Once you have completed your bachelor's programme, you can start looking for a job or continue your studies. Are you still hesitant what to do next? In that case, you can visit Career Services for tips, help or advice.

Keep in mind that some masters may have entry requirements (such as an average of 7 in your bachelor's programme or some required courses).

Choose a master

With your bachelor's degree in your pocket, you can take a master's degree in order to specialize further. The bachelor's degree in History prepares you for the following masters:

1-year master's programmes:

Research master's programmes (2 years):

Teacher training programmes:

  • 2 years: Geschiedenis: educatie en communicatie (Hostory: Education and Communcation)
    This two-year teacher training programme trains you to become a first-degree teacher in secondary education. This means that you can work in the lower and upper levels of secondary vocational education (VMBO), senior general secondary education (HAVO) and pre-university education (VWO) in the Netherlands.
  • 1 year: eenjarige lerarenopleiding (Teacher-prepared-higher education)
    Instead of doing the 2 year teacher training programme, you can also first do another one-year master's programme on the subject and then a one-year teacher training programme (in Dutch). These diplomas give you the same opportunities as the two-year teacher training programme.

Wish to become a teacher?

If you want to become a teacher in secondary education, you have 2 options:

  • Become a teacher with first degree competence:
    • 1-year teacher training
      You can do this after a master's degree in the subject matter. You will then have the same opportunities as in the two-year teacher training programme.
    • 2-year teacher training
      ​This master's programme will train you to be a first-degree lecturer in secondary education. You will then be able to work in the lower and upper secondary schools of VMBO, HAVO and VWO in the Netherlands.
  • Becoming a teacher with a second-degree qualification
    • Follow an educational minor within your bachelor's programme
    • Once you have completed your bachelor's degree, follow an educational module

Other master's programmes


Help in selecting a master's programme

Are you still not sure what to do next? Or do you hesitate to do a master's programme at all? In the Dutch language workshop Choosing a Master and career, you will learn how to go about this.

Looking for a job

Have you finished your degree and are you ready to find your first job but unsure where to start looking? You are very welcome to come to Career Services where you will be able to use the resources for up to six months after you graduate. You will still have access to the workshops, tests, resume check and a conversation with your career officer.

From the moment you graduate you become an alumnus or alumna from Utrecht University, your academic programme and your study society. You will automatically be included in the registry of the Alumni Bureau of Utrecht University, and you will receive information about any (career) events organised by the Young Alumni Network (YAN). 

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.

  • The (English language) Entrepreneurship minor will provide you with a solid foundation in entrepreneurial skills.
  • The Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) organises Spring schools, Summer schools, Winter schools, Honours classes and short seminars on entrepreneurship. 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 UU, Hogeschool Utrecht, UMC Utrecht)

who are still in the ideas phase OR further along (less than five years)
and have a (IT) start-up focusing on health, environmental sustainability, or education.

Would you like to know more? Visit the UtrechtInc site (Dutch language), 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.

Master's degrees in entrepreneurship

Utrecht University offers various Master's degree programmes that will familiarise you with entrepreneurship. Note that if you lack the required background for a given Master's degree programme, you can usually follow a pre-Master that will still allow you to take part.

  • A new one-year Master's degree programme in Business Development and Entrepreneurship will start at the Utrecht School of Economics in September 2016.
  • If your background is in Science or Medicine, the two-year Science and Business Management Master's degree programme may be right for you.
  • The two-year Sustainable Business and Innovation Master's degree programme is available to a broad group of students, but it does require some prior knowledge. Please review the Admission and application page for details.

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.


Alumni meetings are held regularly. Do you have any ideas about this or do you want to make a difference to your programme, share your experiences with students or are you looking for an intern? Let your internship/alumni coordinator know: Josi Smit.

Utrecht University Fund and Jong Alumni Netwerk (JAN)

The Utrecht University Fund organises post-graduate courses and lectures. In these courses, alumni can catch up on recent developments in their field of expertise and within Utrecht University. Check our calendar for alumni events.

Especially for young alumni, Utrecht University offers YOUNG. The YOUNG committee organises activities and events where you can expand your network in an informal way.