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Dual / Joint Degree Programme

BACKGROUND

The UPM International Collaborative programme (UPM-ICP) is a programme jointly developed by UPM with several top universities. The main objective is to promote and strengthen bilateral collaboration between UPM and its partners particularly in the areas of research and joint supervision. The programme provides an opportunity for students to study abroad and simultaneously obtain a degree from UPM and the partner university. There are several programme modes namely Dual Degree, Jointly Awarded Degree, Double Degree and Cotutelle Degree. A total of 13 programmes are currently available, as detailed below:

 

 University

 Programme

 Area of Study

University of Alberta, Canada

Dual PhD

Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Computing Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Psychology

 University of Newcastle,   Australia

 Jointly  
 Awarded PhD

Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Health and Medical Sciences, Science, Mathematics, Language and etc.

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Double Master & PhD

Engineering, Computer Science and Life Science

Kasetsart University, Thailand

 Dual Master

 Dual PhD

Agriculture, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Food Science, Environmental Science and etc.

Naresuan University, Thailand

 Dual Master

 Dual PhD

Food Science, Food Technology, Food Safety, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment

Maejo University, Thailand

 Dual PhD

Food Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Agriculture.

Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Dual PhD

Biotechnology, Food Science, Food Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

University of Science and Culture, Iran

Dual Master

Dual PhD

Engineering and Science.

Ataturk University, Turkey

Jointly Awarded PhD

Industrial Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering,  Food Engineering

 

1. What is the difference between Dual and Joint degree programme?

For a Dual degree, upon graduation student will get two certificates issued by each university. A linking statement is stated on both certificates that the degree was obtained through a collaboration between the two universities.

For a Joint degree, upon graduation student will get only one certificate with both universities’ logo on the certificate.

2. What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements are shown below:

 Programme

 Minimum Entry Requirement

 Additional Requirements

 English Requirements

 PhD

 A First Class Bachelor 
 degree or Master 
 Degree or its equivalent

 Fulfil other academic 
 programme requirements as 
 specified by the relevant
 faculty or institute

 ·  550 for the TOEFL Paper-based Test 
   (Academic Version); or

 ·  Band 6.0 for IELTS (Academic Training); or

 ·  79-80 for TOEFL Internet-based Test 
    (Academic Version); or

 ·  Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language Centre;

 ·  Any other English language proficiency test 
    equivalent to B2 of the Common European 
    Framework of Reference  for Languages
    (CEFR)

 Master

 A Bachelor’s degree 
 in a relevant field 
 with a minimum 
 CGPA of 3.000 or its 
 equivalent

 

3. Is this a full-time or a part-time programme?

This is a full-time programme.

4. What is the duration of the programme?

 Programme

 Duration

 Master

 1-3 years (2 – 6 semesters)

 PhD

 2-5 years (4-10 semesters)

 

5. Do I need to register as a student with the partner university where UPM signed the ICP agreement?

Yes, you need to register in person at the partner University.

6. How long do I need to spend at the partner University?

In general, the minimum duration is 6 months for Master and 12 months for PhD. However, for some ICP programmes different minimum duration is imposed:

 University

 Master

 PhD

 Kyushu Institute of Technology

 1 year

 2 years

 University of Alberta

 -

 6 months


7.  
What are the programme requirements that I should fulfil?

The followings are the programme requirements:

  1. Register as a full-time student every semester at both universities. UPM requires that students register every semester and pay the fees at the beginning of the semester unless stated otherwise.
  2. Complete Seminar, Malay language and compulsory coursework [six (6) credit for Master / nine (9) credit for PhD)] including Research Methodology.
  3. Complete other courses as required by the faculty or supervisory committee;
  4. Nominate the members of supervisory committee. The supervisor at the host university must be included when nomination is submitted to SGS.
  5. Submit progress report (GS-11) at the end of every semester. The progress report must be presented to both supervisors prior to submission to SGS.
  6. Pass the Comprehensive Examination within 4 semesters of enrolment (PhD students only). The process can be done either at UPM or partner university subject to agreement by both supervisors.
  7. Produce a thesis and defend it in the oral examination (viva voce). For double degree, two theses will be required and two vivas will be conducted.
  8. Produce journal papers (1 paper accepted/published for Master / 2 papers accepted/published for PhD).

