The sustainable development of energy systems will be one of the main global challenges of this new century. Therefore, research institutes, businesses, consultancy firms, government organisations, and NGOs are active in the quest for energy efficiency improvement and more renewable energy sources. Many companies are taking up the challenge to develop new business in this area and there is a great demand for energy and resources specialists, which is increasing every day.
Graduates should be able to find employment in the private sector (energy companies), public sector, consultancy, and NGOs. Graduates will also find positions in international bodies, such as the European Union and the International Energy Agency.
The programme prepares students for a PhD-programme, which will ultimately lead to professions in scientific research. Graduates of the programme must be capable of writing a PhD dissertation.
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organisation, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and, in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’ when you have a non-EU nationality. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.