For all collaborative research degrees please contact Mary Childs, Assistant Academic Registrar, Research Degrees.
QMUL together with one or more other degree awarding institutions, provides a doctoral programme leading to a single PhD award made jointly by the partner institutions.
Criteria for establishing joint awards: the following criteria will be considered when considering the strategic and business case for establishing joint awards:
Initial stage (provisional agreement to explore the partnership): this is made on the basis of a brief outline of the proposal to be sent to Research Degrees Office who will advise on issues that may need to be considered. Key points to consider at this stage:
Strategic approval: Partnerships Board (PB)/Queen Mary Senior Executive (QMSE) (depending on the complexity of the proposal) will grant strategic approval of the partnership. This is done on the basis of a High Risk Proposal Form, including a Due Diligence process and risk assessment. For more information on this part of the process, see the High Risk Activity page.
Approval of the detailed provision: Detailed academic approval by RDPEB on the basis of a Part 2 Programme Proposal Form. It is expected that RDPEB papers would be accompanied by a draft MoA. Please check with Mary Childs for the required documentation.
Following the academic approval, the detailed MoA with the partner and the Individual Doctoral Agreement can be finalised.
Double PhD arrangement: QMUL does not normally enter into double PhD arrangements with another institution.
A student or cohort of students will spend a significant proportion of their programme receiving supervision at both QMUL and another institution or organisation (including industrial partners). Under such arrangements students may be registered only for an award from QMUL or for an award from the partner institution.
Such arrangements are considered on an ad hoc basis.
Arrangements for individual students are agreed with the Research Degrees Office and Joint Research Management Office (JRMO) as appropriate, and a signed agreement is required.
Arrangements for a cohort of students may require a new programme to be established and should follow the new programme approval process.