The following page provides information for those preparing proposals for programmes of study involving single or multiple partner institutions, which have to undergo the University approval process (validation and accreditation). The following should be read in conjunction with the programme approval information here.
Programme proposers should also consult the Collaborative Provision Approval Protocols available here.
Collaborative provision refers to a formal arrangement between a degree-awarding body and another organisation, most commonly another higher education provider, typically leading to an award of credit, or a qualification, from the degree-awarding body. In the context of a growing and more diverse set of collaborations, DCU has developed a systematic process of approval so that it can adequately provide quality assurance in respect of these collaborations.
Collaborative programmes may be offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Support is available to programme proposers from External Affairs (in regard to due diligence procedures and the establishment of an MOU/MOA) and from the Academic Secretariat (in regard to supporting the validation and accreditation process).
For programme proposers wishing to develop a programme in conjunction with a partner institution, the first step involves identifying if there is an existing agreement in place with the partner, or if a new agreement (MOU) needs to be developed.
Only once an MOU is in place (and any necessary due diligence process has been completed) can the programme proposer complete the necessary validation paperwork (AA forms). The associated AA forms can be viewed in the tabs below. Please also refer to the validation and accreditation information and regulations for further guidance on the programme approval process.