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Dual Degree Courses A best way to have command over diverse Interests

If you have multiple academic interests, then pursuing Dual Degree courses is the right way to live your interests and having certified degree at the same time.

September 25, 2021

By Tanu Kapoor

Career Expert & Blogger


Dual Degree Courses in India

Dual degree programs facilitate you to attain double the academics in almost half the time it’d have taken you otherwise. Dual degree courses in India have become a serious hit thanks to multiple advantages related to them. Here we speak about the assorted aspects of a dual degree.

Pros and Cons of Dual Degree Courses in India

The Pros:

A dual degree allows you to pursue two different courses simultaneously and find the experience of both in lesser time than it would have taken to pursue them one after the other. Thus, dual degrees facilitate you to amass multiple skills in lesser time and lesser cost as compared to the regular course structure.

Dual degrees can be pursued as a Bachelors + Master’s program or as a joint degree of two complementary Majors and you’ll hence find yourself saving a minimum of one year for yourselves during which you can advance your career by taking on employment. They also create better job options because the companies find it perfect that a candidate comes trained in numerous areas like management and technical skills. Thus, you have got the choice to form a career in one field itself and may take up a dual syllabus if you’re confused between two courses.

You will definitely stand out during the placements as companies will always want to settle on someone with a good understanding of two different skill areas instead of a student who has been trained in one.

The Cons:

The dual degree will certainly mean far more exertion than traditional courses. There will be numerous challenges that will need all of your concentration. You may also need constant motivation otherwise this can be an enormous miss and you may be under immense pressure to stay up throughout the semester.

Common Dual Degree Courses in India

Indian Institute of Science (IISC)

Offers an integrated doctoral program in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics to talented bachelor-of-science and engineering graduates.

The National Grad School of India University (NLU)

Offers a five-year combined Bachelor of Art (BA)/Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. (Hons.)) degree. Most of the more recently established National Law Universities offer similar degree structures, while also offering new combined LL.B options like Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)/LL.B. (Hons.); Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)/LL.B. (Hons.); and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A)/LL.B. (Hons.).

Following NLU’s footsteps, a number of the normal universities, public and personal, have also begun to supply the five-year combined law programs additionally to standard three-year programs. The success of those programs has encouraged other states in India to line up new law universities.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

Offer five-year integrated Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) programs, and more recently are offering what are referred to as dual degree programs, which permit Master of Technology (M.Tech) students to graduate in five years by combining their Bachelor of Technology program, typically four years, with the M.Tech, which generally takes two years. They offer integrated M.Sc./Ph.D programs too. In 2006, IIT-Madras announced a five-year integrated Master of Arts (MA-HSS) program from its department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST)

Offers a five-year integrated master’s program in Applied Sciences (M.Sc) with special emphasis on space-related subjects.

The University of Hyderabad

It encompasses a complete department dedicated to integrated programs called College for Integrated Studies and offers courses like:

  • Master’s Degree (5-year Integrated) courses in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences subjects
  • M.Sc. (5-year Integrated) Programs from the Science Schools
  • M.Sc. (5-year Integrated) Earth Sciences
  • M.Sc. (5-Year Integrated) Program in Health Psychology)
  • M.A (5-Year Integrated) Programs from the College of Humanities)
  • M.A (5-Year Integrated) Programs from the College of Social Sciences and College of Economics
  • M.A (5-Year Integrated) Humanities and Social Sciences programs.

Difference Between Double Major and Double Degree

Double Major allows a student to get one degree but with specialization in two different disciplines. Example: B.A in History and Anthropology. The student gets only one degree, but have specialization in two disciplines.

Double Degree allows students to simultaneously pursue two different degrees either in the same domain of specialization or two different domains. The courses such as B.Tech + M.Tech and B.Tech +MBA are examples of double degrees of different types.The term ‘Double Degree’ is synonymously used with ‘Dual Degree’.

Difference Between Integrated Course and Dual Degree

In both integrated courses and dual degree, the students save 1 year. Yet there are differences between the two.

In integrated courses, the students get both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree after 5 years duration. In case of Engineering, the bachelor’s degree is for 4 years and masters are for 2 years duration. In the integrated course, a student saves 1 year. At the end of the course, the students will be given both the degrees at once.

In dual degree courses, the students get their bachelor’s after 4 years duration and the masters after one year. The degrees are not awarded at once as in integrated courses.

Which is better? Dual / Integrated courses or Regular courses

The value of any course depends on the prestige of the institution and your interest to handle the course with constant focus and motivation. Be it a dual degree or regular course, if it is done in IITs and other prestigious colleges/Universities, it will always be respected by the industries.

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Devshree Kaushik
It is very helpful article, if one is confused what to do after 12th. Thanks a lot for telling pros and cons of dual degree courses. I myself was confused about majors and integrated courses. This article cleared the doubts.