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A double or joint degree opens many doors

In late 2020, the first two doctoral students studying for joint degrees from KTH and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, successfully graduated. KTH was the home university of one of the students, which is why the procedure was mainly in line with KTH regulations. NTU was the home university of the other doctoral student and there, the examination was in line with their regulations.

A growing number of joint doctoral degrees are being taken at KTH. This is a consequence of the fact that many of our partner universities view a joint degree as a definitive sign of a trustworthy partnership.

Double degrees with international parties are also common at Master’s level. Around 300 students study for a double or joint degree at KTH each year. These are available in Master’s programmes as part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) or Erasmus Mundus and in Master of Science in Engineering programmes. Double degrees within Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered with French, German, Spanish and Italian universities within our European networks, such as CLUSTER.

What is the benefit for KTH?

KTH has chosen to develop double degrees with universities with which we have a broad and good partnership.  Being able to offer attractive degrees with renowned partners is also something that appeals to international students in particular. Many teachers at KTH are also highly delighted with the hundreds of students we meet each academic year and a not insignificant number stay on at KTH as doctoral students. A great many of them also stay here in Sweden on completing their doctorate.

What is the benefit for students?

Double degrees are well-established in many countries and attract many of the very best students. A double degree is an indication of quality that improves your career prospects.

Why are Swedish students not interested in double degrees?

Unfortunately, taking a double degree is not as popular among KTH students. Each year, KTH despatches over six hundred exchange students, but only a handful are interested in a double degree. This is not necessarily a problem from a short-term perspective, but in certain cases, this lack of interest from KTH students will lead to us also missing out on the opportunity of accepting international students or losing attractive exchange places.

So, how can we inspire our students to take double or joint degree?