The Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree Program supports students to pursue a PhD across two universities. PhD projects are jointly supervised by prominent academics at UTS and one of our international partnering institutions. These degrees can give you international experience and the opportunity to take advantage of UTS’s strong industry and international partner links.
As a Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree Program student, you will:
spend a substantive portion of your degree (minimum 1 year) at each university
gain access to world-leading research supervision and facilities in two places
graduate with an international qualification that is recognised around the world.
This program is available to both outbound (domestic) and inbound (international) students.
UTS research partner universities
UTS has currently established Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree program agreements with a number of its Key Technology Partners (KTP) and other international partner universities across Asia, America and Europe. Please email the Graduate Research School for further information.
Outbound research students
If you are a domestic student and would like to enrol in this program, please email the Graduate Research School to discuss your options.
Inbound research students
If you are an international student, you will need to complete a two-step application process:
Submit your pre-admission documentation to UTS.
Apply to study at UTS via the online application system.
Before you can apply to study at UTS as part of the Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree Program, the Graduate Research School will need to assess your eligibility.
Please submit the following information via email to the UTS Graduate Research School:
An enrolment letter from your home university indicating your doctoral program start date and expected completion date.
Approval from your home university for you to pursue the collaborative doctoral research degree with UTS.
Evidence that you have established a supervision arrangement with a UTS academic (please use our Find a Supervisor tool to get started).
A research proposal with a timeline that includes a minimum 12-month stay at UTS. The timeline should also include a clear indication of milestones to be achieved at each institution, leading up to completion at both universities.
Confirmation of supervision from UTS academic.
The UTS Graduate Research School will assess your information to determine your eligibility for the Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree Program. You must also meet the admission requirements for a UTS PhD program before you apply.
Applying to UTS
Once the Graduate Research School has assessed your eligibility, they will send you an email to advise you of the outcome. If you are eligible, you will need to submit a formal application via the UTS Online Application System. Please make sure you indicate on your application form that you are applying for the Collaborative Doctoral Degree Program.
Before you start your application, please visit the Prepare your Documents section of our website. Here, you will find important information on required documentation and preparing your application for submission.
For more information on the UTS Collaborative Doctoral Research Degree Program, please refer to the following documents: