M.Sc. On Campus

Biology and Business Studies

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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At the Biology and Business Studies MSc programme at Leiden University, you combine high quality research in Biology with training in management and entrepreneurship.


The Biology and Business Studies MSc programme at Leiden University bridges science and business by focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making.

You will learn about analytical frameworks and skills for managerial decision making. The emphasis of the Biology and Business Studies specialisation, at Leiden University, is on the application of these frameworks and skills in the context of R&D-intensive organisations. After completion, you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to take on managerial responsibilities in your work.

Do you pursue a management career in industry from a Biology research perspective? Do you want to learn all about technology commercialization and business development? Then, Biology and Business Studies is the master’s specialisation of choice for you. It enables you to broaden your scope outside biology research. The Business Studies specialisation offers training that is analytically rigorous and connected to practice through class discussions based on real-life business cases, company visits, guest speakers, and an internship experience.

Career Opportunities

  • Approximately half of our graduates choose a career in scientific research, many as a PhD student. Universities, research institutes, and medical centres are the major employers. 
  • Other alumni work at consultancy agencies or in the public domain as policy-makers, science communicators or teachers. 
  • Graduates also occupy management positions or have project responsibilities in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial sectors, from bioscience-based companies to environmental management agencies. Some students even start their own company.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Research Project Biology 
  • Advanced theory – courses and lectures 
  • Management courses
  • Business Research Methods
  • Business Electives 
  • Management Internship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree in Biology or in a Biology-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply.
  • Biology-related programmes include e.g. natural sciences, life science, biomedical sciences, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, etc.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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