Difference between Degree and Non-Degree Programmes
The St. Pölten UAS offers degree and non-degree programmes. Degree programmes are bachelor and master degree programmes, while non-degree programmes are further education programmes (Section 9 University of Applied Sciences Studies Act - FHStG) and individual courses and modules.
Full-time programmes are generally held from Monday to Friday.
The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences enables students to combine studying, working and family and takes the needs of students working in various professional fields into consideration. Most of the part-time degree programmes last two to three and a half years, depending on whether students pursue a bachelor or a master degree.
The organisation of the degree programmes offered at the St. Pölten UAS is tailored to meet the specific needs of working students: mandatory presence phases, which are usually held in the evenings or at weekends, with block seminars/intensive weeks, and individual learning phases. Combining different methods, such as e-learning, the so-called blended learning approach allows for flexible time scheduling.
Some degree programmes are organized as a combination of a part-time degree program and a full-time degree programme. These programmes were initially designed for students who can primarily concentrate on their studies. Various organizational and didactic measures (e.g. blocked courses) also allow students to combine studying with a (part-time) job.
This form of degree programme can be studied in the following programmes:
- Data Science and Business Analytics
- Digital Design
- Digital Marketing and Communication
- Digital Media Management
- Digital Media Production
- Interactive Technologies
- Economic and Financial Communications
Dual Study Programmes
Dual study programmes offer even more possibilities to combine studying and working in a study-related field than traditional part-time study programmes. Practice and training blocks at partner companies are an integral part of the curriculum.
The dual education takes place parallel at the St. Pölten UAS and in the form of fixed practice/training blocks in the cooperating companies.
Projects that are carried out during the studies give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, put theoretical aspects of their studies into practice and gain a better understanding. The requirements of each project can be seen in the current tasks given by the partner companies.
Advantages of Dual Study Programmes
High practical relevance: in dual study programmes, students gain profound practical experience while still studying.
Financial security: usually, students earn a salary while studying. Some companies also cover tuition fees.
Good future prospects: on the one hand, there is a high demand for graduates of dual study programmes on the job market and, on the other hand, many can start working directly at their training company.
For companies: dual degree programmes allow companies to train employees in the best possible way for the needs of their businesses. Companies are directly involved in shaping education and can widen their appeal to prospective employees.
Dual Study Programmes at the St. Pölten UAS
- Smart Engineering of Production Technologies and Processes
- Applied Research and Innovation in Computer Science
- Cyber Security and Resilience