Career prospects

The Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology programme aims to prepare students for PhD study in one of the participating or associated groups. Alternatively, students leaving after obtaining their MSc degree will profit from a solid education in molecular genetics, in addition to their specialised knowledge of developmental biology.

Possible prospects

MSc graduates trained in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of biomedical genetics are in great demand. They will find their way to:

  • academic research
  • research institutes (fundamental research)
  • biotechnology
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • policy-making organisations in science and health care
  • education

Academic careers

By the end of their Master’s programme, the majority of our students already have secured a PhD position within the Research School of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology or elsewhere in Utrecht, the Netherlands, or abroad. Even of the foreign students (about 30% of our students are non-Dutch), the majority tend to stay on in Utrecht to continue their studies in PhD positions.

Academic and professional knowledge and skills

The biomedical sciences Master's programme in Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology focuses on understanding processes underlying cancer and developmental biology using techniques and applications of genomic and post-genomic research including next generation sequencing, expression profiling, proteomics, advanced microscopy, bioinformatics, and systems biology approaches. Students of this programme will learn to explore the mysteries of embryonic growth, stem cells, signalling, gene regulation, evolution, and development in relation to health and disease.

The aim of this Research Master's programme is to offer education and training that builds on the growing knowledge of and methodology in information technology applied to biomedical systems and processes. The Master’s students will be trained to approach multidisciplinary problems starting from their own scientific discipline.

Students will find their way in this field of research by active participation in solving one or more biological or biomedical research questions. The programme mainly consists of practical research projects and in addition, offers a choice of theoretical courses.

The Master’s programme offers practical training in the Utrecht based research groups, as well as in affiliated groups at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam.

The programme aims at attracting the most talented and motivated students of life sciences from the Netherlands and abroad.

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.