Jointly Supervised PhD
Supervised PhD - allows a doctoral candidate to obtain a PhD from two universities
simultaneously, with or without coursework, and recognized by both
institutions as the same degree.
institution - institution where the doctoral
candidate applied and was admitted.
institution - where the candidate will do a part of
the research and where the dissertation co-advisor teaches.
The University of Coimbra participates in the
joint supervision PhD program under the terms of the Regulation on Jointly
Supervised PhDs, which defines the framework for its implementation at the
University of Coimbra, and the rules for its completion.
Doctoral candidates who wish to obtain one
doctorate degree from two universities simultaneously, under the terms of the
above mentioned regulation.
of doctorate programs considered by both institutions as equal.
of registration by the doctoral candidate at the home institution.
doctoral candidate is required to have two co-advisors, one from each
university. The co-advisors must sign a formal agreement for each student
defining the exact terms of the joint supervision.
candidate must do some work at each of the institutions.
A minimum of one school year must be spent at
each institution (with at least nine months of continuous presence), and can be
for two consecutive semesters and must begin after the agreement is signed and
cannot be completed through equivalency credits.
doctoral candidate expresses interest to the advisor in completing a
jointly supervised PhD or the advisor invites the student to do so.
advisor and doctoral candidate decide on the work to be done at the
partner university, and the timetable for completing it, making the
necessary contacts to implement the agreement.
the co-advisor from the partner university agrees, the doctorate program
is considered to meet all requirements per the Joint Supervision
Per the Regulation's protocol, the joint
supervision program is only implemented after all parties reach an agreement.
agreement is written in Portuguese and English as applicable.
candidate is required to register each year at both the home and partner
The doctoral candidate will be publicly
defended at the university agreed upon by all parties.
The rules for these defenses, including
committee selection, are defined by the joint supervision agreement and
according to the terms of policies and rules of the university where the
defense takes place, in effect at the time.
committee should include at least two professors or researchers, nominated
by the two universities concerned.
The PhD is awarded by both institutions in the
doctorate program subject area upon successful public defense of the
Each institution issues a separate diploma
attesting the degree awarded, according to its own regulations. Eac.h
institution should include mention of the other institution as the partner in
the jointly supervised PhD