Joint or double PhD
A joint or a double PhD is a PhD that is prepared at two universities (in Belgium or abroad). The minimum requirement is that the PhD student conducts at least six months of research at the partner institution. The thesis is defended at only one of the two universities, but the PhD student receives a doctoral diploma from both institutions.
- In case of a joint PhD, the two institutions confer one and the same doctoral title. This can be done via one diploma that is approved by both universities, or via two diplomas that refer to each other.
- In case of a double PhD, the institutions confer two different doctoral titles. This can be done via one diploma mentioning both titles, or via two diplomas that refer to each other.
In practice, we commonly use the term 'joint PhD' to indicate both types (joint or double PhD).
The general PhD regulations of UAntwerp state the rules with regard to joint PhDs in articles 41-47.
Incoming and outgoing joint PhD students
In case of a joint or double PhD, one university will be the 'home institution'. The other university will act as the 'partner institution'.
- In case of an outgoing joint PhD, the University of Antwerp is the home institution. When starting the joint PhD, outgoing PhD students should first enrol as PhD students at the University of Antwerp, and follow the 'standard procedure' for PhDs at our university. They must perform at least 6 months of research at the partner institution. As soon as the partner institution has also admitted them as a joint PhD student to their university, they must enrol there as a PhD student as soon as possible.
- In case of an incoming joint PhD, the other university acts as the home institution. Consequently, incoming joint PhD students are enrolled at the other university when they apply for their joint PhD with UAntwerp. They wish to conduct joint PhD research with a supervisor employed by our university as a member of the tenured academic staff (ZAP). They must conduct at least 6 months of research at UAntwerp.
The designation of the 'home institution' or 'main institution' can be determined based on one or more of the following elements:
- Funding: the institution that funds (most of) the doctoral research or the institution to which the supervisor belongs under whose authority the application of the external funding occurred;
- Presence: the institution where most of the doctoral research takes place, where the PhD researcher will spend most of his/her working hours;
- Start: the institution where the doctoral research was initiated, where the PhD researcher first registered.
If these criteria are not sufficient to distinguish between the two institutions, the main institution will be designated by mutual agreement.