Research Advantage

Dual Award & Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree Programs

The University of Newcastle is dedicated to providing quality research training of PhD candidates and enriching the experiences of our PhD candidates while undertaking their chosen field of study.

UON’s Jointly Awarded (JADD) and Dual Award (DADD) Doctoral Degree programs enable PhD candidates to complete their degree jointly at UON and an international partner institution and receive recognition for such on their degree testamur(s). The candidates gain international and cultural experiences, exposure to different academic environments, and access to international supervisors, equipment and facilities, international networking opportunities, and enhanced future employment opportunities.

These programs are internationally recognised as a means of establishing and enhancing strong and enduring relationships with international research universities and researchers. They can establish and enhance international research collaborations, provide opportunities for joint publications, provide access to new funding schemes and make UON a more attractive destination for both domestic and international PhD candidates.

The JADD program is one in which the candidate receives a single testamur bearing the seals of UON and the partner university. The DADD program is one in which the candidate receives two testamurs, one from UON and one from the partner institution each recognising that the program was carried out in partnership with the other institution.

A comparison table outlining the differences between Dual Award and Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree programs can be found here.

The following is a list of institutions with whom an Institutional Agreement has been signed for the award of Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree programs:

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia

To be designated as a partner institution for the establishment of joint doctoral degree programs (Jointly Awarded or Dual Award), the partner institution must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The institution must be in the top 3% of world rankings according to the latest QS World University Rankings (or the specific discipline/faculty must be within the top 3% if the institution as a whole is not)
  • There are established research links and/or collaborations between those establishing the joint PhD program
  • The resources (including supervision) available to the PhD candidate at the partner institution at least match those provided at UON

If the partner institution does not meet the criteria specified above then consideration for establishment of a joint Doctoral Degree program will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Graduate Research who will take in to consideration:

  • the QS ranking of the proposed institution/discipline
  • any ongoing or prior collaborations between those wishing to establish the joint degree
  • availability of adequate resources for the PhD candidate
  • strategic value of the proposed joint program.

The Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree program is established with an approved UON partner institution and governed by an umbrella institutional agreement.

1. A signed and current Institutional Agreement for the award of joint PhDs between UON and the other institution must be in existence – see list of partners.

  • If such an Institutional Agreement is not in existence then one must be established. If the proposed partner institution meets the criteria for the establishment of an Institutional Agreement and the award of Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degrees then an Application to establish an Institutional Agreement: Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree must be completed.

2. After the execution of the Institutional Agreement, an Application to establish a Candidate Agreement : Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree form must be completed by the UON PhD supervisor in consultation with the candidate and supervisor at the partner institution.

3. A UON Graduate Research staff member will liaise with the partner institution and develop a Candidate Agreement to be signed by the PhD candidate, delegated authorities of UON and delegated authorities of the partner institution. The supervisor should not enter into such discussions.

1. A Proposal to Establish a Dual Award Program form must be completed by the UON supervisor in consultation with the candidate and supervisor at the partner institution.

2. If approved by the Dean of Graduate Research, a UON Graduate Research staff member will liaise with the partner institution and develop a Candidate Agreement to be signed by the PhD candidate, delegated authorities of UON and delegated authorities of the partner institution.

The Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree and Dual Award Doctoral Degree Policy provides a concise set of guiding principles for the Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree and Dual Award Doctoral Degree programs. This policy is a reference point for PhD candidates, UON staff members and partner institutions to assist in establishing Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree or Dual Award Doctoral Degree programs and outline UON’s expectations and requirements.

The Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degrees and Dual Award Doctoral Degrees Policy is available in the Policy Library.

Should you have any inquiries regarding Dual Award or Jointly Awarded programs, please contact Arianne Galvin, Manager, Strategic Recruitment.

Telephone: 02 49217261

Email: HDR-Partnerships@newcastle.edu.au