Career options

After completing this programme, you will be welcome in many areas of society: the government, the industrial sector, university research, the medical world, education and the business community. Examples include research departments and the management of multinational corporations, engineering and advisory agencies, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and even the Forensic Institute. Other examples are banks and insurance companies that need models for identifying risks and predicting financial developments.

Completing a PhD

You can start an academic career with a doctoral programme at the EEMCS Graduate School. Leading research is conducted at the faculty of EEMCS in the fields of Mathematics under supervision by renowned professors and lecturers. You will work in a heterogeneous, international environment and will continue to deepen and broaden your knowledge in the four years in the Graduate School Doctoral Education Programme. Ultimately, you will write a dissertation, incorporating your contribution to science. After you have successfully defended your doctoral dissertation, you may call yourself Dr. Ir. (PhD).

Starting work

There are plenty of opportunities. You can start working as a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research and NanoScience at TU Delft, or you can work on the development of MRI scans at Philips. Other possibilities include: consultant at McKinsey, financial advisor at ING bank, sustainable energy policy officer or infrastructure planner. You will often work in a team consisting of, among others, electrical engineers, computer scientists, lawyers and economists. A few examples:

  • You work on the development of a new machine.
  • You analyse business problems and advise companies on their market position.
  • You develop medical devices that allow a living body to be examined without damaging it.

You can also start working as a teacher in a secondary school, a professor at a university or a science information officer at a newspaper.

Salary indication

The average gross entry level salary of a mathematics and physics graduate is €2,850 a month. Recent graduates generally find paid employment within one-and-a-half months (source: Higher Education Monitor, 2013).

Alumni share their experiences

Employer: ORTEC
Position: Solution Consultant
Graduated: 2012

Frank Tabak

'As a Solution Consultant at ORTEC, I am working for Air France-KLM on their revenue management system. I am working out new functionalities and improvements to the system to ensure it remains state-of-the-art. In my job, I am mainly involved in big data analyses, testing and research.'

Employer: Ernst & Young en Universiteit van Amsterdam
Position: Advisor en promovendus
Graduated: 2013

Jarno Hartog

'At Ernst & Young, I advise organisations in the design, implementation and validation of models for market and credit risk and am involved in valuing complex financial instruments.
My doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam is about the design of optimal statistical procedures for classification problems in networks.'

Employer: ABN AMRO
Position: Market Risk Officer
Graduated: 2014


Merel Stout

'I started at ABN AMRO as a risk trainee in 2014. I now work at Market Risk Management in the dealing room, where I analyse the risks of the Foreign Exchange Trading Desk.'

Read more about: Students' experiences

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