• For Entry: January
  • Duration: 6 or 7 months
  • School: Careers
  • Study Mode: Full Time

The Internship Graduate Certificate (IGC) is a highly distinctive programme which combines a high quality internship, with intensive career management learning. There are two routes available, one with an internship in China and one with an internship in Scotland.

The programme offers an exceptional opportunity to boost your employability - whether you want to break into graduate employment for the first time or develop your experience internationally, are seeking ways to further develop your career path or are looking to gain experience to help you make a career change.

Do you feel like you are struggling to take the next step on your career path? Are you finding it hard to prove to employers you have what it takes? Do you find your lack of professional-level experience is holding you back? The IGC programme can help you to gain that vital experience necessary for so many jobs and will also equip you with the practical employability skills needed to manage your own career now and into the future.

The programme is designed to help you to:

  • Make sense of working cultures and practices and your role within the world of work.
  • Be able to undertake career planning to manage your career and to participate successfully in graduate recruitment processes.
  • Undertake a meaningful period of work experience in a relevant field and undertake an original piece of work (project) which is of benefit to both you and the placement provider
  • Develop and use skills, knowledge and experience in a practical setting.

You can choose from:

  1. IGC China: 4-weeks intensive Career Management Learning at Dundee and 5 months internship in China. Students will live in shared apartments with other interns for the duration of the programme and will have access to in-country support and advice during their internships.
  2. IGC Scotland: 4-weeks intensive Career Management Learning at Dundee and 6 months internship with a Scottish organisation.

This is a course unique to the University of Dundee – there's nowhere else in the UK that offers a stand-alone graduate qualification in internships with this level of personal support and tuition.

The end date is late July (China) and late August (Scotland). There are 10-25 places available each year.

How you will be taught

During the initial 4-week Preparation and Planning module, learning and teaching will be based around intensive, face-to-face, highly interactive and participatory lectures, seminars and tutorials.

During your internship, you will make full use of MyDundee, the University's Virtual Learning Environment to enhance and extend your learning. Students on internships based in Scotland will return to university 4 times during the internship to continue your career management development in a collegial environment. Students on internships in China will have regular 'virtual seminars', Skype-chats and online learning tasks to complete. Assessment is by continual assessment; there are no exams for this programme.

How you will be assessed

Module 1 - Preparation and Planning

Assessment will be via:

  • Online skills assessment
  • Group oral presentations
  • Written report on internship sector

Module 2 - Internship Placement

Assessment will be via:

  • Reflective written accounts
  • CV and Covering Letter
  • Telephone/Skype practice interview
  • Internship placement report
  • Individual oral presentation

What you will study

The programme consists of two credit-bearing modules:

Module 1: Preparation and Planning (20 credits)

This module, commencing in January, is a 4-week intensive University-based course taken prior to the internship. This module aims to enhance your self-awareness, career management skills and understanding of the world of work and thus prepare you for your internship. Students heading to China will focus on developing an understanding of working cultures and practices in China, while students with Scottish internships will look at cross-cultural working practices from the Scottish point of view. You will participate in highly interactive learning sessions where you will explore topics such as project management, team working, commercial awareness, networking and presentation skills.

Module 2:  Internship and Development (40 credits)

This module combines a graduate-level internship placement with further developmental learning which will help equip you with all the career planning skills you need to search for your next job or opportunity and to manage your career into the future.

Internship Placement:

Prior to the beginning of the programme, students will be carefully matched to an internship opportunity which relates to their degree and/or complements their career aspirations. Internships can be suitable for graduates of any discipline and we will work with you and do our best to secure you an internship opportunity to suit your needs. Internships may be anywhere in Scotland, or in China.

During the internship you will undertake work which is beneficial to your internship host and which also helps you to develop or make full use of your skills, knowledge and experience.

In addition to the internship placement, you'll learn how to create a winning CV, how to succeed at interviews, how to make an impact at assessment centres and how to ace aptitude tests. You’ll further hone your presentation and report writing skills and there will be ample time to reflect on your internship experience and learn from it and to network with fellow professionals.

