Future perspectives after Dutch Studies

As a graduate of Dutch Studies you have a lot to offer potential employers. You have a very broad general education. You have studied abroad, which is often an advantage. You are critical and have good communications skills, both spoken and written. You know how to deal with problems or issues. You can write. You are able to formulate a problem and order your arguments. And you have an understanding of complex communication issues. All academic skills which make you suitable for a broad range of professions.

Job market

Where do Leiden’s graduates of Dutch Studies work?

The route to your job

As a student of Dutch Studies you yourself can have a considerable influence on what you will achieve later in life. Leiden University offers you a range of possibilities to develop your talents, via:

Give yourself the time and opportunity to discover what you want to do after your study. Plot your route to the job you want to do. The advisers from the Careers Service of the Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to tell you more. Or choose your own path.

Academic career

If you are a good and well-motivated student, you can also embark on an academic career. After your Bachelor’s Programme in Dutch Studies, you can opt for a two-year research master’s. Then you may apply for a PhD. This means that you will work for four years on a dissertation and will at the same time teach at the University. The start of an academic career as a lecturer or researcher!

An academic career

If you are a talented and motivated student, you might also want to work in the world of academia. After your bachelor’s, you can opt for a two-year research master’s, or, if you prefer, a one-year master’s programme, and then you can go on to take a PhD. If you embark on a PhD, you will spend a period of four years carrying out research for your dissertation, while also teaching at the university. This could well be the start of an academic career as a lecturer or researcher!