There are often other exciting things going on such as visiting a museum, participating in research colloquia and organising our own student conference. So we get to experience a lot of the academic sphere and the possible futures after our programme.
Béracha Meijer

Personalised guidance

During the programme, you will have a personal tutor with whom you can discuss your academic development and future prospects. The Programme Coordinator and the supervisor of your thesis will also provide advice and guidance in developing your career plans.

Doing research in Religious Studies seminars

Throughout your Master’s you will participate in a seminar and a series of colloquia in which students and academic staff exchange their knowledge and skills that are useful for future career paths. You are coached personally, such as in writing proposals for paper presentations at international conferences, developing applications for grants, writing a CV for job applications, and even in skills such as networking with other researchers.


If you choose not to study abroad in your second year, you can do a research-oriented internship either as a participant of a research project group or at a non-academic organisation in society (i.e. a museum or NGO). In the past, students have done internships at the Research Center for Material Culture and the Meertens Instituut

Network building

As a student of this Research Master’s programme, you are part of the international learning and research community in our department. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to study with, and receive feedback from leading international scholars who visit our department frequently. As staff members we see it as part of our work to help our students develop an international network that puts them in a favourable position, for instance on the international market for PhD positions.

The fact that this programme is situated within the Faculty of Humanities at internationally renowned Utrecht University makes it easy for you to include in your network students and scholars from other disciplines such as Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Literary Studies, and Philosophy.

Career Services

Career Services offers events, tests, coaching and training in and outside your Master's programme, related to professional self-analysis, career orientation and job application skills. You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Your Perspective

Your Perspective is a monthly career orientation meeting for students and alumni of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. Each month we explore a different workfield or theme that is relevant for students of various disciplines within the humanities.

Career Night Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities organises a Career Night Humanities with interesting partners who will illustrate the diversity in career opportunities for humanities graduates and give you possibilities to develop yourself by joining their projects or attending their services. 

Careers Day 

Once a year Utrecht University organises a Careers Day. This Careers Day offers the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the careers fair. It’s also possible to participate in a job application training or have your résumé checked.

UU Careers Day