A co-tutelle programme allows a PhD student to obtain a double doctoral degree within the framework of an agreement between the two participating institutions.
Each “cotutelle-de-thèse” is carried out through the cooperative supervision of two professors, one from the University of Trento and one from the partner university. The student is required to fulfil the respective requirements for a doctorate at both universities.
The "cotutelle thesis" is defended in a single disputation carried out in one of the two countries’ official languages  (or in English) and formally recognized by both Universities. In addition, usually the PhD candidate must provide a summary in the official language of the other country.
At the moment, national cooperation agreements, on the basis of which ad personam agreements  are drawn up for co-tutelle programme, are in force with: 
•    France
•    Germany
•    Spain
•    Switzerland

Further details in the specific agreements available in the "Download" box.

Nevertheless, the University may sign co-tutelle agreements also with Universities in other countries. In this case it is usually necessary to draw up a general agreement (GA) complemented with a draft of the individual agreement for the co-tutelle candidate (ICA) to be signed whenever a student is willing to activate the exchange. Both samples are available at the Doctorate Offices.

The main requirements to fulfil are:

  • official enrolment on a Doctoral Programme according to the current legislation of one of the two countries (the minimum duration of a PhD programme must be  three years);
  • approval of the PhD School Committee and of the relevant academic authority of the partner institution;
  • agreement individually drawn up for each PhD student (ad personam agreement), compliant with the general agreement signed by the two Rectors;
  • research must be carried out in both Institutions at alternative times, under the supervision of both thesis supervisors, with a minimum average stay of 12 months (out of 36);
  • final examination with a committee composed of an equal number of members appointed by both Institutions.

Upon approval of the PhD programme Committee and the Department Board of both institutions, the agreements can be send for signature by the Rectors.

Note: PhD candidates are responsible of the proper performance of their own co-tutelle procedure. Students are therefore invited to contact both the potential supervisors and the related offices in charge at both Universities in order to check what are the necessary arrangements and times for admission.

Who may apply? PhD students in the 1st or 2nd year of the programme.

Co-tutelle for UniTrento PhD students (out-going)
Co-tutelle for PhD students enrolled at a foreign university (in-coming)