Joint PhD

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Expand your networks and your research impact. Enrol in a Joint PhD.

When you undertake a Joint PhD, you are supervised by academics from two institutions. As well as the University of Melbourne, you can partner with an international institution. This means your research will benefit from a truly global perspective. And you will enhance your prospects for an international research career.

Through a Joint PhD, you will:

  • access expertise, resources and world-class training at the University of Melbourne and another leading institution
  • spend at least 12 months of your studies at each institution
  • gain complementary skills from other colleagues to increase the impact of your research
  • grow your networks, creating postdoctoral opportunities
  • become part of two high-quality research environments and cultures
  • have the joint nature of your PhD recognised by two testamurs – one from each partner university.

Explore our international Joint PhD activities

We have International Research Training Groups offering Joint PhDs with leading research organisations. These organisations share a commitment to high-quality research and research training.

Learn more about our global partners

It may also be possible to undertake a Joint PhD with one of our global partners.


  • KU Leuven
  • Université libre de Bruxelles


  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University


  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)


  • Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
    • RWTH Aachen
    • University of Bonn
    • University of Cologne
    • University of Düsseldorf
    • University of Wuppertal
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Max Plank Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
    • University of Potsdam
  • RWTH Aachen
  • University of Bayreuth
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Potsdam


  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur


  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • University of Amsterdam

United Kingdom

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Manchester

Next steps

Learn more about existing programs and the application process for a Joint PhD.

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