The Alumnitool on LinkedIn can help you gain insight into possible careers after you finish your degree. It can also help you get in contact with an alumnus or alumna of your degree programme or other programmes. Nearly all graduates have a LinkedIn profile and can answer questions about your future career. They’re often more than happy to share their experiences with you. The video belows explains how the alumnitool works, and how you can use search criteria to find career information that is relevant to you. 

Would you like to know more about how you can use LinkedIn to expand your network and put the new information into practice straight away? Take the LinkedIn workshop from Career Services. The workshop Exploring the job market & networking is also useful if you'd like to improve your networking skills, using LinkedIn and other ways. 

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, and offer advice in health and veterinary organisations or in the business world 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.

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. 

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.

  • 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

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.


Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.


Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.


Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

As a doctor, you know - for example - that smoking can cause lung cancer, and you learn to treat the disease. As an epidemiologist, you look at the smokers: who smokes, what things do they have in common, what other illnesses do they contract, and how do they live? What typifies the smoker? You try to find ways of getting them to quit and prevent, for example, lung cancer.
Saurabh Zalpuri
Medical Communications Manager at Excerpta Medics BV

“The Epidemiology Master's in Utrecht is one of the best in the world. The fact that I was able to start my doctorate in Leiden immediately after completing my Master's in 2008, and that I got a job with MSD in Oss, was certainly related to the fact that I did this Master's in Utrecht.

After training to be a doctor, I became interested in epidemiology: that means looking at the disease as a whole. As a doctor, you know - for example - that smoking can cause lung cancer, and you learn to treat the disease. As an epidemiologist, you look at the smokers: who smokes, what things do they have in common, what other illnesses do they contract, and how do they live? What typifies the smoker? You try to find ways of getting them to quit and prevent, for example, lung cancer.

I learned most during my studies from the two internships. During the first year, there are a lot of theoretical courses. On my first internship with Epidemiology at the university, I was involved in cardiovascular research. I learned to put theory into practice. During my second internship, I also wrote my Master’s thesis. I completed my internship with the Aids Foundation East West, an NGO that is involved in the fight against HIV in Central and Eastern Europe. The two internships really do prepare you well for the real world.

When MSD decided to move back to America, I went looking for another job. I'm now working for Exerpta Medica. I have an independent position, establishing communications between a pharmaceutical company and, for example, doctors and patient groups.”

Saurabh Zalpuri (32) is a Medical Communications Manager at Excerpta Medics BV. Saurabh was born in India, studied medicine in Moscow, and completed his Master's in Clinical Epidemiology in Utrecht.