Career Development

Academic skills

Through the educational programme, you will train to be an empirical social sciences researcher. After completion of the programme, you will:

  • have profound knowledge and experience in sociological theory development;
  • be capable of independently developing a research project using advanced methodology and analytical techniques; and
  • be able to contribute to fundamental discussions and solutions to social problems based on theoretical and methodological knowledge.

Meet (international) experts


You will have the opportunity to attend a one-week masterclass with international experts. They will present their research and study and comment on your work. It offers a unique chance to make contacts!

Summer School

You are encouraged to participate in a Summer School or an internship in an institute outside the University during the elective portion of your studies. This will provide you with an opportunity to make contacts for future positions in the labour market.

Career event at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Student representatives of all research orientated Master's programmes of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences organise a career event for the second-year students. Researchers from non-academic institutions will be present.

Career-planning and work-field orientation
FSW What's Next

What's Next?!

Every year, the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences organises What's Next?! to prepare you for the world of further studies, internships and job-hunting. Over the course of two weeks, you can attend all kinds of free workshops intended to help you plan your future and acquire new skills which will come in handy after your studies. Keep an eye on the What's Next?! web page for more information about the upcoming edition of this event.

Career Services

In addition to the activities organised by the programme and the faculty, Utrecht University offers several university-wide services to familiarise you with the labour market.

Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an job application letter and a resume or how to conduct a job interview. Every faculty has its own Career Officer who can help you discover your talents and interests and help you orientate on future career prospects.

You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.

Careers Day

Careers Day

Once a year Utrecht University organises the Careers Day, which brings students and companies together. The Careers Day offers you the opportunity to sign up for workshops and trainings, and to meet recruiters at the Career Fair. For example, you can attend a job application training or have your resume checked.