Joint degree programmes


Joint degree programme (yhteistutkinto-ohjelma) refers to a programme leading to a degree, which is planned and executed by two or more higher education institutions. Students of a joint degree programme complete studies belonging to the programme or conduct research in two or more universities, as specified in the agreement and curriculum of the joint degree programme.

A joint degree programme that leads to two degrees and two official degree certificates based on the same studies can also be called a double degree programme (kaksoistutkinto-ohjelma).

A joint degree (yhteistutkinto) is a degree awarded together by two or more higher education institutions. The students receive one jointly prepared degree certificate.

Doctoral education can also be planned and executed as international cooperation, either as broader field-specific joint doctoral programmes or as cotutelle (yhteisohjaus/joint supervision) projects concerning individual students

Aims of activity

International joint degree programmes and cotutelle agreements enable deeper academic cooperation with select foreign partner universities. When establishing joint degree programmes, the aim is to create high-quality programmes that develop students' international competence, combine the special know-how of the participating universities, and include study or research periods abroad in their curriculum.

Funding programmes

Erasmus+ programme offers funding opportunities for planning and implementing European joint programmes.

It is possible to apply for funding from the Nordplus programme when planning and implementing projects that involve higher education institutions from the Nordic and/or Baltic countries.

Useful links


More information and application forms: Tuija Koponen, International Office