 

8.  How will the viva be conducted?

For dual/joint degree, in general only one viva will be conducted, either at UPM or partner university. The examination process will be arranged by the university where the thesis is submitted. A joint Examination Committee will be formed which consist of 1 examiner from UPM, 1 examiner from the host university and 1 examiner from independent university. However, the viva for Joint PhD programme with University of Newcastle, Australia will be conducted at UPM and therefore the thesis must also be submitted to UPM.

For Double Degree, the student will be required to produce two theses. One thesis will be submitted to UPM and partner university. Each university will form a separate Joint Examination Committee to examine the thesis.

9. How can I apply for this programme?

There are two options available:

Option 1: Apply the normal programme via http://sgsportal.upm.edu.my:8080/sgsportal/ and convert to ICP programme within 1 year of enrolment.

Option 2: Download and complete the ICP Application Form via UPM-ICP Application Form and submit to  Mr. Saiful Azlin Maskan at: saiful@upm.edu.my or Ms. Farah Edura at: farahedura@upm.edu.my.

Note:

  1. The admission approval process for ICP programme may take 1- 3 months as the process requires approval from the two universities.
  2. The faster route is to apply for a normal programme and later convert to ICP programme.
  • The application is open throughout the year. However, there are only two intakes per year which is in September (First Semester) and February (Second semester).
  1. For ICP programme with universities in Canada, UK and Australia, any interested applicant must identify potential supervisor in UPM and in the partner university. Both supervisors must have agreed to collaborate as supervisors to supervise the project proposed by the applicants.

 

10. What are the documents required to apply for the programme?

The documents required to apply for the UPM ICP programme are:

  • A certified copy of Bachelor / Master degree certificate;
  • A certified copy of Bachelor / Master degree transcript;
  • A certified copy of Identification Card/Passport;
  • A certified copy of TOEFL/IELTS result(s)
  • Research proposal;
  • Letter of scholarship/sponsorship award (if any);
  • Passport-sized photograph.
  • Proof of processing fee payment of RM60.00 (for local applicants) or USD60.00 (international applicants). For method of payment, please visit: http://www.sgs.upm.edu.my/content/methods_of_payment-30092.

 

11. How much is the programme fee?

Programme

Fees at UPM

Fees at Partner University

UPM-University of Newcastle (UoN) Australia

For UPM students, UPM standard fees will be charged for the whole duration of study and paid to UPM only.

Tuition fee at UoN is waived.

UPM–University of Alberta (UAlberta), Canada

 

  

PhD

Amount Per Semester (RM)

Local Students

RM 3,550.00

International Students

RM 8,100.00

Tuition fee will be paid by the host supervisor at UAlberta.

UPM–Maejo University (MJU), Thailand

  • Thai & Malaysian students will be charged at the local rate.

 

  • Students from other countries will be charged at the international rate.

UPM-Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Thailand

UPM–Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand

 

Students

Cluster

Master

(RM) Per semester

PhD

(RM) Per semester

Local 

(Thai & Malaysian Students)

Science

2,750.00

3,550.00

Social Science

2,450.00

3,050.00


International

Science

6,600.00

8,100.00

Social Science

5,850.00

7,100.00

  

  

UPM–Naresuan University (NU), Thailand

UPM-University of Science and Culture (USC), Iran

 

Students

Amount Per Semester (RM)

Master’s

PhD

Local

2,750.00

3,550.00

International

6,600.00

8,100.00

USC standard fees will be charged.

Ataturk University, Turkey

 

PhD

Amount Per Semester (RM)

Local Students

RM 3,550.00

International Students

RM 8,100.00

Tuition fee at Ataturk University is waived.

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

 

Students

Cluster

Master

(RM) Per semester

PhD

(RM) Per semester

Local 

Science

2,750.00

3,550.00

Social Science

2,450.00

3,050.00

International

Science

6,600.00

8,100.00

Social Science

5,850.00

7,100.00

Tuition fee at KYUTECH is waived.


 

For any enquiries regarding the UPM International Collaborative Programme (UPM-ICP), please contact Mr. Saiful Azlin Maskan at: saiful@upm.edu.my or Ms Farah Edura at: farahedura@upm.edu.my

 

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Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia.
Phone: +603 9769 4216/4207
Fax: +603 9769 4232
SGS website: www.sgs.upm.edu.my
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Updated:: 02/07/2020 [aslamiah]

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