Double degree

A double degree collaboration means that the doctoral student conducts their doctoral education at two higher education institutions in parallel. The doctoral student is admitted to a third cycle programme at each higher education institution, has a supervisor at each higher education institution and spends time to a certain extent at each higher education institution. When the education is completed, the doctoral student receives a degree certificate from each higher education institution, i.e. two separate certificates. The certificates / diploma supplements must state that the education has been conducted as a collaboration between the higher education institutions.


In order for a double degree collaboration to be carried out, an agreement must be drawn up between the higher education institutions. For doctoral education, agreements are normally drawn up on an individual basis, i.e. for an individual doctoral student. The regulations at both higher education institutions must be met in order for the collaboration to be implemented and lead to a degree. It is therefore important that it is investigated in connection with the preparation of the agreement that both national and local rules can be applied and work together. It needs to be investigated, for example, whether the rules regarding public defence are compatible so that the thesis can be examined at both higher education institutions in a joint public defence, or whether two separate public defences need to be carried out.

Agreement template

At LTH, there is a template for double degree-agreements that by virtue can be used. The template is available at LTHin and it is prepared by the department / main supervisor at LTH together with the other higher education institution. The coordinator for doctoral education at LTH's office is a support in the writing of the agreement and mediates the agreement for signature to LTH's rector. If the agreement does not follow LTH's template, the legal department also needs to review the agreement.

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Double degree and international opportunities

Double degree collaborations are most often carried out with foreign universities. Read more under international opportunities.

International opportunities

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