
Business Internship     27 EC

Business Internship

At the final phase of the master program 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.