Academic versus professional education

In general, the difference between academic and professional programmes lies in course content, teaching methods, independence, freedom of choice, course transferability, and graduation perspectives. Similarities can be found in terms of educational philosophy and mindset.


As opposed to a professional bachelor's programme, an academic bachelor's programme will:

  • approach topics and subjects from a wider perspective
  • make you more intensively acquainted with existing theories and academic literature
  • give you extensive training in research methods and how to carry out individual research
  • stimulate you to develop a critical attitude to theories and perspectives