Joint Higher Degrees by Research

Great research requires new perspectives, an environment which encourages the collision of different ideas and the support of a collegiate community dedicated to the strengthening of ideas and committed to purposeful change.

The University of Tasmania chooses to pursue excellence across five Research Themes, in partnership with domestic and international institutions that are prepared to put interesting, intellectually-sound ideas into action. This engagement provides a stepping-stone to effective action that can benefit the global community in line with the University’s Research Strategy (PDF 2.7MB) and International Strategy.

Current and future candidates can apply to undertake their candidature under Dual Award, Cotutelle or Jointly-Badged Programs (collectively termed Joint Higher Degree by Research Programs) between the University of Tasmania and partner institutions in Australia and overseas.

Joint Higher Degree by Research Programs provide benefits to both candidates and the University:

  • Access to research environments at (at least) two institutions and their associated social and academic cultures allows candidates to explore research questions from multiple perspectives and to create novel solutions to complex problems.
  • Candidates and researchers expand their networks and opportunities by developing connections at both the University of Tasmania and the partner institution.
  • Candidates and researchers enrich their research experience via access to an increased bank of physical, human and technological resources.
  • The University of Tasmania benefits through the development and promotion of domestic and international research collaborations.

Under Dual Award Programs:

  • Candidates are enrolled at both institutions for the duration of candidature.
  • Each institution appoints at least one supervisor who is involved in the supervision of the Candidate throughout their candidature (regardless of location).
  • Candidates must meet the progression requirements of both institutions, though exemptions from, or amendments to, requirements to avoid repeating work can be agreed to.
  • Candidates prepare one body of work, reflected in one thesis.
  • Both institutions’ examination requirements must be met.
  • Each institution issues a separate testamur acknowledging that the candidature was completed under a Dual Award Program.
  • The Candidate can attend one, or both, graduations.

Cotutelle Programs are a specific type of Dual Award Program between the University of Tasmania and a French partner institution, created by virtue of French legislation.

Under Jointly-Badged Programs:

  • Candidates are enrolled at both institutions for the duration of candidature.
  • Each institution appoints at least one supervisor who is involved in the supervision of the candidate throughout their candidature (regardless of location).
  • Candidates prepare one body of work, reflected in one thesis.
  • One institution, designated as the lead institution, is responsible for monitoring progress and for examining the thesis.
  • The decision of the lead institution in regards to the examination binds the partner institution.
  • The candidate receives one testamur with the badge of both institutions.
  • The candidate can only attend one graduation ceremony.

If you are interested in participating in a Joint Higher Degree by Research Program, please contact the University’s Joint Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator.

Candidate Agreements can take six months, or longer, to finalise so the process should be started as early as possible, noting that it is ideal for Candidate Agreements to be signed before the commencement of candidature.

Please note that candidates who have commenced at either the University of Tasmania or a partner institution must have finalised their Candidate Agreement within twelve months of commencing candidature.

The University of Tasmania has Joint Higher Degree by Research Programs with the following institutions:

Institution

Country

Avignon University

France

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

China

China University of Mining & Technology

China

Hokkaido University

Japan

Pierre and Marie Curie University

France

Université Grenoble Alpes

France

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom

University of the Sunshine Coast

Australia

University of Western Brittany

France

Wageningen University & Research

Netherlands

Yangzhou University

China

Please note that this list changes periodically. If you are interested in participating in a Joint Higher Degree by Research Program with an institution not included on this list, please contact the University’s Joint Higher Degrees by Research Coordinator.