Career prospects

The research Master's programme in Art History contributes in different ways to helping you find a job and navigate an international field and network.

Graduates of our research Master's programme will often find PhD positions, or jobs in: 

  • art galleries
  • museums
  • research libraries
  • archives
  • the art trade
  • publishing

Academic careers

Our graduates have accepted curatorial and research positions in, for instance:
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam | Kunstmuseum, The Hague | Dordrechts Museum | Groeningemuseum Bruges | Royal Castle in Warsaw

Read alumni stories

  • Ruben Suykerbuyk has done his PhD at Ghent University and is now the curator of old masters at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.
  • Nelleke de Vries has a PhD position at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München.

Towards the job market

This programme does not only prepare for an academic career, but might also prepare for curatorial positions in museums. Our alumni found jobs as:

Alumni on LinkedIn

Career development

Navigating an international field and network

The research Master's programme contributes in different ways to helping you find a job and navigate an international field and network, for example through symposia, individual supervision of papers and tutorials, access to the programme of the Research School of Art History (OSK) and the ‘Thesis Lab’. If you envision the publication of your work, you may benefit from the network of our staff members, who are on the boards of many journals including the 'Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art', 'Simiolus', 'Nuncius' and more.

Career Services

Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your Master's programme, related to professional self-analysis, career orientation and job application skills. You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Other career events

  • Your Perspective is a monthly career orientation meeting for students and alumni of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. 
  • The Faculty of Humanities organises a Career Night Humanities with interesting partners who will illustrate the diversity in career opportunities for humanities graduates.
  • Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. This Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair.