Career possibilities

Most students of the bachelor's degree programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences continue their studies with the master’s degree programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences. The bachelor's degree programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences is also a good preparation for the master’s degree in Geomatics for the Built Environment.

In the master’s degree programme, you further specialise in a specific area of your field. You develop yourself into an independent professional who knows about the latest developments in architecture and the built environment. 

The 2019 National Alumni Survey showed that 90% of the graduates find a job within eighteen months after obtaining a master's degree at our faculty. Within a year and a half, 98% of this percentage finds a job at at least HBO level and 91% finds a job at university level.

You can start working at all kinds of places, such as design agencies, engineering agencies, the government (national, provincial and local administration), project developers, real estate investors and housing corporations. Activities vary from small scale projects (refurbishment and renovation) to big scale projects (the city, the landscape and metropolitan areas). An increasing number of alumni work on design projects abroad.  

Your knowledge of technology, culture and society and your analytical problem-solving methods make you employable in a wider societal context. You can therefore chose to work outside of the field of architecture and the built environment.

Completing a PhD

After getting your master’s degree, you can not only put your knowledge to professional practice, but you can also choose to take a four-year PhD at the Graduate School of the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment. You conduct PhD research related to one out of nine research programmes at the faculty: The Architectural Project and its Foundations, Computation & Performance, Design & History, Geoinformation Technology & Governance, Green Building Innovation, Housing, Innovations in Management of the Built Environment, Urban and Regional Studies, or Urbanism.

Starting work

What professional positions can you expect? Amongst others: architect, urbanist, landscape architect, engineering advisor, scientific researcher (PhD), geo-informatician, project developer, advisor to the Government Buildings Agency, project manager, and teacher at a college or university. 

With a diploma of the Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urbanism track you can - after completion of a professional traineeship (beroepservaringperiode) - apply for registration in the Dutch Register of Architects, which allows you to use the protected title of Architect, Landscape Architect or Urban Designer in the Netherlands. The Building Technology and Management in the Built Environment tracks, as well as the Post-master's programmes EMU and Berlage, do not allow you to register in the Dutch Register of Architects. 

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