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

Improve your employment prospects by combining a high-quality graduate-level internship with intensive career management learning.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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

The course 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 course is designed to help you to critically apply, consolidate and review knowledge, skills and practical experiences gained through a work-based learning experience to enhance your employability. Through completing this course you will:

  1. Better understand your own career options, theories and decision making processes.
  2. Articulate your transferable skills and reflect on areas for development.
  3. Develop advanced commercial and opportunity awareness.
  4. Improve your professionalism, communication, team work and presentation skills.
  5. Understand employer requirements.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

During the initial 4-week Preparation and Planning module you will participate in:

  • Practical and discussion based classes
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Online and self-directed learning

You will also receive on-going one to one and group support and tuition throughout your internship placement.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by continual assessment; there are no exams for this course.

You will be assessed through:

  • Practical assignments
  • Written work
  • Group work

What you will study

(20 credits)

This module will enhance your self-awareness, career management skills and understanding of the world of work and thus prepare you for your internship.

(40 credits)

In this module you’ll undertake a graduate-level internship placement and learn all the career planning skills you need to search for your next job or opportunity and to manage your career into the future.

Prior to the beginning of the course, 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.

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.

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

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 courses.” This means that the IGC course, 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 course 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 course have benefited from a real advantage in the 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.

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 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.

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Deadline for applications is: Friday 3 November 2017.

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. Your preferred geographic area(s) for your internship.

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. 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 Certificate GradCertP052246

Course Contact

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