International co-tutelle of doctoral theses

The international co-tutelle of doctoral theses has greatly contributed to the internationalisation of PhD studies.

What is co-tutelle about?

Co-tutelle, which is always regulated by an ad hoc agreement, involves:

  • A PhD thesis being co-supervised by two or more supervisors from two universities: the Universitat de les Illes Balears and another institution from abroad.
  • The PhD candidate benefiting from at least a 6-month research sojourn at the partner university.

Co-tutelle benefits

  • The PhD candidate will be co-supervised by at least two experts. This co-supervision is especially beneficial when the candidate’s PhD project is interdisciplinary.
  • The PhD candidate will be formally recognised as such by both universities involved.
  • The close cooperation between the PhD candidate and his/her supervisors potentially results in joint international publications.
  • Upon the successful defence of his/her thesis, the candidate will receive a diploma from each university, specifying that the thesis has been co-supervised and defended under the international co-tutelle regime.
  • Co-tutelle is compatible with the International Doctorate Mention, provided that all the necessary requirements are met.

The sojourns required by co-tutelle can be partly funded by the ERASMUS+ programme (provided that a suitable ERASMUS+ agreement has been signed with the partner university covering PhD studies) and Universitat de les Illes Balears’ Impuls programme (see this link).

Further information

For further information, please contact the Doctoral School (