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Sociology: Social Problems and Social Policy (track)

Career prospects

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

This programme is unique in that it focuses on social policy at both the local executive level and the level of evidence-based policy making and policy design. It is expected that there will be an increasing demand for graduates and professionals who are able to combine these complementary perspectives.

Specific career examples from alumni of the Social Problems and Social Policy programme are:

  • Managing Director and Chairwoman, Code-X International (NGO)
  • Policy advisor at Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (central government)
  • Policy Advisor for Zorg en Zekerheid (health insurance organisation)
  • Researcher for private research institute in Berlin
  • PhD student at University of Newcastle, UK. 

The programme gives students a good basis to pursue their studies at the PhD level. Students with an excellent academic record will be encouraged to complete their Master's studies with the development of a proposal for PhD study at the University of Amsterdam.

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.