Career prospects

The connection between this Master’s programme and the job market is excellent. DaSCA alumni from previous years have generally been very successful in finding a job after their studies.

The programme is designed as preparation for PhD studies. However, it also provides training for students who wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university setting.


Of our graduates, 65% entered a PhD programme. They are working in PhD positions in universities such as:

Utrecht UniversityRadboud UniversityUniversity of AmsterdamVU University AmsterdamUniversity of GroningenLeiden University; University of Nottingham (UK), Colombia University (US), Leuven University (Belgium), University of Reading (UK), University of Roehampton (UK).

What does your job involve?

As a PhD student you will conduct four years of research at a university in the Netherlands or abroad, writing scientific publications and working as a teacher for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. After you obtain your degree, you can apply for a research function.

    I am now working as a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, and am part of the projects which drew me here in the first place!


    Other alumni (35%) pursued careers outside of academia. They are working in positions such as:

    • Researcher (Office for National Statistics, UK; Department of Methods and Statistics, Utrecht University; TNO; Zorgverzekeraars Nederland)
    • Clinician (Opdidakt, Altrecht, Trajectum)
    • Software developer
    • Teacher
    • Senior policymaker (Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

    What does your job involve?

    • Researcher in social education issues: You will perform research at institutions and organisations in the field of child welfare or education.
    • Teacher/trainer in pedagogical skills: You will give pedagogical explanations about problems and teach proffessionals how to practice therapeutic conversation.
    • Special education generalist/remedial educationalist: You will perform diagnostic studies, suggest treatment plans, and execute these plans in settings such as welfare or special education schools.

    The skills taught in this programme can be seen as preparatory for taking up a PhD.

    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.