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Career prospects

International Development Studies (MSc)

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

Career prospects

We aim to prepare our students to be academic professionals. Together with the professional field, we have found that graduates from a one-year academic master programme should have a sound knowledge of the field of International Development Studies, academic skills, research and professional skills, conscientiousness, creativity, and an ethical foundation to make sound, socially conscious judgments. These are high ambitions, but we want to support our students in reaching them.

Our students find interesting and challenging work after graduating in a range of sectors. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-governmental organizations such as Food First Coalition, War Child or the Red Cross, among others.
  • Government ministries, embassies, and other agencies
  • Scientific organizations such as the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Academic and research institutes including the University of Amsterdam and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
  • Private sector consultancy in banks, law firms, or consultancy firms
  • Knowledge sharing and journalism such as the Broker

Here is an overview of the distribution of the types of jobs our students find, as of February 2017:

Category of work




Other research/education




International Organisation




Diverse Profession with IDS Relevance


Diverse Profession without IDS Relevance


Own freelance




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Road map of the academic career of alumna Irene Arends

Alumna Irene Arends made an online road map of her study and work career. Take a look at this presentation in Prezi and see where the Master's programme in International Development Studies might bring you.

FMG MSc International Development Studies - Prezi Irene Arends

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.