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Philosophers can be found in a surprisingly wide range of careers, from journalism and politics to banking and consulting. Those who go on to do a PhD in Philosophy can pursue numerous different roles that professional philosophers play in society. Some teach or have leadership roles at universities, while others work in governmental policy contexts or in non-governmental organisations. Philosophers often play a prominent role in the cultural and intellectual life of their societies as well.

What all of these different philosophical career paths have in common is an emphasis on employing analytical and conceptual skills to critically examine existing practices and think in an argumentatively rigorous and conceptual innovative way about new possibilities and the reasons for (and against) them.

66% of recent graduates are currently in full-time, funded PhD positions in philosophy.  They hold positions at leading European universities, including:

Philosophy graduates frequently report that their philosophical training gives them an edge in establishing themselves and advancing in the workplace, particularly in organisations where decision- making and communication calls for drawing careful conceptual distinctions, articulating compelling arguments, and analysing complex texts and situations. Below you will find some particularly common professional contexts for philosophers.    


  • Anna van Dijk spent several years after graduation as a staff member at the think tank for political party GroenLinks. Currently, she is working as a freelance journalist and has published several articles in De Groene Amsterdammer.
  • Another alumnus is a full-time Policy Analyst for the NGO COC Nederland, an organisation that works for the human rights of LGBTs and has a special consultative role with the United Nations. She focusses on international human rights advocacy.

Furthermore, some of our graduates pursue a career teaching philosophy at the secondary-school level.

If you are interested in an academic career as a researcher and teacher in philosophy, a Research Master’s degree is the best preparation. As a graduate of the Philosophy programme, you are well prepared to start working on a PhD project.

In addition, the programme also prepares you to compete successfully for PhD positions at universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Frequently students work closely with the academic staff in developing grant applications to fund these positions, and in recent years, graduates have been exceptionally successful – 66% have secured full-time, funded PhD positions in philosophy.  

Harmen Ghijsen is amongst those alumni that have attained a PhD position. 

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.