A joint degree is a programme of study which has been jointly developed and delivered by more than one institution and which leads to a single award. The single award parchment will be endorsed by all partners. Programme duration will be the same as for a single award.
A dual degree is a programme of study which has been jointly developed and delivered, and is conferred by more than one institution. Each institution will issue a parchment for its own award. A supplementary certificate may be provided to attest to the involvement of the other party in programme delivery. A validation site visit may be required.
A dual degree is sometimes referred to as a double degree where students have completed sufficient study at two institutions to receive an award from each in accordance with their respective regulations. Some sharing of academic credit may be required and this is acknowledged within supporting Memoranda of Agreement.
Educational and Research Collaborative Arrangement.
Can be UK/EU or international.
The University must ensure that the proposed partner has the legal capacity to award a joint degree.
Important to identify a ‘lead’ institution.
Specific issues to be considered to define the roles and responsibilities of each partner.
Validation may be required.
Subject to the University’s academic standards and quality assurance procedures including annual and periodic review.
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Characteristics Statement available.
Memorandum of Agreement required.
Template joint parchment to be approved by Chair of Education Committee (Quality and Standards) and Director of Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs)