A.  Brief History of the Study Program

Master Program in Biomedical Science (Program Magister Ilmu Biomedik, PMIB), Faculty of Medicine (Fakultas Kedokteran, FK) at Universitas Brawijaya (UB) originated from the establishment of Master Program of UB, which was started in 1981. The pilot program began with cooperation between UB and Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) to hold Credit Collection Program of UGM-UNIBRAW. The program was aimed to help UB in planning and implementing education at postgraduate level independently. After eleven years with the status of UGM-UNIBRAW collaboration program, based on the Decree of Directorate General for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 104/Dikti/Kep/93, 105/Dikti/Kep/93, and 106/Dikti/Kep/93, the Postgraduate Program of UB conduct its activities independently on February 27, 1993, with three Master Programs (Stratum 2/S2).

With the surging growth of study programs in UB, coupled with an increase in the number of applicants aspiring for new study programs, since the academic year 1995/1996 Postgraduate Program of UB has administered seven Master Programs. Starting from the academic year 1998/1999 Postgraduate Program of UB has administered 12 Master Programs and one Doctoral Program (Stratum 3/S3), which includes Master Program in Biomedical Science (Decree of Directorate General for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 326/DIKTI/KEP/1998 dated September 14, 1998).

Based on the Rector’s Decree No. 30/SK/2006 and Rector’s Circular Letter No. 2012/J10/LL/2006 that stipulated every Master and Doctoral Program to be under its perspective faculty, since the even semester of the academic year 2008/2009, the PMIB has been under the Faculty of Medicine. Then, based on the Decree of Directorate General for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture No. 13459/D/T/K-N/2012, the PMIB-FKUB has acquired authorization which due on December 8, 2016.

B.  Development of the Academic Field

In the academic year of 1998/1999, based on the Decree of Directorate General for Higher Education of Ministry of Education and Culture No. 326/DIKTI/Kep/1998 dated September 14, 1998, the PMIB-FKUB was opened as education program of Stratum 2 (S2) at the Postgraduate Program of UB. It was constituted to have six concentrations: Medical Anatomy-Histology, Medical Pharmacology, Medical Toxicology, Medical Immunology, Medical Microbiology, and Medical Parasitology. Considering the development of potential research in the area of Bio-molecular, the increase in the number of lecturers with the title of Professor and Doctorate of both national and overseas graduates, the tendency of the needs articulated by the candidates of this program, and the patterns of diseases, in 2009 the three concentrations of Molecular Physiology, Preventive Medicine, and Clinical Medicine were opened. Thus, the program holds nine concentrations (Dean’s Decree No.071/SK/UN10.7/KP/2011).

Based on the Curriculum Standard of Medical Specialist, which aims at improving the quality of the specialist program, and the objectives of the FKUB to develop human resources of the researcher in the areas of health and medicine, the PMIB-FKUB started pioneering the dual degree program involving the PMIB with the specialist program or clinical profession simultaneously. Its graduates are expected, in the future, to contribute to the development of health and medical sciences in the field of Biomedical Sciences, so that they will be able to catch up in the field of medicine and health sciences. Thus, the dual degree program for Master in Biomedical Sciences and Pediatrician (Sp.A) was started from the academic year of 2008/2009 (Dean’s Decree No. 19A/SK/H10.7/ AK/2011), under cooperation with Pediatric Specialist Program of FKUB/dr. Saiful Anwar General Hospital Malang. This dual degree program developed further for Neurologist (Sp.S) and also Clinical Pathologist (Sp.PK). By considering the fact that the graduates of Medical Study Program (Bachelor of Medicine) have human resource potentials in the areas of education and research, since the academic year of 2010/2011, in collaboration with the Medical Study Program FKUB, the dual degree program for Master of Biomedical Sciences and Medical Doctor has been conducted (Dean’s Decree No.19A/SK/H10.7/AK/2011).

To support the university’s vision and mission of becoming World Class University (WCU), since the academic year of 2009/2010, through a double degree program at the university, the double degree program with National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan, has been opened. Furthermore, the study program has also opened for the admission of overseas students under UB regulation through the International Office (http://io.ub.ac.id/).