Career Prospects

Professional career

This Master’s programme also prepares you for a career as an academic professional or facilitator within:

As an academic professional with an anthropology background, you will be able to evaluate social and societal issues and help bring people together.

Graduates are working in positions such as:

  • Researcher
  • Advisor
  • Policymaker
  • Trainer
  • Executive coach
  • Consultant

What does your job involve?

Anthropological researcher at a non-governmental organisation (NGO):
You will examine the problems of the countries where the NGO operates and advise on how to proceed. You are an expert in designing, conducting, and analyzing 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 are responsible for the right policies and their entry and execution.

As I mostly work with young people from various cultural and social backgrounds it is of great use to have an open mind and to fully comprehend the stories they tell, but also to ask the right questions and to see the right things.

Academic career

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

Graduates are working in positions such as:

  • PhD student
  • Academic assistant

What does your job involve?

PhD student:
You will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad. You will write scientific publications and work as a teacher for Bachelor and Master students. After your promotion you can apply for a research function.

Recently graduated from the programme, I have quite a good sense of what I can do, both professionally and personally, with the skills and knowledge obtained during the pre-Master’s and Master’s.

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.

You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.