A third-cycle educational collaboration that leads to a double degree or joint degree is created in three stages.
- The first stage (Stage 1 agreement) describes the overall prerequisites for collaboration between the higher learning institutions. This agreement is created at the university level
- The second stage (Stage 2 agreement) describes the programme-specific requirements of the collaboration and is created at the department level.
- The third and final Stage (Stage 3 agreemenn concerns the specific details for each individual doctoral student, in addition to the individual study plan (ISP). The agreement is to be signed by the two responsible departments and the doctoral student.