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. 

Infectious diseases and immunity disorders affect a large part of the population. Therefore, highly trained scientists in infection and immunity are needed for developing fast diagnostic procedures, effective treatment, and preventative measures such as vaccines in order to minimise the impact for individual patients and society.

The number of international students varies between 10 and 25%.

Per year 1 - 2 students with a Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences are accepted onto the programme.

About 40 - 50% of I&I students perform their second research project abroad at leading universities or institutes.

About 75% of our graduates continue by joining a PhD programme and have continued their academic career at:

  • UMC Utrecht or another university medical center in the Netherlands;
  • NKI (Netherlands Cancer Institute);
  • Karolinska Institutet Stockholm, SWE;
  • University College London, GB;
  • Stanford University, CA, USA;
  • Rockefeller University, NY, USA; or

Harvard University/ Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA

MSc graduates trained in both fundamental and translational aspects of infection and immunity are in great demand. They will find their way into:

 

  • Research in academic hospitals;
  • Research institutes (fundamental research);
  • Biotechnology;
  • The pharmaceutical industry;
  • Policy - making organisations in science and health care; and 
  • Education
  • Recruitment consulting for life sciences;
  • Project managing in health care;
  • IT consulting

By the end of their Master’s programme, the majority of our students have secured a PhD position within the field of infection and immunity either in Utrecht or elsewhere in the Netherlands. Several of our alumni have been accepted onto PhD programmes at prestigious international universities.

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.

It's quite a switch from the courses to the internship, particularly the working routine, but it soon turned out to be really enjoyable. You start off with reading some literature and planning the internship, then you will do your first experiments in the lab under supervision, but soon you can work on your own.
Arianne Brandsma
PhD student at the Labratory of Translational Immunology UMC Utrecht

“The first six weeks of the Master's you will follow the courses Clinical Immunology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, and Virology. These courses are pretty intense, but also very interesting and interactive and they give you a good level of knowledge before you start your first internship.

During my first internship, I worked within a research group that I had already got to know over a period of ten weeks during my Bachelor’s Biomedical Sciences. It's quite a switch from the courses to the internship, particularly the working routine, but it soon turned out to be really enjoyable. You start off with reading some literature and planning the internship, then you will do your first experiments in the lab under supervision, but soon you can work on your own.  Being able to independently perform experiments for the first time is really a great feeling.

You will do two internships: one in Infection and the other in Immunity. My first internship was in Immunity, so I looked for an Infection-based research group for my second internship. During the Infection & Immunity Symposium there was a group leader from the Max-Planck-Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, and he talked about his research on malaria vaccines. This sounded really interesting to me, so after the presentation I asked him whether they take on students for an internship.  I contacted him a few months later to actually arrange my internship in this group. But you can also arrange an internship abroad through the coordinator of the Master’s programme.

I now have a job as a PhD student in the lab where I completed my first internship. The head of the group asked me at the time whether I might be interested in coming back. I did take a look around at different research groups but I liked this group the best and this is the research that I find most interesting. I am working on antibodies that can kill tumour cells and the receptors that those antibodies can bind to.”

Arianne Brandsma (24), is a PhD student at the Labratory of Translational Immunology UMC Utrecht.