Joint / Dual research degrees

Joint / dual awards involve a collaboration with another degree awarding institution leading to the award of a single or joint qualification.

A joint / dual PhD programme is a partnership between a lead and a partner institution. Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) work with supervisors in both institutions, spending time and benefiting from access to learning resources in both locations. 

We define these as: 

Joint PhD
Both institutions agree on the programme outline and assessment procedures for the PGR. There is one agreed method of assessment (transfer, annual progress monitoring, examination) conducted with members of both institutions. One joint degree is awarded, stating both institutions on the certificate.

Dual PhD
Both institutions agree on the programme outline and assessment procedures for the PGR. There are agreed methods of assessment (transfer, annual progress monitoring, examination) which may be conducted separately by each institution. Two dual degrees are awarded, one by each institution. 

Information and Guidance
The development of Joint / Dual PhDs are always led by the institution and are designed to recruit PGR cohorts. Individual requests for study under a cotutelle arrangement are not accepted by the University of Leeds.

Programme development can be a lengthy process, as both institutions must agree on comparable admissions, registration, assessment, progression monitoring and examination processes before an agreement can be formalised. Please contact Dr Christina Robinson, Head of PGR Programmes, for guidance before consulting with another institution.

Guidance for developing a joint PhD degree

Dual/Joint award checklist - regulations

Dual/Joint award checklist - management