Career Prospects

Solid fundament

Graduates of this programme carry out AI research in academic or R&D environments, and they identify how AI techniques can provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organisations. We want to emphasise that the programme does not focus on particular products or tools from specific vendors; instead, we study underlying techniques and methods that are of a longer lasting value.

Academic Careers 


Students interested in research, can apply for a PhD position after graduation. Such positions are regularly available within the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Intelligent Systems group at Utrecht University. There are ample contacts with other universities as well, partly through the Dutch research school SIKS (School for Knowledge and Information Systems). Some positions are sponsored by companies or the Dutch research council. Graduates may also find challenging positions in R&D departments of international companies, governments, and the banking and insurance sectors.

Professional Careers 


Graduates interested in a career in industry are well qualified for jobs in many different areas, such as banking, insurance, consultancy, government policy, telecommunications, consumer electronics, Agent oriented software companies, etc.

Their tasks may consist of developing new products and applications or directing such activities. Graduates can also choose the exciting path of creating a start-up company in an emerging market.

>> Check out AI job openings in the Netherlands and abroad!

Find our alumni

Curious about the jobs our alumni got? Browse the LinkedIn profiles of some of our graduates. 

Find out where they work, what they do and what their skills are.

Companies really like students from this Master's, because they are trained in both computer science and the social part. Because of this, they are able to act as a bridge between the managers and the computer scientists.
Lucy van Oostveen

International students

Learning Dutch

If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organisation, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as or can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University you receive a 15% discount on their course offerings.

After graduation

If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.