Almost half of the programme’s graduates continue to a PhD in Utrecht, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad. Others have found high-level employment in business, science communication and management, science museums, the financial industry, or the technology sector.

Be open-minded and step out of your intellectual comfort zone

Academic Careers

Graduates are exceptionally well prepared to enter PhD programmes in the Netherlands or abroad. A PhD position in the Netherlands is usually fully funded for a four-year period. 

Almost half of our graduates have continued to a PhD project in the field in Utrecht or elsewhere. Recent Utrecht University PhD projects have included studies of the history of the law of energy conservation in 19th-century German culture, the role of correlations in physical theories and what these say about the world, the teaching of pharmacology in the 16th century, and the role of genetics in animal breeding.. 

Some graduates have entered PhD programmes in fields outside of HPS and successfully continued their graduate studies in either the sciences or humanities. 

International students

Learning Dutch

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.

After graduation

If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. 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.