Career Prospects

Completion of this Master’s programme will provide you with a strong research background and a broad basic knowledge in both toxicology, environmental epidemiology, exposure assessment, and risk assessment. These will enable you to pursue a career in academia (a PhD) or in more applied directions including R&D (research and development), communication, or consultancy.

The fact that you have had the chance to acquire extensive experience in doing research independently in a major and minor research project will make you an attractive candidate for a position in the field of toxicology and environmental health or life sciences in general anywhere in the world.

Possible prospects

Depending on your choice of discipline and exit profile, you will be prepared for further PhD studies in fundamental or applied research or for a post at an academic level. The programme also aims to serve as a basis for the post-academic recognition and registration of students as toxicologists or epidemiologists.

There are many possible career opportunities varying from scientific research, journalism, and education to jobs in the private, public, or non-profit sector.

Academic careers

About 60% of our graduates pursue a career in academia and continue after completion of their Master’s programme onto a PhD position. Some of them stay with Utrecht University and enrol in the PhD programme Toxicology and Environmental Health. PhD positions with other Utrecht University groups are also quite common. Currently graduates are working on their PhD research with a wide range of Dutch and international universities.

Professional careers

Toxicological risk assessor

European legislation demands that risk assessments are available for all new and existing chemicals imported, produced, and applied in Europe. Risk assessments focus on the general population, consumers, workers, and the ecosystem. With an MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Health, you can work with industry, governments, and consultancies on these risk assessments.

Environmental risk assessor

Current and emerging sources of environmental contamination may lead to effects on the general public, environment, and ecosystems. Assessment, analysis, and modelling of this contamination is done by some of our graduates, either in research institutes or private consultancies. Risk communication may be an important part of their job.

Environmental health specialist

In municipal and regional public health services, experts are needed with a background in environmental health. Graduates from our programme hold positions with these health services both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Occupational hygienist

Some of our graduates work as occupational hygienists with regional or national occupational health services and institutes. They work on the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and prevention of hazards from work that may result in injury, illness, or affect the well-being of workers.

Facts & figures

Examples of where our MSc graduates work:

  • PhD positions - Utrecht University, Wageningen University, Erasmus University, University of Amsterdam, Radboud University, Maastricht University Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Aarhus University, University of Queensland etc.
  • Toxicological risk assessors - Akzo Nobel, RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health the Environment), European Chemical Bureau (ECB, Italy), Penman
  • Researchers in environmental health - Municipal health services, RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), Dutch and international consultancy companies
  • Occupational hygiene consultants - Occupational health services and institutes