Double and joint degrees – University of Copenhagen

Double and joint degrees

If a supervisor and a prospective PhD student wish to embark on a double or joint PhD project with another university, the following rules must be observed:

  • A cooperation agreement must be in place with the partner university.
  • The PhD student must have a supervisor at each university.
  • A research project of mutual interest must be drafted.
  • The PhD student must complete a stay of at least six months at the partner university.
  • The PhD student must be enrolled at both universities and meet the same requirements as other PhD students.
  • The tuition fee is usually paid at the university where the PhD student has his or her primary affiliation.

Current double and joint degree options

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences currently offers double or joint degrees with the following international partners:

Requirements for entering into a double or joint degree collaboration

  • The Graduate School only enters into framework agreements, involving at least 4-6 PhD projects. The research collaboration between the two universities must be substantial. Grants such as European Joint Doctorates (EJD) are considered substantial research collaborations. 
  • The Graduate School does not set up individual double or joint degree agreements solely on the basis of one potential PhD student.
  • Any collaboration agreements must be negotiated with the partner university by the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences.
  • A new double and joint degree agreement can take up to a year to conclude and cannot be entered into on behalf of PhD students who are already enrolled, or are soon to be enrolled, at any of the partner universities.

The difference between a double and a joint degree?

Double degrees: at the end of the PhD programme, the PhD student will receive two PhD diplomas, one from each of the partner universities.

Joint degrees: at the end of the PhD programme, the PhD student will receive a single PhD diploma, issued jointly by both partner universities.

Other universities abroad may have different definitions of these concepts and they are often used interchangeably.