Universiti Putra Malaysia

Jointly awarded PhD program

The Jointly Awarded Research Degree (JADD) is a jointly awarded PhD degree by The University of Newcastle and Universiti Putra Malaysia.  The JADD is in discipline areas offered by both institutions. The PhD degree programme is developed and quality assured by both The University of Newcastle and Universiti Putra Malaysia.  The program takes up to four years to complete and students are required to spend a minimum of 12 months at each University.

This exciting program offers students the invaluable opportunity to experience the academic and research culture of two world-class universities.  Upon successful completion, the candidate will receive a single PhD certificate, jointly awarded and recognised by both The University of Newcastle and Universiti Putra Malaysia. The PhD certificate will have the seals of both institutions.

Benefits of the Program

The program enriches the international study experience of PhD candidates.  Students get to work in two countries and have access to the latest research equipment and facilities.  Students also gain from the knowledge and experience of the departments and research groups from both universities.  The JADD PhD not only facilitates international experience and networking, it offers a more substantial association and real collaboration in research supervision.

What are the Entry Requirements of the Program?

If you hold a Master's degree or its equivalent, and have achieved a CPGA of at least 2.750 from Universiti Putra Malaysia (or other universities recognised by both institutions), then you are eligible for the program.  If your CPGA is lower than 2.750, you may still be considered for the program, provided you have at least three years working experience, and have done research and also published in the area.  You are also required to fulfil the minimum English language requirement of at least 6.5 for IELTS (minimum 6.0 for each component), or 550 for TOEFL paper based tests.

How Long Will I Need to Complete the Program?

The program will take 2 to 4 years to complete.  You are required to spend at least one year at each institution.

What are the Specific Fields of study Under this Program?

You can specialise in any discipline offered by both The University of Newcastle and Universiti Putra Malaysia. While you are encouraged to suggest your own research topic, you may be interested in viewing our PhD Scholarships and Opportunities webpage for a list of research topics that supervisors are currently recruiting candidates for.

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