Gaining Double the Experience: Master’s Degrees & University Collaborations

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash
Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

by Harsh Mahaseth

When applying for a Master’s, there are many factors that students take into account: the faculty, the different course modules that you can opt for, the exposure, different experiences. But what if there are courses that offer the opportunity to study at two different universities? Some even offer you the opportunity to get your degrees conferred from both of them!

Here are a few such degrees that are worth taking a look at:

The Asia Pacific Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation program (Details here)

The Asia Pacific Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation (APMA) is a course that has been operational since 2010. The course sees the collaboration between the Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal, GadjahMada University, Indonesia and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mahidol University, Thailand and Ateneo Law University, Philippines.

In this course, the first semester is taught at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand, followed by a second semester at one of the other partner universities in Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, or Sri Lanka. The program also has scholarships that are worth taking note of.

SMU & QMUL: Dual LLM in Commercial Law  (Details here)

Singapore Management University (SMU) and Queen Mary University of London are both reputed law schools worldwide. Both of these law schools together offer the Dual LLM in Commercial Law. This unique Masters’ offers students the opportunity to study commercial law in two of the world’s major business and financial centres and gain insights from both Asia and Europe.

This programme has the potential to open up global career options and is internationally recognized.

During the 16-month programme, students spend five months at QMUL, followed by seven to eight months at SMU

Sciences Po & Penn Law: Dual Master’s degree program in International Finance and Law (Details here)

Science Po and the University of Pennsylvania Law School jointly offer the Dual Master’s degree program in International Finance and Law.

This 2-year program offers courses not only in law but also management and finance, helping to blend financial as well as legal expertise.

The students spend their first year at Sciences Po, followed by a year at Penn law. Both of the law schools also have financial aid, which can be accessed at this website.

NUS & East China University of Political Science & Law: Master of Laws (International Business Law)  (Details here)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is one of the best law schools in the world. NUS and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), one of China’s top law schools, have jointly launched a specialist Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Business Law (IBL) degree programme, which has been operation since 2005.

The programme is taught entirely in English, and see the students studying at NUS for the first semester and then at ECUPL for the second semester. While the students get to attend both colleges, it is to be noted that the LL.M. degree is conferred solely by NUS.

I hope this helps, and all the best with your college search!

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