Dual PhD Degree Programs

One thesis, two doctoral degrees

Dual degree programs provide an opportunity for students to enjoy the benefits of a Waterloo Engineering doctoral program combined with another leading Engineering school. We are currently working with several international universities to offer programming at the PhD level.

Dual PhD degrees (cotutelle) are issued when one doctoral dissertation is used to fulfil the requirements for a doctorate in two different universities in two different countries.

Institutions with whom University of Waterloo students and faculty members have partnered in cotutelle include: Université de Bordeaux, France, Utrecht, Netherlands, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Sharif University of Technology, Iran; and HKUST (Hong Kong Unversity of Science and Technology)

Steps to getting a dual PhD degree

  1. Find a supervisor at your home institution who may also know a potential co-supervisor at the partner university. (2 supervisors)
  2. Review admissions requirements
  3. Apply to the doctoral program at the University of Waterloo
  4. Apply to the doctoral program at the selected partner university.
  5. Submit all required documentation, including a cotutelle agreement template. 
  6. Once admitted, complete all University of Waterloo and partner university degree requirements, including one thesis.
  7. Defend your thesis (this is normally arranged at your home institution)