There are various career opportunities after graduating with a degree in Applied Ethics. A recent survey shows that around 30% of our graduates work at a university today, either as teachers or as PhD students. After finishing the programme, you are also able to teach ethics to professionals or to work as a consultant in governmental and diplomatic services. Some of our alumni work in journalism or in various NGOs or banks.

A recent survey shows that students that have graduated from this programme are currently working in the following areas:

  • Research and teaching at universities (27%)
  • Teaching ethics to professionals (13%)
  • Healthcare and veterinary organizations (11%)
  • Consultancy (9%)
  • International organisations and diplomatic services (7%)
  • Sustainability and environmental organizations (5%)
  • Management and human resources (4%)
  • Writing and journalism (4%)

Alumni of this programme have found jobs in several fields of the labour market. Here are some examples of jobs in which an expertise of ethics is required.

  • Myrthe Lenselink works as a Junior Adviser at the Netherlands Centre for Ethics and Health.
  • Gerard Versteeg currently studies Applied Ethics and is also a lecturer at HAN University of Applied Sciences.
  • One of our alumni is a Product Developer at ASN Bank in the Netherlands. He works on products from the very first stages of forming ideas through the turnkey delivery. 
  • Another alumna is a Junior Advisor at KPMG, a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. 
  • Also, one of our alumni works as a Senior Policy Advisor for school board governance at the Ministry of Education in Canada. He is a policy analyst moving cabinet submissions and regulatory amendments through the decision-making process.

The Master in Applied Ethics is not especially focused on academic research; however, it does provide students with skills necessary for an academic career. Approximately 25-30% of our students eventually attain a PhD position at universities both in the Netherlands and abroad.

  • Hafez Ismaili m'Hamdi is a PhD student at the Erasmus Medical Centre. His research focuses on the ethics of preconception care.
  • Another former student works as a post-doctoral researcher for the division of Medical Ethics in the Julius Center of the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Her post-doctoral research includes patient participation in the benefit-risk assessment of scientific committees, ethically problematic trials, and the regulatory assessment and use of data.

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:

  • A new one-year Master's degree programme in Business Development and Entrepreneurship will start at the Utrecht School of Economics in September 2016. It will make you an expert at creating the prerequisites for running a successful business.
  • If you have a background in Economics and Business, check out International Economics and Business.
  • If you have a background in Science or Medicine, you can take classes Science and Business Management classes.
  • If you're interested in sustainable business practices and sustainable innovation, take an elective at Sustainable Business and Innovation.

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.

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

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.