Career Prospects

Having the opportunity to make a difference based on sound arguments is what I love about my current job. Creating the abilities to do so is what I enjoyed during the Master in Applied Ethics
Hafez Ismaili m'Hamdi

There are various career opportunities after graduating with a degree in Applied Ethics. A recent survey shows that around 30% of our graduates work at a university today, either as teachers or as PhD students. After finishing the programme, you are also able to teach ethics to professionals or to work as a consultant in governmental and diplomatic services. Some of our alumni work in journalism or in various NGOs or banks.

Professional careers

Alumni of this programme have found jobs in several fields of the labour market. Here are some examples of jobs in which an expertise of ethics is required.

  • Gerard Versteeg works as a lecturer at HAN University of Applied Sciences.
    One of our alumni is a Product Developer at ASN Bank in the Netherlands. He works on products from the very first stages of forming ideas through the turnkey delivery. 
  • Another alumna is a Junior Advisor at KPMG, a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. 
  • Also, one of our alumni works as a Senior Policy Advisor for school board governance at the Ministry of Education in Canada. He is a policy analyst moving cabinet submissions and regulatory amendments through the decision-making process.

Academic careers

The Master in Applied Ethics is not especially focused on academic research. However, it does provide students with skills necessary for an academic career. Approximately 25-30% of our students eventually attain a PhD position at universities both in the Netherlands and abroad.

  • Hafez Ismaili M'Hamdi is a PhD student at the Erasmus Medical Centre. His research focuses on the ethics of preconception care.
  • Another former student works as a post-doctoral researcher for the division of Medical Ethics in the Julius Center of the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Her post-doctoral research includes patient participation in the benefit-risk assessment of scientific committees, ethically problematic trials, and the regulatory assessment and use of data.

Facts and figures

Students that graduated from this programme have found jobs at the following companies amongst others:

CapgeminiClean Water ActionIQ Healthcare | Nexen | VBDO 

A recent survey shows that students that have graduated from this programme are currently working in the following areas:

  • research and teaching at universities (27%)
  • teaching ethics to professionals (13%)
  • healthcare and veterinary organizations (11%)
  • consultancy (9%)
  • international organisations and diplomatic services (7%)
  • sustainability and environmental organizations (5%)
  • management and human resources (4%)
  • writing and journalism (4%)