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Gaining 2 degrees

Develop a more comprehensive knowledge of your subject while you study in Portsmouth and Australia

Dual degrees (also known as double degrees and dual award degrees) allow you to gain 2 Bachelor's degrees or 2 Master's degrees in less time than it takes to study them separately.

Most dual degrees involve studying at 2 universities, so you'll benefit from the teaching expertise, latest research and facilities of both institutions. And because each university is usually located in a different country, you'll get to experience another culture and build a professional network.

You'll study more modules than on a single degree, developing a more comprehensive knowledge of your subject. You'll also gain an understanding of different cultures, which helps you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.

All of this helps you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.

Dual Bachelor's degrees typically last 3.5 or 4 years when you study full time, compared to 3 years for a single degree.

They're not the same as joint degrees, where you study with 2 or more universities and graduate with a single certificate signed by all institutions.

Studying a dual degree

From 2021/22, we're offering 3 dual degrees in partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia:

You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and 4. You'll spend year 3 at Edith Cowan University.

Visas, travel and funding

We can advise you on travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

About Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University is in Perth, Western Australia.

It's one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the top 100 young universities in the world (Times Higher Education rankings 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 stars for its teaching quality, learning resources, student support and overall student experience.

Like Portsmouth, Perth offers the benefits of city living, with easy access to entertainment, the coast and outdoor spaces.

The city features one of the world's biggest urban parks, plus boutique and mall shopping, plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and riverside views, and access to some of the best beaches in the world.

It's the closest of Australia's state capitals to the UK, and there are direct flights from London. It's also a great hub for exploring the rest of the country.

Where you'll study

You'll study at the University's Joondalup Campus and student accommodation is available on the Mount Lawley Campus. Both campuses offer a library, computer labs, cafes, bars, a fitness centre, student support and counselling services.

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Applying for a dual degree

To apply for a dual degree, you apply to us in the normal way – through UCAS or using the direct application form at the bottom of course pages.

You don't need to apply to both universities.

Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar single degree once you're at Portsmouth.

Tuition fees

In years 1, 2 and 4, tuition fees on a dual degree are the same as a single degree – £9,250 a year if you're a UK student (£4,625 in year 4 if this lasts 6 months).

Tuition fees in year 3 at Edith Cowan University are £1,385 a year if you're UK student.

Fees for EU and international students depend on the course – details are on each course page.

If you're eligible for a student loan, you can use this in years 1 to 4.

Travel costs

You'll need to pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3.

If you're eligible for a student loan, you may be eligible for a Student Finance England Travel Grant to cover travel costs, visas, vaccinations and medical insurance. They are means-tested and vary by local education authority.

The Turing Scheme

The UK Government has launched a new scheme to replace Erasmus+ for UK institutions, named after British code breaker and mathematician Alan Turing.

The Turing Scheme is due to begin in September 2021, and will provide funding for University students to study abroad worldwide (subject to the Scheme's terms and conditions).

We're committed to applying for funding from the Turing Scheme to help cover travel expenses and costs of living whilst studying in Australia on one of our planned dual awards. We'll publish more information about the Scheme here, once confirmed.

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