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Research Master
International Development Studies
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Graduates of the Research Master’s in International Development Studies will be qualified to apply for jobs in both the academic world and research-oriented institutions. The programme provides an excellent foundation for pursuing a PhD in relevant fields. It also prepares students for positions in applied or policy research in multinational organisations, research institutes, consultancy firms and governmental agencies.

Where do our graduates work?

  • PhD positions at numerous universities including Wageningen University, the UvA, UCLA in the United States, at Hong Kong University and at the University of Johannesburg, among others
  • Positions at international organisations, such as Programme Officer at the Food and Agriculture Office in Rome
  • Positions in government, such as Policy advisor for the Dutch Parliament (Labour Party)
  • Non-governmental organisations, such as Hivos and Oxfam Novib
  • Social researcher for the Office for National Statistics in the UK
  • Independent text writer
  • Editor of the online journal The Broker
  • Policy Researcher at the Policy and Evaluations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Junior Project Assistant Educaids, Edukans


The Research Master International Development Studies puts emphasis on training transferable skills. Transferable skills are skills that can be acquired and transferred to future employment, research or other settings. They include interpersonal, communication, organisational, networking, research and planning, and participation skills. In particular, we encourage our students to explore ways of communicating their knowledge to different groups of stakeholders. 

Career coaching during your Master’s

You can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more. 

Career events

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs