A cooperative PhD must fulfill the same requirements as a traditional or structured PhD program. Please check the requirements well in advance. It may be possible that, for example, a business law degree from a university of applied sciences doesn’t fulfill the PhD requirements, because one area, for example criminal law, has not been covered at the university of applied sciences.
Students need to sign a contract and a full professor from a traditional research university has to supervise the work. In many cases, financial aid is available. If you are studying at a university of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg and consider continuing with a PhD program, check the university’s website and talk to the admissions office about cooperative doctorate programs. There is a wealth of information and support available.
Cooperative doctorate programs can include a wide variety of subjects. At times, they are very application-oriented, practical projects following high scientific standards. Some are third-party funded projects; others are done in cooperation with companies. Some cooperative doctorate programs are done in conjunction with companies so that the doctoral students may work part-time. They can work on their projects with a professor and a supervisor from the respective company.