Gender researchers (or ethnicity researchers) usually work at universities or research institutes, and it is likely that your first step after completing the Master’s programme will consist of PhD research. Those who complete a Master in Gender Studies (Research) are qualified to apply for a postgraduate or doctoral research programme in the field of women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.

Furthermore, gender experts (or ethnicity experts) can also work at governmental organisations, NGO's, national and international women's organisations, and cultural institutions. There, your critical approach to sociocultural processes will help to set up policies with attention to processes of in- and exclusion. You can also use your analytical skills in the field of (research) journalism, such as in the arts and media sector.

Graduates of this programme have found jobs in various fields.

One of our alumni for instance works as researcher at Rutgers WPF, an institute for sexuality and sexual health. She researches the health of LGBT’s, information supply on sexuality for LGBT youth, and making the website of Rutgers WPF more inclusive with regard to the topic of sexuality.

After successfully completing the Master in Gender Studies (Research), you will be able to formulate a research proposal for a PhD project in a specialisation within the field of gender and ethnicity. You will have an overview of the position that your own research plan occupies in the context of international research in women’s, gender, and postcolonial studies.

  • One of our alumni, Evelien Geerts, is a PhD student at the University of California. Under the supervision of Karen Barad, she will be working on the crossroads of feminist theory and philosophy.
  • Another former student, Katharina Karcher is Schröder Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

Graduates of this programme have started PhD programmes at universities such as:

Are you considering starting your own business? Now is a good time to prepare. Utrecht University can offer you a number of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship.

You could, for instance, take electives from Master's degree programmes that cover entrepreneurship in their curriculums:

The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) also organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship for non-Dutch students. All courses are offered in English except when the entire group is Dutch.

StudentsInc

Would you like to run a business while still at university? Do you want to graduate on running your own business? StudentsInc (Dutch language website) is home to a number of student businesses and offers programmes to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

UtrechtInc

Have you (nearly) graduated and do you want to start a business? UtrechtInc is the place to find financing, office space, expertise and coaching. UtrechtInc is there for

  • starting entrepreneurs and alumni, doctoral candidates, and researchers (preferably from Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)
  • who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years) and have
  • and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site, register your idea, and drop by for a cup of coffee.

Enactus

Would you like to know whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Are you driven, socially conscious, and ambitious? Are you willing to spend a year working on a business for at least 8 hours a week? Enactus Utrecht (Dutch language website) offers you the opportunity to run a business and provides workshops and professional coaching.

Useful links

  • Register at the Chambers of Commerce.
  • You can read about all the other things you need to take care of on the Revenue Service (Belastingdienst) website.
  • Join relevant groups on LinkedIn to share knowledge online and expand your network.
  • Will you run an especially sustainable, innovative, and/or internationally oriented business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support you with subsidies, knowledge, regulation, and more.

Upon completion of your current Master's degree programme, you can follow a one-year (Dutch language) teacher training programme. This will grant you a first degree teaching qualification for secondary education. That means you will be able to work in the upper and lower years of vmbo, havo, and vwo in the Netherlands.

Take a look at UU's Master's degree programme selection site.

When you complete your Master's degree programme, if you enjoy doing research in your area of expertise, perhaps you should pursue a PhD. You will start out as a research assistant or trainee research worker. Check the two-years Master's Programmes of Utrecht University.

The best way to find a research traineeship is to contact the professor in the field you want to specialise in. Another option would be www.academictransfer.nl.

If you'd like to pursue a PhD at Utrecht University, your PhD programme will fall under the auspices of one of the Graduate Schools. For more information, consult the Prout | PhD Network Utrecht website.