Double Doctoral Degrees: Criteria and Guidelines

Double Doctoral Degrees: Criteria and Guidelines

What is a double doctoral degree?
Two different doctoral degrees with some common elements are awarded by two higher education institutions which are legally empowered to award the relevant doctoral degrees. Double degrees include a doctoral research work common to both degrees and separate study requirements, which define the two degrees. The study requirements of each degree may be identical, or may share a number of common elements, or have different components.
Double Doctoral Degree Co-supervision Agreements
Each double doctoral degree is negotiated and accepted separately for each student, and is defined in a Double Doctoral Degree Co-supervision Agreement. The latter is prepared by the senior scientists and a Graduate School Coordinator, together with their counterparts in the partner institution. Once approved by all parties, each Agreement is co-signed by the legal representatives of the institution(s) participating in the student’s doctoral training, the supervisors and the student.
The entry into a double doctoral degree must be planned so that the training defined in the Co-supervision Agreement can start before the end of the first year of doctoral studies.
Who should contact who and when?
The Graduate School Coordinators help and advise the senior scientists during the Agreement negotiation process.
Senior scientists of the University of Oulu who are responsible for the doctoral training of doctoral candidates wishing to undertake double doctoral degrees with Universities outside of Finland must contact the University of Oulu Graduate School Coordinator of their field as soon as the decision to initiate the establishment of an agreement has been made.
Students wishing to undertake a Double Doctoral degree must be in their first year of doctoral training at the start of the process of establishing the Co-supervision Agreement.
Before the Co-supervision Agreement has been signed by all parties, the student may have doctoral study rights in only one Institution: by definition, this is the Home Institution. The doctoral candidate may only apply for doctoral study rights in the other University (defined as the Host Institution), when the Co-supervision Agreement has been signed.
After the Co-supervision Agreement has been signed, the student is expected to work full-time on the doctoral training.
Definitions, Process and Guidelines for setting up a Double Doctoral Degree Agreement.
Detailed descriptions of the criteria and guidelines for establishing a Double Doctoral Degree Agreement can be found HERE

Last updated: 4.12.2017