Career prospects

The Master’s programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for subsequent PhD training, but also serves as a freestanding programme for graduates who aspire to research positions outside academia.

Academic careers

This Master's programme prepares you for a scientific career, whether in academia (PhD training), research institutes, government organisations, NGOs or private companies.

Graduates are working in positions such as:

What does your job involve?

PhD student
You will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, write scientific publications and work as a lecturer for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research position.

Professional careers

Students who regard the MSc as the end of their academic education can capitalise on their:

  • Research experience abroad
  • Foreign language fluency
  • Analytical, research, and reporting skills
  • Successful completion of a demanding programme

Graduates are working in positions such as:

What does your job involve?

Some examples:

Anthropological researcher at a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
You will examine the problems of countries where the NGO operates and advise on how to proceed. You will be an expert in designing, conducting, and analysing anthropological research.

Business advisor at a consultancy office
You will be involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of various processes within the company. You will also be responsible for determining appropriate policies and their entry and execution.

Editor / journalist
You will edit news stories or publications for various media, such as newspapers, radio, television, or the Internet, using your knowledge of social developments.

Career development

To help you prepare for your career and familiarise yourself with the labour market the programme, the faculty and Utrecht University offers several services and activities.