In May 2009, Universitas 21 established a unique framework for jointly awarded PhDs. Unlike a number of other joint degree programmes, under this scheme, two partner universities will create a tailor-made programme of study for each student, taking individual research needs into account and enabling collaboration with another of the network’s universities.
This exciting opportunity will enhance considerably students’ research and employment opportunities on an international scale. The institutions - from all across the network - currently involved in this ground-breaking programme are:
- Australia: University of Melbourne; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland
- Canada: University of British Columbia; McGill University
- India: University of Delhi
- Ireland: University College Dublin
- New Zealand: University of Auckland
- South Africa: University of Johannesburg
- South Korea: Korea University
- Sweden: Lund University
- United Kingdom: University of Birmingham; University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of Nottingham
Clear benefits for students of these jointly awarded PhDs are access to:
- an academic research programme enhanced by the collaboration of two different high
- quality research environments and cultures
- training and facilities of two research-intensive universities
- the added value of international networking
- a head start in future career planning and professional development.
In setting up a jointly-awarded PhD, the order of events will normally occur in one of two ways (below). The agreements for these programmes however, are unique to each member university and some institutions have a set application route. It is advisable to contact the universities involved or Gemma Marakas (U21) for further information, as in some cases the application process can be lengthy.
Supervisors /advisors from two U21 partner universities develop a joint PhD proposal for consideration by both institutions:
- Proposal is approved by the appropriate authorities at each university
- Funding is secured
- A lead university and a partner university are established
- The joint U21 PhD Scholarship is advertised with competitive recruitment.
Alternatively, some institutions may accept a prospective student who is interested in undertaking a joint PhD and has met relevant selection criteria. The prospective candidate may have already secured funding (for example via a Home Government Scholarship) and may approach one or two selected institutions with a request to pursue a PhD with time spent at each in a joint PhD programme.
The terms of participation of individual students on a jointly awarded PhD will be agreed on a case-by-case basis, and a separate student-specific Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) must be drawn up and approved by the student, both Partner Universities and the identified supervisor/s (advisor/s) of each Partner University.
The agreement must detail, at a minimum, the following:
- Periods of residence at each institution
- Supervisory details
- Examination arrangements
- Fee arrangements
Informal enquiries are welcome at any time. Please contact Jane Usherwood in the Universitas 21 Secretariat (details below)
If you are a student or potential supervisor (advisor) at one of the participating universities please contact the relevant person at your home university as listed in the member page (below) or go to the relevant website. Details of joint research programmes, scholarships and application procedures/deadlines will appear on institutional websites.
University of Auckland: http://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates.html
University of Birmingham:
University of British Columbia: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/joint-phd-program-co-tutelle.
University of Delhi:
University College Dublin:
University of Edinburgh: http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/edinburgh-global/partnerships/showcase-hss/universitas-21-joint-phd.
University of Glasgow: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/postgraduateresearch/collaboratingwithotherinstitutions
University of Melbourne:
University of Queensland: