Career prospects

Students obtain an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology, which prepares them for a subsequent PhD programme or a career as an epidemiologist in various settings.

Academic and Professional Knowledge and Skills

Students will acquire extensive knowledge and practical skills in epidemiologic research design and implementation, quantitative analysis, and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The knowledge and skills gained will form a solid basis for health research and disease control programmes, including applications in developing countries.

After graduation, students obtain an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology, which prepares them for a subsequent PhD programme or a career as an epidemiologist in settings such as academia, privately funded and governmental public health organisations, and human or veterinary medicine or industry, including pharmaceutical development.

  • Clinical Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases focus on fundamental and applied epidemiological research in human and veterinary medicine, research, and consultancy. It offers advice in health and veterinary organisations or in business or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Pharmacoepidemiology focuses on fundamental and applied research on drug benefits, risks, and utilisation at universities and research institutes, in various health organisations or in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology focuses on research in environmental and occupational epidemiology in academic, privately funded, or governmental health organisations.

Possible prospects

Epidemiologists may enter positions in local, regional, and state health agencies where they address public health issues and are involved in research on the distribution and determinants of disease and disabilities. They can also obtain positions in health sciences research programmes in hospitals, academic medical centres, or pharmaceutical companies. 

Academic careers

Students that have successfully completed the Epidemiology Master’s degree stand a good chance of acquiring a PhD position either in the Netherlands or abroad. Along with gaining an internationally accredited diploma, many students will have made valuable career contacts during their studies.

Facts & Figures

Graduates from this programme have found jobs at:

  • UMC Utrecht
  • Utrecht University
  • RIVM
  • Danone Nutricia Research
  • University of Liverpool
  • UMC Groningen
  • KWF
  • Wageningen University
  • Sanquin Research
  • TNO
  • AMC
  • Maastricht University
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • VUMC
  • GD Animal Health Centre
  • Ghent University
  • Dorcas Aid Health

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.