Career prospects

During the Master’s programme, you will be challenged to determine which career perspective best fits your talents and interests. We will guide and support you to focus your programme on obtaining all the skills required for a certain career path.

Academic career

A number of our graduates continue on to PhD studies. Utrecht University provides ample opportunities for PhD research. However, there are also excellent opportunities to perform your PhD research elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.

Non-academic careers

Our graduates are highly qualified for research and management positions in an applied environment.

Innovative companies with knowledge-intensive products are a key job market for our students. However, there are also opportunities for management positions in consultancy firms, government organizations, and other institutions. Graduates are working at:

  • Consultancy firms (CapGemini, McKinsey, Boston
  • Consulting Group, PwC, Accenture, Berenschot);
  • Financial institutions (ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Kempen & Co);
  • Governments (Ministry of Economic Affairs);
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical companies (Roche, AkzoNobel, DSM, AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson);
  • Fast moving Consumer Goods companies (L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter and Gamble);

Graduates of this programme have also started their own companies.

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.

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.