The insights from gender studies and emancipation research are useful to a growing number of organisations and companies seeking to develop and/or critically reflect upon policies to effectively intervene on behalf of specific target groups and market segments.

Our programme provides connections to an extensive network of national and international contacts and organisations within and outside academia, thus guaranteeing a variety of professional opportunities to our students.

A 2010 survey* of the Gender Studies programme shows that 92% of our graduates are currently employed. One out of three graduates lives and works abroad, with the most popular foreign destination being the United States.

The survey also shows an enormous variety in organisations and job descriptions that students can pursue after the study programme. The most popular careers are:

  • Pursuing an academic career (23%)
  • Working in the educational sector (26%)
  • Having one of many diverse careers in a variety of non-profit organizations (51%)
  • Becoming an independent entrepreneur (10%)

*The survey was part of the internship of Maartje Meuwissen, a former student of Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics.

  • National and international archives, documentation centres, and platforms
  • Women’s associations
  • Organisations relating to migration and refugees
  • governmental organisations (ministries related to cultural affairs, education, and equality)
  • Arts & media sector (national/regional newspapers, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, exhibitions such as Yes Naturally)
  • institutions that promote expertise in the field of gender, diversity, policy and culture (AtriaMovisie)

Below are examples of job prospects that require expertise in gender studies:

  • Marjolein Blüm works as a programmer and editor at Women Inc., a network for women in the Netherlands. Since 2012, Marjolein has worked in the editorial department, where she takes on the responsibility for issues around health. She is involved in all working sectors of production, marketing, communications, and editing.
  • Janina Pighat is an independent filmmaker. Her documentary The Diaries of an Elephant (2012) tells the stories of the SS past of her grandfather. It premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and won the Best Newcomer award at the annual Dutch Film Festival in 2013.
  • Eleni Stergiopoulou works as a Learn Specialist at Women Win, an organisation that connects global sport, development, and women’s movements. At Women Win, our alumnus works on a range of projects led by the Learn team, such as the development of guidelines, curricula, toolkits, and the Digital Storytelling Project.
  • Nathalie van Wingerden is the Creative Director of How2SpendIt/Finance for Women, an online community focused on women providing digital tools and articles on finance-related topics. Our alumnus is chief editor of the company’s online community. 
  • Another graduate is as a Policy Officer at the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport. After graduation, she was selected for the Rijkstraineeprogramma of the Netherlands government. Today, she works at the Directorate of Food, Health Protection, and Prevention, where she is involved with the further development of a mass-media alcohol campaign. 

While the Master in Gender and Ethnicity is profiled more clearly toward an academic career in gender studies, the Gender Studies programme can also lead to a research-driven career.

For example, one year after her graduation from the programme, Annelies Kleinherenbrink started a position as a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis within the University of Amsterdam.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.