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. 

As a master’s degree programme graduate, 95% of the students find employment within a year and a half. 88% start working at a higher professional level, and 65% of those at a higher scientific level (source: WO-monitor 2015). The prospects are even brighter for Geomatics alumni. 

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), geoinformatician, project developer, advisor to the Government Buildings Agency, project manager, and teacher at a college or university. 

To acquire the official title of Architect, Urbanist or Landscape Architect, you need to accomplish a two-year period of professional experience after finishing your master’s degree. This statutory regulation has been implemented on the first of January 2015, and is being executed by the Dutch Register of Architects.

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Alumni share their experiences


Employee at: OMA

Tanner Merkeley

'I found Bouwkunde to be an excellent faculty with amazing facilities. It offers an incredible selection of seminars, debates, lectures and workshops thus providing a solid architectural infrastructure for ambitious students. My study at Bouwkunde helped prepare me to work in the highly competitive office of OMA.'


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