Cooperative studies
Find out what the pros and cons of cooperative studies are!

Cooperative studies

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Are you planning to start working after your Bachelors? Or you have already started with your career, but still want to study? How about continuing your education and obtaining a Master’s degree while working? If you want to pursuit Master’s degree and a career at the same time, you might want to choose a cooperative study.

Theory and practice 2 in 1 

Graduated Bachelor students often choose a cooperative degree when they want to gain both theoretical and practical experience in the field of their Bachelor’s study. Usually, students go directly from Bachelor to Master and find a job as a part of their Masters education itself.

It’s crucial that your job occupation is tightly connected to the subjects you study in the classroom, because the main purpose of the cooperative degree is to connect theory with practice.

Cooperative studies in Europe

The cooperative system is widespread in Europe; although, mostly in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Portugal and others. Finding an appropriate company, which would cooperate with your university, might depend on the country and on the popularity of the cooperative study form there. Big companies, but sometimes also small ones, provide very often vacancies for cooperative degree students.

What would your study/work schedule look like?

Cooperative degrees are usually studied as full time Masters programmes and have the same duration – in most cases 1 or 2 years. You can study technical, economic or social work related Masters as a cooperative degree. However, subjects like arts and humanities aren’t usually offered in this form.

The study/work schedule might vary, depending on the study programme, university or on the characteristics of the field. You might study half of the week and work the other half, or spend some months exclusively at the university and work during the vacation.

Pros and cons of the Cooperative studies

Advantage of the cooperative form of study is that you will gain a work experience and you will be more competitive on the job market. The company you work for during your Masters might also offer you a full-time position after your graduation. One of the pros is also the financial part – the costs for cooperative study are comparable with those for full time Masters, but will also be awarded with a salary from your employer.  A disadvantage is that you will have much less free time, as you would probably need to work during the vacations.

Take a look at the following study programmes, offered as a cooperative degree!

    study programmes     universities
comprehensive profile   Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image   comprehensive profile   University of Amsterdam
comprehensive profile   Discourse and Argumentation Studies   comprehensive profile   University of Amsterdam
  Pharmacy Practice     King's College London
  Global Sports Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Design for Interaction     Middle East Technical University (METU)
  Educatie en Communicatie in de Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen     University of Groningen
  Marketing und Sales     IUBH - Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef Bonn
  Business Development Management     Europäische Fachhochschule (EUFH)
  International Health Care Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Petroleum Engineering     TU Clausthal
  Technologieanalyse, -engineering und -management     Hochschule Osnabrück
  Computational Design and Fabrication Technologies in Architecture     Middle East Technical University (METU)
  Notarieel recht     University of Groningen
  Brand and Luxury Goods Marketing     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Engineering and Production Management     FH JOANNEUM
  Business and Organisation     Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Personalmanagement     IUBH - Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef Bonn
  Strategic Leadership     Donau-Universität Krems
  German-Turkish Social Sciences     Middle East Technical University (METU)
  Nederlands recht     University of Groningen
  Projektmanagement     IUBH - Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef Bonn
  Internationale Betriebswirtschaftslehre (M.Sc.)     Hochschule Darmstadt
  Designing Digital Business     FHWien der WKW
  Business Administration     SABI University
  Wirtschaftsinformatik     Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig
  Systems Engineering     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  General Management – dual     Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Sprint     CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG
  Physician Assistant (algemeen)     Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  Public Administration     SABI University
  International Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Controlling     IUBH - Internationale Hochschule Bad Honnef Bonn
  Global Marketing Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik     Fachhochschule Aachen
  Lebensmittel: Produkt- und Prozessentwicklung     FH JOANNEUM
  Informatik dual     Hochschule Darmstadt
  Sportbeleid en sportmanagement     Utrecht University
  Wirtschaftsinformatik     Hochschule Stralsund
  Maatschappijleer (Teaching Master)     University of Groningen
  Digital Business Management     CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG
  ...     ...


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