Dual PhDs in Canada gain popularity

February 8, 2013

According to the findings of a recent survey on joint and dual PhD programs in Canada, a growing number of doctoral students are electing to study under a thesis supervisor at 2 universities - one in Canada and one abroad. This joint arrangement, commonly referred to by its French name, cotutelle, is most common with students studying at francophone universities in Quebec who are doing a joint degree with another institution in France. However, interest in cotutelles and other types of collaborative international programs has spread to the rest of the country. The survey, undertaken by Fred Hall, former vice-president of graduate studies at the University of Calgary, found that nearly half of the academic institutions that responded offered some kind of joint or dual PhD program. University Affairs