Why and how to do a dual degree?

28 Apr 2020

What is a dual degree?

Dual degrees are increasingly popular with French students: they allow students to prepare two diplomas, for example, one from a business school and one from a partner university, such as an engineering school. . In a single year, students will be able to claim a diploma from their home school and obtain a diploma from another French or foreign establishment.

What is the point of doing a dual degree? At the end of his studies, the graduate thus acquired knowledge and skills in two different areas of expertise, which can be a real asset for the future.


Bachelor, Master: What courses are available with a dual degree?

Dual degrees mainly concern bac + 5 courses, in order to obtain two diplomas in the master's degree or a master's and an MBA, but they are developing more and more in bac + 3, with licenses and bachelors.

There are dual degrees in all kinds of establishments: business and management schools, engineering schools, university, etc.

These courses generally concern all specialties, and are not reserved only for law students or business school! So you can find dual degrees in the fields of design, computer science, human resources, science ... The choice is vast! Thus, many engineering students decide to complete their studies by carrying out a dual diploma in partnership with a management school, to later claim to positions as engineer managers.

They are accessible in two different ways:

  • By academic agreement: it is when the course is the result of a double diploma agreement between two establishments, generally located in two different countries (this is the case of the Dual degree M.Sc. in International Business of IPAG Business School, organized in partnership with the University of Newcastle in Australia). Within the framework of this dual degree programme, the student alternates his semesters of study at IPAG and at the foreign university, and the two diplomas will be validated at the same time.
  • By credit validation: the student must register in both schools, and go to take courses abroad. He then obtains a first international diploma and 60 ECTS credits, and must have his knowledge validated upon his return to France, by a dissertation or other tests, in order to obtain his French diploma, the same year.

The pace and organisation of studies varies from one course to another. In certain double-curricula, the years of study are alternated: the student spends two semesters in a French establishment then will have to go abroad to complete his second year in the other establishment, and so on ...

The admission criteria are also at the choice of the establishments, but it should be noted that these courses are often reserved for the best students, because we generally expect a good level of foreign language and above all, a lot of motivation. Before applying, keep in mind that a dual degree implies more work and rigor throughout the course.


Why do a dual degree?

Dual degrees have a very good reputation. More and more business schools or IAEs (management schools) offer them, often in partnership with equally prestigious foreign universities.

Besides, it's a great investment! Indeed, at the end of this programme, you will obtain two diplomas without completing an additional year of study. For example, the M.Sc. in Finance and Investment, available in the final year of the IPAG Grande Ecole Program, allows students to obtain two master's degrees in just one year: the IPAG master and a master of Science in international finance from the University of Greenwich in London.

In addition, students can benefit from tuition fees negotiated with the host university or are eligible for scholarships.

A dual degree is the promise that the student is persevering and hardworking. Preparing for two diplomas necessarily means accepting a higher workload. So it’s a very good signal to employers. In fact, a large number of dual degrees are international, which means that the students registered have a very good level of language. Indeed, as we have seen, it is quite common for one year of the course (or even two) to be completed abroad, in partner establishments, where the courses will be taught mainly in English. It also testifies to the adaptability and open-mindedness of the graduate from such a career.

Students who have followed this type of programme are highly sought after on the job market because they have been able to specialize in complementary disciplines. Take the example of a student who has obtained a master's degree in business school and an engineering diploma, as is the case with the IPAG Grande Ecole Programme Dual degree MIT: at the end of the course, he has dual skills, both in management and engineering. He will thus be able to manage a team while understanding the technical aspects of a company's activity. So it's a great way to bring a differentiating specialisation to your career.

Finally, the key point is that it is obviously easier for students from this kind of curriculum to find a first job. And in addition to this higher employment rate, they can claim better wages (10% higher on average than those of students from a “traditional” background) and international careers.

Convinced of to do a dual degree? Do not hesitate to discover those offered by IPAG in the 5th year with our partner establishments in Russia, United Kingdom, Australia and the USA!

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