Joint PhD (Cotutelle) Programme

‘Cotutelle’ refers to a PhD degree program that is undertaken jointly with supervision at both USP and the partner institution. The PhD student (regional or international) must spend time in residence at both USP and the partner institution during their candidature and, if successful, will be awarded a PhD degree jointly by both partner institutions. USP does not support ‘dual awards ‘ whereby the candidate received separate degrees from each partner institution. 

The cotutelle degree provides benefits to candidates as well as the partner institutions. It enriches the candidates’ training experiences, exposes them to different education environments and encourages them to forge personal and professional links that will enhance their career prospects. Cotutelle agreements also support the strategic goals of USP in developing and strengthening research networks and enhancing PhD programme recruitment. 

Students seeking to undertake a cotutelle degree need to have an appropriately resourced project and appropriate supervision at both partner institutions. Potential candidates must also satisfy each university’s normal admission requirements, including language proficiency. 

To learn more about the Joint PhD (Cotutelle) programme, please have a look at the policy document

For queries or concerns, please contact:

Research Student Coordinator

Ms Anushka Maharaj
Research Office
The University of the South Pacific
Phone: (+679) 323 1888
Fax:  (+679) 323 1504
Email: maharaj_a@usp.ac.fj [preferred]