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Transatlantic Double Degree


The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with Washburn University (United States of America), Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (Finland), and University of Szeged (Hungary), has developed a transatlantic double degree programme (TADD) which will enable full-time, nursing students to obtain an additional degree from a partner institution of higher education.  Funded jointly by the European Union and the US Department of Education, students undertaking the undergraduate programme are required to study at institutions located in both the European Union and in the United States.  On completion, successful students will be awarded two separate degrees by the participating institutions; one from Queen’s University Belfast and one from the host institution.  The rationale for the transatlantic programme is that the additional degree will increase the student’s skills and knowledge, affording them greater awareness of health care provision and culture within a global perspective.  This, in turn, will facilitate professional and employment mobility and lifelong learning.


Structure of TADD Programme



The programme will commence June 2010 (to Finland) and September 2010 (to other countries).  It will run for four years, and with partner agreement it may be sustained beyond this period.  During the four year period 24 students from Europe (8 from each European University – i.e. for Queen’s three for year one, three for year two, and two for year three) will study in two partner universities.  For Queen’s students they will study in Washburn University for one academic year and in Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (Finland) for a shorter three month study placement.  During the same period 24 Washburn University students will study in two of the European Universities.  Following successful completion of their study placement, Queen’s students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Washburn University.  They will also be awarded 30 CAT points (15ECTS) from the second university where they undertook the shorter placement.  Similarly, Washburn students coming to Queen’s for the longer placement (i.e. one academic year) will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies degree.  Students from Europe undertaking the shorter three month placement at Queen’s will be awarded 30 CAT points. 


Student Selection for the Transatlantic Double Degree Programme

Regular full-time students undertaking a nursing degree programme at either Queen’s University Belfast, Washburn University, Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, or the University of Szeged, can apply for entry onto the transatlantic double degree programme.  Students will be recruited to the programme according to specific selection criteria agreed by all four participating universities.


Application Form - for QUB Students Only  (including guidance notes)

Application Form - for Washburn, Mikkeli and Szeged Students Only (including guidance notes)



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