After graduation

After graduating in History, you can choose to enter the labour market or continue your studies. On this page we have listed a number of possibilities for you.

What can you do with a History degree?

Because of their ability to analyse and present large amounts of complex information, historians are in demand in all kinds of (policy) positions in government and industry. Depending on whether you have a master's degree or not, you can also work for international organisations, museums, archives or scientific institutions. And what about journalism or education?

Continuing education after graduating History

Photo: Tim Vermeire

Unlike in professional programmes, at university you are often not trained for a specific profession. By obtaining a university degree, you show that you have an academic working and thinking level. You can go to work, but many students continue with a subsequent master's degree after a bachelor's degree.

At Utrecht University you can opt for a:

  • One-year master's programmes: these one-year master's programmes prepare you to pursue a profession at an academic level, for example as an advisor in international relations.
  • Two-year master's programmes: these two-year master's programmes will prepare you for a career as a researcher, for example as a PhD student at a university or as a researcher for an (independent) research institute. 

Continue your studies at UU

Depending on the choices you make and the content of your bachelor's programme, after graduating you can examine whether you can be admitted to one of the following master's programmes at Utrecht University. You will have to take into account specific admission requirements that vary per programme.

Some say a Bachelor's in History offers limited future possibilities, preparing you to become either a teacher or a museum employee. During my studies, however, I discovered that the possibilities don’t stop there.


After completing your Bachelor's or Master's degree, you will eventually enter the labour market. There you can go in any direction. Our students choose one of the following professions or directions:


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.