Career prospects

Career prospects include scientific research, science journalism, and education along with jobs in the private, public or non-profit sectors. Depending on the career perspectives that appeal to you most, you can choose between different profiles

Academic and Professional Knowledge and Skills

Biology of Disease graduates are (cardiovascular) researchers who have shown the ability to acquire in-depth knowledge of cardiovascular research and other clinical specialisations within their Master’s programme. All graduates are skilled in modern and sophisticated techniques and know how and when to use them. The interdisciplinary approach, in which fundamental research is translated into clinical settings, prepares graduates not only for a scientific career, but also for a career outside academia where biomedical knowledge connects with business, economics, management, communication, and education.

Academic careers

Graduates find PhD positions in:

  • The Graduate School of Life Sciences-PhD programmes, in particular Cardiovascular Research
  • National and international institutions partnered with Utrecht University research institutes
  • Various other national and international institutes

Facts & figures

About 70% of the graduates become a PhD candidate, 15% start a career in a science-related field (e.g. jobs in the medical, technical, or pharmaceutical industry, or science journalism), 10% continue the academic career in a new study programme (forensic sciences, (veterinary) medicine, teaching) and 5% leave the world of Life Sciences behind.

UU Career Services

UU Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an application letter and CV and conducting a job interview. You can find more information about career services on UU Career Services for Dutch students or UU Career Services for international students.

UU Career Days

Once a year Utrecht University organises Career Days. The Career Days offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to join a job application training or have your resume checked.