Possible prospects

The world needs people with comprehensive knowledge of environmental challenges. In this Master's programme you will become familiar with analytical and practical research skills, as well as strategies for intervention. This combination prepares you for a PhD programme or an academic-level position at consultancies, at research institutes, in government, in business or at NGOs. Our graduates work as first-class researchers in the field of sustainable development in academic and professional organisations. 

Facts and figures

Career prospects are excellent: 90 percent of our graduates are in paid positions at an academic level. Students that graduated from this programme have, for example, found jobs in one of the following places:

Trade and industry

Government services

Education and research


91 % of all Utrecht graduates in the environmental sciences have found paid employment. 

We regularly conduct labour market surveys among our environmental science graduates. These surveys reflect that the employment opportunities for Sustainable Development graduates are excellent. Check the facts below.

Excellent career prospects

  • 91 % have a paid job (only 3% are looking for employment)
  • 90 % have a job at academic level
  • 78 % work in an environment-oriented organisation

Types of jobs

Career prospects are broad, and include positions such as consultant, project manager, policy maker, researcher, entrepreneur. 


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’ if 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.