International Co-Supervision Opportunities at Kent

The University’s Internationalisation Strategy focuses on enhancing our global presence, profile and esteem through a wide range of activities. With over 265 partner institutions and extensive links around the world through networks, research and enterprise activity, we are proud of our excellent international reputation and of our interaction with partners overseas

A key component of this global partnership activity is Kent’s provision of tailored opportunities for jointly supervised research degrees, allowing students to conduct doctoral research at two institutions and obtain a dual or jointly awarded degree.

Jointly supervised PhDs (commonly known as cotutelles) offer PhD students the chance to be jointly supervised by the University of Kent and a university in another country. This results in a dual award of a PhD from Kent and a doctorate from the partner university.

Kent currently has cotutelles with 7 international partners in France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Australia and is committed to increasing cotutelle opportunities with existing international partners, strongly believing that they greatly enrich doctoral students’ research as well as help to strengthen international contacts among researchers and research teams.

In addition, the University of Kent has up to ten scholarships for full-time EU (non UK) students who wish to be jointly supervised by the University of Kent and a university in another EU member state or accession country for a double degree (cotutelle). The scholarship provides a 50% reduction of the Kent tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for students registered for one year at the University of Kent.

A cotutelle might suit a promising student who has already been on an exchange, or students who wish to benefit from existing international research links.

For more information about jointly supervised research degrees at Kent, please contact our Graduate School at