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Tackle today’s sustainability challenges

There is a growing need for versatile, all-round environmental experts who can analyse and develop solutions for local national and global sustainability challenges.

As of today, more than 1,250 students have received their Master’s degree in ERM from VU Amsterdam. Many have embarked on exciting sustainability careers as consultants, NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, ministry officials or international civil servants. Some students continue in academia by starting a PhD. 

When you graduate, you will be able to determine which assessment tool is applicable in specific situations, and you can critically reflect on the outcomes of such tools. In addition, you should be able to (co-)design effective decision-making processes for complex or ambiguous problems.

Graduates may expect to find employment in organisations such as (environmental) consultancies (like KPMG, Arcadis, Royal Haskoning), NGOs (like World Wildlife Fund [WWF], Greenpeace), the private sector (TATA Steel, Philips, Unilever, Nuon, Shell), or the public sector (European Parliament; The World Bank, United Nations Environmental Program, World Health Organisation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Local water authorities). 

Stijn Schep, Environmental Economist at Wolf’s Company, alumnus

Stijn Schep explains how he’s trying to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Bonaire. He works together with ecologists, local politicians and businesspeople to combine economic development with nature conservation. Stijn studied Environment and Resource Management at VU Amsterdam.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working

With a Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management, you have excellent employment prospects. Start working as a project manager at an NGO, choose a role in the private or public sector, or work for a (environmental) consultancy. Throughout the programme, various training modules are offered to increase your employability.

Following a PhD programme

If you wish to continue your academic career, you may choose to pursue a PhD programme after graduation. In the Netherlands, PhD positions are usually paid jobs (mostly for three or four years) for which you have to apply.

There are many PhD researchers at the Institute for Environmental Studies at VU Amsterdam. They devote their time mostly to research (>80%). Often, they are also involved in teaching and follow advanced courses.

Where did our students end up?