Students on internships in Scotland will return to campus for 4 ‘call-back’ learning days, while all students will be supported through online learning and contact from personal tutors.

You will receive a training allowance for the duration of your internship.

Internship in Scotland: you will receive a minimum of £375 per month to help meet the expenses incurred by undertaking your internship. Internship providers are encouraged to offer more than this minimum and some will offer a more extensive package of support.

Internship in China; the cost of your accommodation in China only will be covered by the allowance. Students will have to pay for their own living expenses while in Dundee and abroad (e.g. food, socialising, sight-seeing, travel to work, etc.) and a deposit for accommodation (this will be reimbursed on return to the UK).

The global employment market has become increasingly competitive and more and more employers put a premium on previous work experience as a route to graduate roles. In a recent survey of graduate recruiters, The Graduate Market 2014 (HighFliers: 2014), half of the employers surveyed stated , “graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes.” This means that the IGC programme, which will give you a lengthy period of graduate-level work experience, could be the key to helping you make the successful transition into your next step of your career development.

The IGC programme suits graduates with all levels of work experience; whether you are looking to launch your career or are seeking ways to further develop your career path or gain experience in a new area/sector or country.

Past participants of the programme have benefited from a real advantage in the UK graduate recruitment market by gaining valuable hands-on experience within their sector. Many of our graduates have found paid positions with their internship organisations. Others have gone on to prestigious graduate recruitment schemes or jobs with high profile organisations such as PwC and Scottish Water. Some have also chosen to pursue further study or have sought further internship experience.

Year of Entry: 2017

All applicants should have, or expect to gain by the beginning of the programme:

  • A minimum of an Ordinary Degree or equivalent from a recognised institution
  • If your first language isn't English, then you need to demonstrate you have a good command of the English Language, with an IELTS score of 6.5 and above. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

Applicants to the China pathway must:

  • Be eligible for a Chinese F2 visa
    • Applicants to the Scottish pathway should note:
      • Due to UK Government restrictions on the length of time international students can participate in work experience, this programme is NOT currently open to International Students Visa holders. As such, this programme is only open to international candidates who have a right to remain and work in the UK for the duration of the programme.

       EU and International qualifications

      English Language Requirement

       Equivalent grades from other test providers


      English Language Programmes

      We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

       Discover our English Language Programmes

      The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

       Find out more about fee status

      Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
      Scottish and EU students £1,900 (Internship in Scotland)
      £3,600 (Internship in China)
      Rest of UK students £1,900 (Internship in Scotland)
      £3,600 (Internship in China)
      Overseas students (non-EU) £2,800 (Internship in Scotland)
      £7,600 (Internship in China)
      Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
      Scottish and EU students £1,900 (Internship in Scotland); £3,600 (Internship in China)
      Rest of UK students £1,900 (Internship in Scotland); £3,600 (Internship in China)
      Overseas students (non-EU) £2,800 (Internship in Scotland); £7,600 (Internship in China)

      The deadline for applications is: Friday 4 November 2016. 

      Please apply online via UKPASS at the link below.

      Please use the personal statement section on the UKPASS application to detail your:

      1. Reasons for wishing to undertake the IGC
      2. Career area of interest/the sector you would like your internship in
      3. Skills and suitability for this type of work
      4. Preference for an internship in Scotland or China. If your preference is Scotland, please also state your preferred geographic area(s).

      With the application form, you need to upload the following:

      • An up-to-date CV, which details the sector/role you interested in.
      • A copy of certificates for all Higher Education.
      • If you are an international candidate; a proof of your eligibility to work in the UK (e.g. copy or scan of your visa)
      • If English is not your first language; certificates for English language tests/qualifications

      Candidates who are successful at the application stage will be invited to interview with Careers Service tutors. Interviews will take place before the end of December 2015. If you are successful at interview stage you may be invited to interview with potential internship providers.

      You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

      You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

        Degree Course Code
      Apply NowInternship Graduate Certificates (Scotland or China) GradCertP052246

      Course Contact

      Internship Graduate Certificate Team
      Careers Service
      +44 (0)1382 484017