Double and joint degrees

What are double and joint degrees?

A double or a joint degree is a collaboration between two universities on a common PhD project on the basis of a mutual binding collaboration agreement.

Based on one PhD thesis submitted to both universities for assessment, a joint degree is the award of one single PhD diploma, while a double degree is the award of two PhD diplomas – one from each university. Whether a PhD student will get a joint or a double degree is defined in the agreement between the universities.

If a supervisor and a prospective PhD student wish to pursue a double or joint PhD project with another university, please consider the following:

  • Both universities must be prepared for accepting the project as a double or joint PhD degree.
  • 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 research stay counts as the mandatory change of research environment.
  • The PhD student must be enrolled at both universities and meet the same requirements by both universities as other PhD students.
  • The tuition fee is usually paid at the university where the PhD student has his or her primary enrolment.
  • The double or joint PhD degree agreement must be finished within six months after enrolment.

Framework agreements with other universities

Current double and joint degree options

As part of a framework agreement, the Graduate School offers double or joint degrees with the following partners:

Any new agreements must be negotiated with the partner university by the Graduate School.

The Graduate School enters framework agreements that involve at least 5-7 PhD projects. The research collaboration between the two universities must be substantial. Grants such as European Joint Doctorates (EJD) are considered substantial research collaborations. 

A new framework 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.

Individual double degree agreements

The Graduate School can also set up a double degree agreement for an individual PhD student.

You and your principal supervisor must contact the Graduate School motivating the request for a double degree with the partner institution in question.

The PhD student must be (or accepted to be) enrolled at the Graduate School at SUND. The PhD student must also enrol at the partner institution.

As a double degree PhD student, you must comply with all PhD rules and regulations at SUND as well as the Ministerial PhD Order. This includes enrolment, structure of the PhD programme, assessment of the PhD thesis and the award of the PhD degree.

Tuition fee will be paid to SUND.