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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
  Pharmacy Practice     King's College London
  Wirtschaftspsychologie     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Führung und Organisation     Hochschule Osnabrück
  Wirtschaftsinformatik und IT-Management     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Maschinenbau Mechatronik     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  Angewandte Informatik/Infotronik     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Wertschöpfungsmanagement im Maschinenbau     Hochschule Hannover
  Wirtschaftsmathematik     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Technologiemanagement     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Petroleum Engineering     TU Clausthal
  Sprint     CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG
  Internationales Tourismusmanagement     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Discourse and Argumentation Studies     University of Amsterdam
  Business Administration     SABI University
  Nachhaltigkeit und Systemisches Management     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Design for Interaction     Middle East Technical University (METU)
  Kommunikationsmanagement     IST-Hochschule für Management
  Business Management and Development     Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Technik und Kultur (HWTK)
  Informatik dual     Hochschule Darmstadt
  Computational Design and Fabrication Technologies in Architecture     Middle East Technical University (METU)
  Digital Transformation Management     Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln
  Business Management - Digital Business Management     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
  General Management – dual     Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  Medizintechnische Systeme     Hochschule Stralsund
  Versicherungswesen     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Global Management and Communication     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Physician Assistant (Klinisch Verloskundige)     Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
  Marketing and Sales     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  MBA Service Management (120 ECTS)     ISS International Business School of Service Management
  Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen     Hochschule Stralsund
  Accounting and Finance     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Informatik     Hochschule Stralsund
  Wirtschaftsinformatik     Hochschule Stralsund
  Technischer Vertrieb     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Business Management     Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  Global Marketing Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Global Sports Management     accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg
  Robotics Systems Engineering     Fachhochschule Oberösterreich
  Entrepreneurship und Innovation (MBA)     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  ...     ...
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