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On joint degrees

The basis for a joint degree is international collaboration on education between two or more institutions. Within PhD education the degree is conferred jointly between the institutions after completion.

Joint degrees may be suitable for candidates included in major research projects that are already established and involve two or more collaborating institutions.

This procedure description applies to special aspects of PhD-level joint degree collaboration, including the Collaborative European Training Networks as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. If this is the case, then the research advisors must be involved.

«Regulations for the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD) at the University of Bergen" is the most important reference document in the preparation of joint degrees.

It will be advantageous in the planning for joint degrees at PhD level to consult the procedure description Guide for the establishment and management of joint degrees at bachelor and master's degree level. Nevertheless, it must be assumed that a joint degree at PhD level is different from those at BA and MA level.

This procedure description covers many individual components, steps and phases in a collaboration on joint degrees at PhD level, and demonstrates great flexibility and scope of action for the parties. The requirements pertaining to the public disputation and the mandate that the supervisor is not permitted to be a member of the assessment committee are absolute and compulsory, so-called non-negotiable, and are therefore included in this procedure description.