Career prospects

On this page you will find information about possible career prospects for both academic and non-academic careers.

Academic careers

After the Energy Science Master’s programme, students can pursue a PhD degree, which can ultimately lead to professions in scientific research and education.

Alumni Stories

  • Floor van der Hilst, Energy and Resources group of the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University
    “Working for the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, which is one of the world leading institutes on this topic, enables me to do high quality sustainability research with experts of various disciplines. My work consists of both research and education. As a researcher I coordinate multiple international research projects on sustainability of bioenergy and supervise several PhD candidates and junior researchers in their research. As a teacher in the Energy Science master, I teach about current and future sustainability challenges related to the energy and resource system and equip students with multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to deal with these complex problems in their future professions.”
Read the full interview with Floor

Non-academic careers

Our interdisciplinary programme aims to educate students to become professionals who can contribute to the transition towards a sustainable energy system as change agents in academia, businesses, governments, and societal organizations. Given the rapid developments in the field, energy professionals are in high demand.

Energy Science graduates have found jobs as consultant, researcher, policy advisor, project manager or entrepreneur at for example:

  • Consultancy companies
  • Government
  • NGO’s
  • Energy companies
  • Grid operators
  • Academia
  • etc.

Alumni Stories

  • Oskar Meijerink, Project Leader Future Fuels, SkyNRG
    “Energy Science offers a very good basis. During the programme, students are prepped to ultimately ensure the implementation of new technology in business. The cliché that you can make the link between technology and business within a company has definitely rung true. Ultimately, it is not so much about the subjects you are taught, but more about the academic way of thinking and analyzing. When you start your first job that way of thinking really helps you acquire the specific professional knowledge you need.”
Read the full interview with Oskar

Career development

Academic and professional knowledge and skills

After having completed the Master's programme in Energy Science, you will:

  • Have technical and natural scientific knowledge on how society produces and uses energy
  • Have knowledge on the consequences of energy production and use for people, the economy, the environment and future generations
  • Be familiar with the most important research methods for energy system analysis and can apply these methods in research on energy and material systems.
  • Be able to design strategies to make energy systems sustainable and place those in a multidisciplinary context.
  • Be able to conduct new interdisciplinary research on energy systems at various scales (micro, regional, national and international) in a creative and independent way
  • Be able to work in a multidisciplinary setting and communicate research results and conclusions to a public of specialist and non-specialists.
  • Have insight in the science-society interface and be able to reflect critically upon the roles of science and technology in society.

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 support on UU Career Services for Dutch students or UU Career Services for international students.

UU Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. The Careers Day 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.