Career Prospects

CPS graduates have many career prospects, either in the Netherlands or abroad.

Examples of future employers:

  • Universities and academic hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical or biomedical research institutes, such as Lygature and the Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry
    • Big companies such as Hoffmann-La Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, Pfizer, etc,
    • Smaller companies such as BioMarin, Genmab and PamGene
  • Companies linked to the pharmaceutical industry (pre-clinical/clinical research of drugs, such as NOTOX)
  • Registration authorities (CBG, EMA, FDA)
  • (Scientific) journals
  • Government agencies (RIVM)

To obtain a doctorate

Once you have finished your Master’s and would like to continue as a researcher, it is a logical step to become a PhD student. PhD students make an important contribution to the research of Utrecht University. A PhD project lasts four years and during these four years you will receive a salary.

    Furthermore, I really appreciated that CPS gave me the opportunity to gain some ‘real’ research experience by doing a research project within the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS)
    Caitlin Jie CPS PHD

    Possible careers

    Possible career opportunities after finishing CPS followed by a Master’s degree (and possibly combined with a doctorate) are:

    • Biomedical or pharmaceutical researcher
    • Medicinal chemist
    • (Pharmaco)-epidemiologist
    • Clinical research associate
    • Medicines regulator
    • Science-related professions: teacher, journalist, manager, administrator