Press release

New double degree offers the best of both worlds

Published on 5 December 2022

Students will have the opportunity to earn two degrees as a major new partnership is launched between the University of Dundee and the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L)

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The double degree has been jointly created to increase student mobility between Indonesia and the UK, allowing students to undertake the first two years of their undergraduate programme in Indonesia, utilising the facilities available at i3L, before joining the University of Dundee for the final 2 years of their course.  

Students will be awarded a full degree in Biomedicine from i3L, and a full degree in Biomedical Studies from the University of Dundee. The unique degree program offers an invaluable opportunity to students on the course to experience two top quality teaching and research environments. 

The partnership and degree program has been further enhanced by the Indonesian Pharmaceutical company ‘Combiphar’. Students participating in this double degree will be offered the opportunity to apply for a competitive placement opportunity with Combiphar in their final year at the University of Dundee. 

The aim of the placement opportunity is to ensure the highly skilled graduates are prepared to enter the world of work with excellent employability prospects. Students are also given the option to apply for a further year of study to achieve a master’s by Research degree. Students would have the opportunity to apply for projects with Combiphar or explore the taught MSc Courses. 

Sir Steve Smith, UK Government International Education Champion, said, “I am delighted to have witnessed the launch of the double degree partnership between the University of Dundee and i3L. This will open up opportunities for students not only to access high quality programmes from both institutions, but also enhance their employability skills. This is a great example of leading institutions from our two countries working together to offer students high quality academic development, and I look forward to supporting further partnerships in this space.”  

The ‘Going Global Partnerships’ grant provided by the British Council has already allowed for the arrival of three students from i3L to undertake an eight-week placement at the University of Dundee. The funding endeavours to support Indonesian and UK universities in developing meaningful partnerships, such as aligning their education systems, has enabled students to take on research projects within the James Hutton Institute and Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit which have the potential to make real world impact.  

By facilitating the mobility and knowledge exchanges of international students and academics, the programme supports the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology objectives in internationalising higher education and will also contribute to increasing the numbers of study programmes with international accreditation.  

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