International Management – cooperative study programme

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Business Management


Objectives and Structure

The cooperative Master’s programme in International Management enables students to work with a partner company to consolidate and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired on a Bachelor’s programme in field of business administration. The objective of taking part in a cooperative Master’s programme is to prepare students to take on challenging specialist and managerial duties to a high standard within international enterprises active within any sector or at any level, or in associations, scientific institutions or public bodies. By combining theory with practice, students will receive optimal preparation for taking on managerial tasks within a company.

What our students can expect:

  • To study at the university in order to consolidate and further develop their knowledge in the field of business administration with an international focus
  • To combine theory with practice at the partner company
  • To advance their methodological and social skills as preparation for taking on specialist and managerial duties, especially within the partner company
  • To develop their individual profile through the numerous options available to them as of the second semester

Five compulsory modules, each worth 6 credit points, will be covered in the first semester. One of these modules will be completed in collaboration with the partner company. During university holidays (please see the programme timetable), students can work at the partner company. In the second semester, students can choose one of three specialisations (22 credit points) and one of four additional modules (8 credit points). In the third semester, students may either undertake an international project at the partner company, or an internship at the partner company’s foreign office. Both the internship and the international project last 20 weeks. During the fourth semester, students will work on their Master’s thesis in collaboration with the partner company (24 credit points). Following this, they will complete an oral examination at the university (6 credit points).

You can find detailed information on the timetable and content of the programme in the module guide.

Students will spend around 66% of their time on the degree programme at the partner company. Depending on when students start the study programme, time schedule is as follows:

Information on application and admission

Companies usually select candidates for the cooperative Master’s programme and put them forward for the degree programme.

For the selected applicants to enrol, the following steps must be taken:

  • A work, internship or training agreement must be concluded between the company and the candidate lasting for the duration of the degree programme (standard period of study)
  • A cooperation agreement must be concluded between the company and the university

More information is provided by the programme manager, Ms Larissa Kolodziey:

Applicants must also fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • They must prove that they have completed a Bachelor’s programme in the field of business administration during which they covered a minimum of 180 credit points, with 100 of these points having been gained from modules in business administration subjects
  • They must prove that they have a level C1 in English as per the Common European Framework of Reference

Candidates must submit their applications to us by the deadline and as per standard procedure.
If the candidate fulfils the admission requirements and the agreements indicated above have been concluded, they will receive a guaranteed place in the programme.