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Joint doctoral degree

The joint doctoral degree allows doctoral candidates to earn a joint degree from two separate institutions by defending one single dissertation.

 

The joint doctoral degree allows a doctoral candidate to earn a degree from two separate institutions by defending one single dissertation. The dissertation is supervised by two thesis advisors, one from each institution, which thereby undertake to award a single doctoral degree on the basis of one dissertation. The diploma so awarded indicates that it has been granted as a double doctorate by "The partner institution" and the University of Geneva.

The joint doctoral degree is granted in accordance with an agreement between the two institutions, to be signed by the two thesis advisors in question, as well as by the dean and the Rector or President of each institution. The International Affairs is charged with administration of the process.

A joint doctoral degree may only be arranged during the first two years of dissertation work. Any request to deviate from this rule must be submitted by the director of thesis to the International Affairs. The decision is the responsability of the Rectorate.

A joint doctoral degree agreement is possible with institutions in the European Union and EFTA member states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) as well as with universities co-signatory to a collaboration agreement with the UNIGE (see Panorama of partner institutions). Applications by other universities are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates must be enrolled at both institutions, but need only pay tuition fees to one of them.