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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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

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.

StudentsInc

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.

UtrechtInc

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.

Enactus

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.

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.

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 www.academictransfer.nl.

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.

One of the good things about this Master's is that there are so many options
Maartje Kleintjes
Royal HaskoningDHV

“I can use everything I learned during my Master's for my work. I provide businesses with information and advice about safety relating to, for instance, chemical substances: how do you deal with them, how do you work with them safely, what does the law have to say about using the substances and how can I make sure that the right information about the substance gets to the right people?

I knew early on that I wanted a career in business and so I opted for the management rather than the research track. So instead of a second internship, I followed the Fundamentals of Business and Economics for six months, followed by the Science & Business Management Master's, during which I took the financial subjects, and courses in economics and business studies. I also followed a master class with fellow students and environmental professionals from the corporate sector.

One of the really good things about this Master's is that there are so many options. You study subjects relating to epidemiology and toxicology, and you can choose from different directions, even during your first internship for the university. You can also follow courses organised for other Master's programmes."