Graduate School of Social Sciences

Career prospects

Political Science: International Relations (MSc)

An education in the social sciences will impart a broad range of skills that easily translate into a multitude of careers.

International Relations exposes students to a broad palette of theoretical and empirical work, and trains students to develop their own original, useful, and empirically sophisticated research relevant to scholarship and policy. 

Graduates find careers spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Specific examples from alumni of the International Relations programme in the last 5 years are:

  • Account officer at the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Netherlands
  • Academic coordinator at HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany
  • Project officer at Himilo Relief and Development Association
  • Political staff member of the Dutch parliament
  • Junior Analyst of Research Products at Sustainalytics
  • Lieutenant Logistics, Royal Dutch Navy
  • Communications Officer, Volunteering Matters, United Kingdom

Career support 

To support you in your career goals, the University offers a variety of resources:

GSSS Career Event 

Twice a year the GSSS hosts a Career Event, where you can meet organisation representatives and alumni, and receive helpful tips and feedback about searching for a job as a graduate.

UvA Careers Centre (LAC)

The career advisers at the UvA Student Careers Centre can help students with information, workshops and individual vocational counselling to find out what you want, get insight into your capabilities and competencies, make choices and improve your application skills in order to achieve your goals.

With an increasing number of international students each year, the UvA is truly an international university. UvA graduates from all over the world find their way to interesting careers, whether in the Netherlands or abroad. The Student Careers Centre is specialised in advising international (non-Dutch) UvA graduates about job seeking in the international labour market. 

Visit our Career Site

You will find more information about career support and career prospects on the Career Site Social Sciences.

Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences

6 November 2015