In this section you will find information on how to develop new programmes, make changes to existing programmes and request derogations from the Academic Regulations.
|Collaboration type||What is it?||Award type|
|Access/Feeder Programmes||Students from Access/Feeder programmes are recognised as having met the admissions criteria for entry to a specified programme. Normally used as recruitment tools.
The partner is responsible for the delivery of the programme.
|Admission to programme leading to UCD award.|
|Accreditation||An institution without its own degree awarding powers is given authority by the University to exercise powers for academic provision.
The University remains responsible for the quality of the programmes.
|One award provided by UCD as the accrediting institution.|
|Agent||A person or organisation employed by the awarding institution to facilitate a collaboration or the recruitment of students. Normally used as a recruitment pathway into programmes.||Admission to programme leading to UCD award.|
|Articulation||The University reviews the components of a programme at another institution and judges if it provides an appropriate academic standard to allow entry to a programme leading to a UCD award.||One award provided by UCD.|
|Co-Tutelle/ Inter-Institutional Co-Supervisory Arrangement||When a doctoral student receives joint supervision by UCD and another institution and submits a single doctoral dissertation for a single examination.||More than one award provided by more than one institution.|
|Double Degree Awards (multiple, dual or double)||Awarding institutions contribute to two separate awards in instances where there are legal barriers for a partner to participate in a joint award.||More than one award provided by more than one institution.|
|Exchange||A reciprocal exchange of staff or students. Students are admitted to and graduate from a home institution, but spend time at a host institution. Includes ERASMUS exchanges.||One award provided by the home institution.|
|Franchising||When the University authorises the delivery of its programmes leading to a UCD award to a partner institution.
Serial Franchising is when a partner uses a collaborative programme arrangement as a basis for further collaborations of its own with third parties, but offering the original institution’s awards. UCD does not permit serial franchising.
|One award provided by Franchiser institution UCD).|
|Joint Degree Awards||When institutions contribute to a single award from all participating institutions. Students are normally admitted to and receive their awards from a home institution but spend part of the programme at host institutions.||One award jointly provided by more than one institution.|
|Off-Campus Delivery||Teaching/supervision is provided by UCD staff, but some or all delivery takes place away from campus.||One award provided by UCD.|
|Validation||When the University judges that a programme delivered by another institution is of the equivalent standard as a programme delivered by the University.||One award provided by the delivering institution and validated by UCD.|
|Letter of Intent||Indicates intent to investigate future areas for collaboration and often precede the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.|
|Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)||An agreement between parties which expresses a intended common line of action. It lacks the binding power of a legal contract but provides a framework for future cooperation.|
|Memorandum of Agreement (MoA)||An binding legal agreement between parties which articulates plans to work together on particular projects.|
|Student Exchange Agreement (MoA)||TMoA (Student Exchange) is a reciprocal arrangement (under a fee-waiver agreement) that allows students to study at a partner institution for one or two semesters.|
|Study Abroad Partner Agreement (MoA)||MoA (Study Abroad) provides for a partnership between UCD and a non-EU university where students from the university can study at UCD for a semester or a full year on a fee-paying basis.|
|Mixed/Hybrid Agreement (MoA)||MoA (mixed) provides for a partnership arrangement between UCD and a non-EU university where exchange places are agreed and students can study at UCD on a fee-paying basis.|
|Co-Tutelle||A Co-Tutelle is normally established between UCD and another non-Irish institution. These agreements are developed by the universities with an individual agreement for each student. Students pursue their doctoral studies at two universities under two different supervisors.
See the Inter-Institutional Co-Supervisory Agreements and the Inter-Institutional Co-Supervisory Agreement Template.
|High Risk||Medium Risk||Low Risk|
- UCD Franchise to overseas partner
- Non-domestic, non-third level institution
- Large number of students (>100 p.a.)
- Third party involvement
- Unfamiliarity with partner
- Domestic non-third level institution
- Medium-sized number of students (>50-100 p.a.)
- Double/Dual Awards
- Off-Campus Delivery
- Access/Feeder programmes
- Small number of students(< 50 p.a.)
- Prior experience working with partner institution