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Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

Career prospects

Graduates of the master Biomedical Sciences have good career perspectives: 90 % find employment within 6 months of graduation (source: WO monitor). You can fulfill different roles in society depending on your specialisation of choice.

Specialisations in Biomedical Sciences

After completion of the master programme you have gained academic knowledge, insight, skills and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences. You adopted an academic attitude which prepared you for an academic career and postgraduate education as well as for a career in teaching or another career outside academia.

Even though you are equipped for a variety of different jobs as graduate of the master Biomedical Sciences, there are some differences in job opportunities depending on the specialisation you choose:

Research specialisation

You are very well prepared for a further scientific career in research. Many of our graduates enter a PhD position first, before ending up in research careers in and outside academia. A job in research usually also involves research management and/or academic teaching.

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Management specialisation

You gained knowledge and skills in the area of management, business or entrepreneurship. Your career might possibly head towards science- and research driven companies where you can fulfill positions like (project) manager or coordinator.

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Communication specialisation

You can fulfill the role of mediator between science and society, between researcher and layman. This could, for instance, be in the field of science journalism, museology, policy-making or public relations.

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Education specialisation

You have gained knowledge and skills in the area of teaching in biology. After successful completion of the specialisation you obtain a teaching certificate recognized by the Dutch authorities. 

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Health specialisation

Many of these graduates enter a PhD position first, before ending up in training to become a medical specialist.

Positions held by our alumni

All students with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences are admissible to a PhD programme.

Irrespective of the specialisation chosen, graduates of all specialisations are well prepared for a career in scientific biomedical research. In addition, our alumni often find employment in the following sectors of the job market. 
Source: Nationale Alumni Enquête 2017).

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