Career perspectives

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This Master’s will prepare you perfectly for a career in the public sector, for example as a policymaker, policy adviser, or lobbyist, to name a few of your many options. Or, instead of pursuing a professional career right after graduation, you can also opt to further develop yourself by obtaining a PhD. Feeling entrepreneurial? You can also start up your own business!

Type of degree

When you have completed this Master’s, you will receive a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Also, you can title yourself Master of Science (MSc).  

Job opportunities

Because of the ageing workforce and the expected growth thanks to new (digital) challenges, the demand for (academically) skilled professionals within the public domain will continue to grow in the upcoming years. That’s why you can look forward to great career opportunities after graduation.

Graduates of this Master’s work within all kinds of sectors and organisations within the public domain, from governmental institutions (e.g. municipality, ministerial departments, European Union) to (semi-private) organisations within healthcare, education, housing, insurance, or charity, to name some examples.

UT alumni with a Master’s degree in Public Administration work in various positions and organisations. For example:
  • Manager Energy Transition and Living Environment at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Public Affairs Manager at Airbus Defence & Space
  • Strategic Advisor Digital Economy at The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets

Broadly speaking, this Master’s will equip you to fulfil the role of either a public leader, public manager or public adviser. You can take on these roles within a wide variety of positions. You could opt for a career as a policymaker, policy adviser, (project) manager, strategic consultant, lobbyist, public relations manager, or researcher, to name just a few of your numerous options. In the long term, you can even look forward to positions such as CEO, minister, or politician, if that’s your ambition!

Continue as a researcher: obtain a PhD

Instead of pursuing a professional career right away after obtaining your Master’s degree, you can opt to follow a PhD programme at Twente Graduate School (TGS). This involves spending four years studying a particular research area in-depth at one of our research institutes. Obtaining your PhD earns you the title of Doctor (Dr).

Start a business

Do you have a great business idea? At the University of Twente, you can turn it into reality! At UT, we highly encourage entrepreneurship. In fact, UT has been voted the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands four times in a row. We have a unique approach of putting scientific knowledge to practical use and turning our expertise and yours into solutions that people and society actually need. As a catalyst for meaningful entrepreneurship, we offer you the Novel-T foundation and the start-up hub on campus.

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