Career Prospects


The Master’s programme in Strategic Human Resource Management prepares you for the world of professional practice by means of competence-focused teaching methods. The assignments in the curriculum, together with the Master’s project, enable you to aim at a specific profile. The competence profiles themselves reflect the areas of professional practice that are relevant to graduates – consultant, policy advisor, manager, researcher. You can perform these functions in different types of organisations – public, semi-public and private, and in a national or international context.


Once you have graduated, your degree in Strategic Human Resource Management will open the door to professions such as:

HR advisor

As an HR advisor, you will advise an organisation’s strategic or line management on HR issues. As an internal consultant, you will be employed either by these organisations themselves or by a consultancy firm. After several years of professional experience, you will be able to act as an effective sounding board for management at strategic level. On the job market, there is a demand for strategic level HR advisors. Notably, the public sector in particular has had an ongoing need for HR advisors in recent years.

Policy advisor

As a policy advisor, you will be more involved with policy development and less with implementation and operational practice. You will work in the staff department of a large organisation, such as a ministry, an insurance company, an employer organisation or an employee organisation.


Managers are increasingly taking on responsibility for HR policy. First, you must have a vision of where you and your unit want to be in five years’ time. Next, you have to modify your organisation’s or company’s HR policy accordingly (with regard to the development of competences, for example).


As a researcher, you can find work at sector organisations (in healthcare, for example) or in policy-research institutions. In these cases, you will be carrying out government-commissioned research, for example. Agencies of this kind carry out research into employees’ perceptions of work or into age-conscious personnel policies, for example.


After you graduate, one option is to go on to do a PhD. You can do this at Utrecht University, or at another university in the Netherlands. PhD candidates carry out scientific research for a period of four years.