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As an English Language and Culture graduate, you will have developed unique academic abilities relevant to a career in your specific subject area, as well as a range of employment opportunities where a critical, curious, and independent disposition is essential. With a Bachelor’s degree in hand, you can choose to enrol in a related Master’s programme or take your first steps on the job market. Learn more about your opportunities below.

Graduates of the English Language and Culture programme have gone on to pursue careers as:

  • Interpreters/translators;
  • Teachers/professors;
  • Policy officers;
  • Spokespersons;
  • Journalists.

Possible employers include:

  • Education institutions;
  • National and European governments;
  • Media companies;
  • Libraries and publishers;
  • The private sector.
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A related Master's programme

Acquire broader or more specialised academic knowledge after your Bachelor's by enroling in a Master's programme. The UvA offers over 220 Master's programmes, with a duration of either one, one and a half or two years.

With a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture, you might be eligible for admission to the one-year (60 EC) Master's programmes:

You could also opt for a Dual Master's programme: a profession-oriented programme at academic level of one and a half-year (90 EC), including an internship. Due to the limited number of available internships, a strict selection procedure is in place. Admission is not guaranteed. With a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture you might be interested in applying for the following Dual Master's programmes:

Students with a strong interest in research can also apply for one of our two-year Research Master's programmes (120 EC). There is a selection process for all Research Master's programmes. Admission is not guaranteed. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to your motivation, study results, thesis, and the content of your Bachelor's programme. With a Bachelor's in English Language and Culture you might be interested in applying for the following Research Master's:

For the Research Master's in Literary Studies and Linguistics, you are advised to take electives relating to English literature and linguistics, respectively.

You can obtain a first-degree teaching certificate with the Master's degree in teacher training:

Please, check the entry requirements of the specific Master's programmes.

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.