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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 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.
   Naresuan University, Thailand
Dual Master
Dual PhD
   Health Sciences, Medical Science, Nursing, Public Health,         Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment,                           Architecture, Engineering, Science, Business, Economics,           Communications, Education, Social Sciences.
   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)

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

 ·  Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language                  Centre;

 · Any other English language proficiency             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



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 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)
  • Two copies of Referee's Report via UPM-ICP Referee's Report
  • 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-Prince of Songkla University (PSU), Thailand
PhD
Amount Per Semester (RM)
Local Students
RM 3,550.00
International Students
RM 8,100.00
 
  • Thai & Malaysian students will be charged at the local rate.
 
  • Students from other countries will be charged at the international rate.
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.
UPM–Naresuan University (NU), Thailand
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 Naresuan University is waived.
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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