Choosing the right Master’s degree might be a hard task. Next to the field of study that you need to think of, there are a lot more factors to be considered. Which study form will fit to your lifestyle the best? What are the advantages and the disadvantages of full-time and part-time Masters? Do you want to spend more time at the university or would you need some free time for work? We have summarized some of the pros and cons which could influence your choice.
The full-time study form is the more “standard” one. If you pick it for your Masters, you will spend a lot of time at the university like most of the students. This way you will have the chance to assimilate better the information, to practice and repeat the taught material.
You will have permanent contact with your co-students and the possibility to discuss subjects, exams, exercises, homework, etc. Last but not least you will be involved in the university social life and you will get the chance to make friends there; and why not create a business network. To be a full-time student means that your life will circulate around the university during your Masters. You will have enough time to participate some extracurricular activities out-of-class activities or even become a member of university clubs and organizations. Besides your intensive communication with other students, you will have many possibilities for personal contact with your teachers.
A full-time student is a student par excellence. Considering the financial part of the study, you will have all the financial privileges – for accommodation, travel costs, student discounts for museums, theaters, cinema, etc. At the same time, you will probably have no time for a job. Hence, it’s very likely, that you wouldn’t be capable to finance your studies yourself and you might need the support of your parents.
Other aspect that you should think of is the work experience. As you will be in the classroom most of your time, you will graduate your Master with a lot of theoretical knowledge, but with no practical experience. Part-time study allows gathering of work experience.
If you are looking attentively at the part-time study form, you might want to work next to your study. Working and gathering professional experience might be considered as one of the strongest advantages of the part-time study. This way you will be able to declare some practical mastery right after your graduation which might be crucial for your job applications.
Simultaneously, it might happen that the job you have during your education takes too much of your time and it’s not connected to your professional field. In that case, your work might be rather troublesome than helpful, because the lack of time might influence your performance at the university. If you have a good self-discipline though, you could perfectly combine work and study and profit a lot from a part-time study. Furthermore, at some universities certain classes are taught online for part-time students.
Therefore, you should try to evaluate many aspects of your decision – Master’s degree, job, time, self-organization capability. Keep in mind, that a part-time study usually lasts longer than full-time.
Concerning the financial part, the part-time study will give you more opportunities to boost your Master’s. Although, depending on your income and your study costs, you still might need some support from outside. Besides, you might not benefit from the student discounts that full-time students have because part-time students are considered as employed.