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. 

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A Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognition offers you many career prospects. Graduates continue on to universities and research institutes, teaching hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry. They may hold policy and management positions in the science, industry, and healthcare sectors.

Graduates have many career opportunities, such as:

  • Researcher (as a PhD student) in one of the academic hospitals (disease-oriented research)
  • Researcher (as a PhD student) in a research institute, either national or international (fundamental research in the various areas of the neurosciences)
  • The pharmaceutical industry provides ample opportunities (research and development)
  • Policy and management functions in science, industry, and healthcare
  • Clinical settings (neuropsychologist, clinical physicist)

Over the past years, 95% of all students in the Master in Neuroscience and Cognition programme were already employed before graduating. Of these, 25% were approached for a PhD project by one of the research institutes in Utrecht.

  • Teaching hospitals (disease-oriented research)
  • Research institutes (fundamental research in the various areas of the neurosciences)
  • Pharmaceutical industry (research and development)
  • Science, industry, and healthcare sectors (policy and management positions, applied science and design)
  • Clinical settings (neuropsychologist, clinical physicist)

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.

Neurosciences looks at the biological reality of psychological ideas. You study things like how the brain shapes human experiences, how emotions are directed and how language works. Very modern and relevant.
Jeroen van Baar
doctorate student at Radboud University

“During my bachelor at University College Utrecht, I studied Neurosciences, a subject that fitted in well with my interest in Psychology and Biology. That is why I opted for this Master's. Neurosciences looks at the biological reality of psychological ideas. You study things like how the brain shapes human experiences, how emotions are directed and how language works. Very modern and relevant.

First of all, you follow a course of ten weeks with about 50 students. Every field is covered. That is followed by the research component, which consists of two research internships lasting nine and six months. And you have optional courses to follow in between.

I completed two internships, with the second one being located in Paris. My first internship was about how music and language work in the brain. We put people in an MRI scanner and got them to listen to sentences or snatches of music. During my second internship, I was searching for the 'location' of the heartbeat in the brain. The way the brain monitors the heartbeat is probably linked to emotion.

Unfortunately, the internships were too short to analyse enough data for the purposes of a publication, but they were excellent preparation for my present work. I learned two techniques that are really useful now. I had to do some extra studying when I got here but, as a doctorate student in Nijmegen, I can still study additional subjects in the Master's programme."

Jeroen van Baar (24) is a doctorate student at Radboud University. In 2014, he wrote a book, The Performance Generation, about his generation of students.