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Joint degree

  • A higher education degree (as described in the Australian Qualifications Framework) awarded through a partnership agreement between two or more higher education providers eligible to receive funding under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).
  • Does not include instances where a student decides to undertake units as a cross-institutional student at another university.
  • Does not include instances where a student withdraws from a course at one provider, enrols at another provider in a similar course and receives recognition of prior learning for their previous study.

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses

  • On completion of a joint degree students receive a single award jointly conferred by the partner institutions.
  • A Memorandum of Understanding or other formal agreement should be in place between the partner providers. This agreement should specify the arrangements under which the joint degree is delivered.
  • Student should be able to identify whether a course is a "joint degree" when they enrol.

Postgraduate research courses

  • Joint postgraduate research courses should adhere to the Principles of Joint Higher Degrees by Research Between Australian Higher Education Providers.
  • Supervisors at both participating institutions will supervise postgraduate research students.
  • Students can either:
    • enrol in a postgraduate research course at the start of their degree that is covered by a partnership agreement between two or more providers; or
    • transfer from one provider to another during their degree, with an agreement entered into between the providers to ensure both are rewarded for the training delivered.

This glossary item applies to the collection types:
  • Higher Education Student Collection