Students at their graduation ceremony

Career prospects Politics, Policy and Societal Development track

Understand societal challenges in the framework of sustainable development and manage projects and people who strive for bringing about change, development or innovation in an often - international context.

Knowledge and skills

As a graduate you are able to:

  • Create a mutual understanding of the problem. Frame problems from multiple perspectives, disciplines and levels of analysis, with a focus on group dynamics.
  • Promote sustainable development. Analyze multiple drivers and outcomes of societal issues at multiple levels, as well as of interventions aimed at addressing global challenges - all to promote sustainable development at macro as well as micro level.
  • Lead and participate in the change- and innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle these societal challenges.

With these skills you could be working as a linking pin in a multi-disciplinary team, as a project manager or as a consultant, but also as a policymaker or policy consultant confronted with inter-organizational or inter-governmental partnerships.

Examples of placements: typical professional contexts

  • Economic (re)development projects
  • Societal change and innovation projects
  • Infrastructural projects
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Multinational organizations
  • International peace keeping projects (both military and civil)
  • International rescue and help missions

Examples of placements: employers

  • Unicef
  • Philips
  • Oxfam Novib
  • Greenpeace
  • Doctors without Borders (Artsen zonder Grenzen)
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Rode Kruis)

After your master's

Your transition to the labor market
Working in the Netherlands after graduation

Interested in the Politics, Policy and Societal Development MSc track?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application