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.

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

    study programmes     universities
comprehensive profile   Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation   comprehensive profile   Hult International Business School
comprehensive profile   Master of Science in IT Systems Engineering     Steinbeis School of Management and Technology
comprehensive profile   Trainingswissenschaft und Sporternährung     IST-Hochschule für Management
  Food Innovation with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Applied Food Safety and Quality Management with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Electrical Power Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Pharmacy Practice     King's College London
  Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Advanced Chemical Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  School of Sport & Health Sciences     University of Central Lancashire
  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Civil Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Business Management with a Professional Placement Year     Cardiff University
  Engineering Management with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Technology Based Business Development     Aarhus University
  Building Entrepreneurs!     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Quality Engineering     Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  Master of Business Administration (MBA)     IST-Hochschule für Management
  M.A. Wirtschaftspsychologie (Business Coaching & Business Consulting)     VICTORIA | Internationale Hochschule Berlin
  Wertschöpfungsmanagement im Maschinenbau     Hochschule Hannover
  Master Degree in Tourism Business Management     Iriarte Internacional University College
  Global Sports Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Master of Science in Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (M.Sc.)     Steinbeis School of Management and Technology
  Physician Assistant (Klinisch Verloskundige)     Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  Electrical Engineering     Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Kempten
  Medizintechnische Systeme     Hochschule Stralsund
  Wirtschaftsinformatik     Hochschule Stralsund
  Führung und Organisation     Hochschule Osnabrück
  Master of Management in Finance (MMF)     McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management
  Sportbeleid en sportmanagement     Utrecht University
  Evangelische Theologie     Evangelische Hochschule Tabor
  Mannheim Master in Management Analytics (Part-Time)     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Prozessmanagement     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  Internationales Tourismusmanagement     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Dualer Master Digitale Transformation     Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Accounting and Finance     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Petroleum Engineering     TU Clausthal
  Digital Innovation and Research     Fachhochschule St. Pölten
  ...     ...
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