Postgraduate research collaborations

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer tailored opportunities for joint PhDs, known as ‘co-tutelles’, allowing students to conduct doctoral research at two institutions and to obtain a jointly awarded degree.

To discuss a potential co-tutelle degree, please contact the Collaborations team by emailing

Co-tutelle partners

Students should be aware that not all institutions offer co-tutelle degrees. Students should also check to see if the scholarships and funding arrangements they have in place allow for a co-tutelle.

St Andrews has established co-tutelle agreements with a range of partners in the past and usually has a number of current arrangements underway. So long as both institutions and both supervisors are willing to enter into a co-tutelle partnership, you may apply for one with any relevant institution.

St Andrews also currently has agreements with the following partner institutions which students may apply to:

Validation of degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The University of St Andrews validates research degrees offered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. On successful completion of their programmes of study, research students at the Conservatoire receive an award from the University.

Research students are based at the Conservatoire, but are also matriculated students of the University and have access to the resources of both institutions.

Areas of interest for research degrees are:

  • the processes and methodologies of developing new work in the performing arts, including collaborative and devised performance
  • musical composition, in all genres, for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media
  • performance
  • Scottish music
  • methodologies of specialist performance training.