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In addition to your SBP year, you will follow a regular 60 ECTS master’s year, containing at least one scientific research project. Thus, the total master’s degree programme will take two years (120 ECTS).

Most students do their SBP year after they have finished their regular master’s year. However, you are allowed to take the two 10 ECTS courses of the SBP-track even during your first master’s year, which may be useful in case you are planning to conduct your work placement abroad or if you are unsure in which direction you would like to specialize. The subsequent SBP work placement (40 ECTS), however, may only be conducted during your second master’s year, because it has an entry requirement: you will need to have successfully completed your scientific master’s research.

Requirements work placement


Science, Business & Policy is accessible to most students from FSE.

This is subject to the following limitations:

  • Students in Industrial Engineering and Management can do the Introduction Science & Business and Introduction Science & Policy modules.
  • Students in the Applied Sciences cannot do the SBP-track.
  • Students from a research master or top master cannot do the SBP-track in their two-year master program.
  • Students who follow the Pharmacy master cannot do the SBP work placement. However, they can do the first two modules, Introduction Science & Business, and Introduction Science & Policy. Pharmaceutical Sciences students do have access to the SBP-track.

For practically all FSE students, it is also possible to do the SBP-track extracurricular. Ask your study advisor for the details within your own specialisation! If you want to know whether SBP is the right choice for you, please contact us.

Starting dates

The Science, Business & Policy programme starts annually in September.

Enrol on April 1!

You can enrol via Progress from April 1 onward.

Until 14 April, second-year master students planning to follow the full SBP-track (courses plus work placement) will have priority over students planning only to take the courses; after this date, the order of registration will determine the priority. Anyone who registers before 14 April will know around 20 April whether he/she will be admitted to SBP.

After confirmation students need to make sure to register in studielink for this track as well.

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