For a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse) the dissertation procedure is undertaken in collaboration with an international partner university and leads to a joint degree. The framework conditions for a double doctorate are regulated by a contractual agreement between the universities involved. It includes joint supervision of the dissertation, balanced research stays at the participating institutions, involvement of the external supervisors in the assessment and examination procedure, and issuing a joint PhD certificate or two certificates that reference each other.
In the course of double doctorates PhD candidates acquire soundly based knowledge of different academic systems and improve, in addition to their foreign language skills, above all their intercultural competence. They thereby qualify themselves ideally for international university and extra-university career paths. By promoting the mobility of their doctoral candidates universities consolidate existing research cooperation and further extend their international network. Double dissertation procedures thus contribute to to the university’s own internationalization strategy.
Section 7 of the TUHH’s Doctoral Degree Regulations (Promotionsordnung) states that collaborative doctoral dissertation procedures with international partners are possible but must be agreed contractually in the individual case.
The TUHH currently allows for double doctorates only within the framework of existing cooperation agreements with partner universities or of structured funding such as MSc programs.
The following steps must be undertaken by applicants as necessary:
The TUHH has drawn up a model agreement that has been examined by the Legal Department and is available in German and English. Use of this agreement is recommended but is not obligatory. It can, as necessary, be adapted to meet the requirements of doctoral award procedures or the foreign partner institution(s). A contract drawn up by the foreign partner university may also be used. However, it must in every case be checked for conformity by the Legal Department.
Contact for Initial Information:
Manager of Internationalization
Tel.: +49 40 42878 4409
Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 1 (A),
Raum A 2.71