After graduation

What can you do with an academic degree?

In contrast to a vocational education, a university education does not train you for a specific profession. An academic degree demonstrates that you have achieved a level of academic work and thinking capability. It gives you the basis after your studies to head out in all kinds of direction.

Only a few students enter the job market upon completing their Bachelor’s; nearly all of them go on to a Master’s programme. With a Master’s you can work in a wide variety of professional fields. You can continue in science, or find a position in business or in the policy or consulting sector. You can also go directly into communications or teaching; it all depends on what you specialise in.

Associated Master’s programmes

Below you will find the associated Master’s programmes that you can take following your Global Sustainability Science Bachelor’s. Depending on the content of your Bachelor’s programme, particularly your electives, you can also be accepted into another Master’s programme at Utrecht University or elsewhere.

Obtaining a PhD position

When you have completed a Master's programme and you are certain that you want to continue as a researcher, you can choose to do a PhD in your field. A PhD track takes four years and concludes with a dissertation with which you will be awarded a doctorate. Doctoral students - also known as PhDs - make an important contribution to Utrecht's research.

Career perspectives

Governments and businesses are increasingly putting sustainability on their agendas. They need people with your qualifications badly. This new programme provides you with a fantastic basis for an international career, which will be the envy of many. As a broadly trained interlocutor, bridge-builder and problem-solver, you’re thoroughly competent and knowledgeable. You can analyse issues, grasp them from a variety of perspectives, and formulate solidly-grounded conclusions. Your line of reasoning has an impact on organisations and on people with conflicting interests. You’re able to bring them together. Not only thanks to your expertise, but also because you communicate clearly and are an excellent team player. You can really achieve something great!

Managers and administrators of private and government organisations need consultants like you to help develop sustainability policies or organise sustainable production chains. You might also set up your own sustainable production chain, webshop or international sustainability consultancy. Perhaps in the future you’ll become a ‘Healthy Water Specialist’, ‘Sustainable Business Inspirator’ or ‘Nature-People Mediator’. You can of course also contribute to furthering sustainability by becoming a researcher/scientist.