All proposals for a Collaborative Research Degree Programme (CRDP) involving the joint supervision of more than one student and/or the delivery of a joint or dual PhD award for one or more students, with an external partner, requires the approval of a formal institutional MOA. As such, a staged approval process is required.
Should the arrangement involve the delivery of taught credit as part of an integrated four-year PhD programme (e.g. an MRes) or the validation of research provision/supervision by an external partner without degree awarding powers, then formal validation procedures may be applied with final approval being considered by the Education Committee (Quality and Standards) (ECQS). Schools should liaise with Academic Affairs on the appropriate requirements. Schools should also consult with the Immigration Support Service to ascertain compliance requirements to support international student mobility.