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Joint / Dual / Double 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 nine 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.
   Sharif University of Technology, Iran
Jointly Awarded
Master & PhD
Social and Behavioural Science, Business and Administration, Physical Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Engineering Trades.
   Ataturk University, Turkey
Jointly Awarded PhD
Industrial Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering,      Electrical and Electronic Engineering,  Food Engineering.
   Maejo University, Thailand
Dual PhD
Food Engineering, Agricultural Process Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Packaging Engineering.

 

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

For a Dual degree, upon graduation, students 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, students will get only one certificate with both universities’ logos on it.

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's degree or Master's Degree or its equivalent
 Fulfil other academic programme requirements as specified by the relevant faculty or institute
 · Band 6.0 for IELTS; or

 · Band 4 (211-257) for MUET); or

 · 59-62 for PTE; or

 · 169-175 for Cambridge Linguaskill at CALC     UPM; or

 · Level 109 for CIEP at ELS Language Centre

 · 65-78 for TOEFL Internet-based Test     (Including Home Edition); or

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

 · Subject to the requirements set by each           partner university.
 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 at the partner university where UPM signed the ICP agreement?

Yes, you need to register in person at the partner university and fulfil the residential requirement.

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
Sharif University of Technology, Iran
1 year
 2 years (at SUT)
1 year (at UPM)



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) credits for Master/PhD] including Research Methodology.
  3. Complete other courses as required by the faculty or supervisory committee.
  4. Nominate the members of the supervisory committee. The supervisor at the host university must be included when a nomination is submitted to SGS.
  5. Submit the 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 a partner university, subject to agreement by both supervisors.
  7. Produce a thesis and defend it in the oral examination (viva voce). For double degrees, two theses will be required, and two vivas will be conducted.
  8. Produce journal papers (1 paper accepted/published for Master or 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 the partner university. The examination process will be arranged by the university where the thesis is submitted. A joint Examination Committee will be formed, consisting of 1 examiner from UPM, 1 examiner from the host university, and 1 examiner from an independent university. However, the viva for Joint PhD programme with the 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 the partner university. Each university will form a separate Joint Examination Committee to examine the thesis.

 

9. How can I apply for this programme?

Interested candidates are required to follow the application process below:

  1. Apply for the normal Masters/PhD programme via http://sgsportal.upm.edu.my:8080/sgsportal/ . The application deadlines are available via https://sgs.upm.edu.my/content/semester_and_online_application-60830 ;
  2. Upon receiving the admission offer letter from UPM, start approaching supervisors from the partner university that are relevant to your field of study. He/she must have agreed to collaborate with your supervisor from UPM to supervise your proposed research project;
  3. Once you have identified the potential supervisor, you may submit the application documents to the Institutional Relations and Financial Aid Unit via sgs_intl.programme@upm.edu.my .

 

Note:

  1. Students are eligible to apply for conversion within their first year (2 semesters) of study.
  2. The conversion process for ICP programme may take 1- 3 months as the process requires approval from the two universities.
  3. Application is open throughout the year. However, there are only two intakes per year which is in September (First Semester) and February (Second semester).

 

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

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

  • Duly accomplished UPM-ICP Application Form
  • 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.

 

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-Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran
Students
Amount Per Semester (RM)
Master’s
PhD
Local
2,850.00
3,650.00
International
6,700.00
8,200.00
SUT standard fees will be charged.
UPM–Naresuan University (NU), Thailand
Students
Cluster
Master(RM) Per semester
PhD(RM) Per semester
Local 
Science
2,850.00
3,650.00
Social Science
2,550.00
3,150.00
International
Science
6,700.00
8,200.00
Social Science
5,950.00
7,200.00
Tuition fee at Naresuan University is waived.
Ataturk University, Turkey
PhD
Amount Per Semester (RM)
Local Students
RM 3,650.00
International Students
RM 8,200.00
Tuition fee at Ataturk University is waived.
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Students
Cluster
Master(RM) Per semester
PhD(RM) Per semester
Local 
Science
2,850.00
3,650.00
Social Science
2,550.00
3,150.00
International
Science
6,700.00
8,200.00
Social Science
5,950.00
7,200.00
Tuition fee at KYUTECH is waived.

Maejo University, Thailand


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


Tuition fee at Maejo University is waived.


 

For any enquiries regarding the UPM International Collaborative Programme (UPM-ICP), please contact Institutional Relations and Financial Aid Unit at sgs_intl.programme@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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