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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   M.A. Wirtschaftspsychologie (Business Coaching & Business Consulting)   comprehensive profile   VICTORIA | Internationale Hochschule Berlin
comprehensive profile   M.A. Business Management & Development   comprehensive profile   VICTORIA | Internationale Hochschule Berlin
comprehensive profile   Executive Engineering     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
comprehensive profile   Advanced Practice in Healthcare     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
comprehensive profile   Bauingenieurwesen     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
comprehensive profile   Master of Science in IT Systems Engineering     Steinbeis School of Management and Technology
comprehensive profile   Entrepreneurship     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
comprehensive profile   Trainingswissenschaft und Sporternährung     IST-Hochschule für Management
  Engineering Management with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Applied Food Safety and Quality Management with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Food Innovation with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Business Management with a Professional Placement Year     Cardiff University
  Electrical Power Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Advanced Chemical Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Pharmaceutical Sciences with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Pharmacy Practice     King's College London
  Civil Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Practice     University of Greenwich
  Accounting and Finance     Zurich Gruppe Deutschland
  Sprint     CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG
  Medizintechnische Systeme     Hochschule Stralsund
  Mannheim Master of Taxation     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Prozessmanagement     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  Internationales Tourismusmanagement     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Global Management and Communication     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Robotics Systems Engineering     Fachhochschule Oberösterreich
  Maschinenbau     Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
  Mannheim Master in Sustainability and Impact Management     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Prävention, Sporttherapie und Gesundheitsmanagement     IST-Hochschule für Management
  Wirtschaftsinformatik und IT-Management     AKAD University – AKAD Hochschule Stuttgart
  Mannheim Master of Applied Data Science & Measurement     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Finance     Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Center for Advanced Studies
  Quality Engineering     Provadis Hochschule Frankfurt am Main
  Mannheim Master in Management Analytics (Part-Time)     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Master of Science in Wirtschaftsinformatik (M.Sc.)     Steinbeis School of Management and Technology
  Maschinenbau     Hochschule Stralsund
  Mannheim Master of Accounting     Mannheim Business School gGmbH
  Systems Engineering     Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen
  ...     ...
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