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Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences FdSc: What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Omotade Idris Shittu
Course: Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences FdSc and Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)

"During my time in college, I did not know what I wanted to do in life. One of teachers informed about the career opportunities available in the pharmaceutical industry. I began researching and was fascinated to find the jobs available in the field could lead to a good income for my family – as well as make a difference to people's lives.

I applied for the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences FdSc foundation course which was based at Kingston College as my A-levels were not good enough to start the degree from year one. I began taking the course seriously as I was motivated to work for a pharmaceutical company. I passed the foundation year and thereafter I began my university course in pharmaceutical science.

Various lecturers at Kingston University (including Dr Ghatora, Dr Freestone, Dr Kishi and Dr Williams) helped motivate me and gave me self-belief – as well as making education fun. During my final year the support of these teachers was very important to me due to the intense workloads and they were constantly helping by pointing me in the right direction and providing me with time management and revision skills. They also helped me turn my weaknesses into strengths to ensure I did well. For example, during my dissertation, my spelling and grammar was poor and I didn't know how to get my point of view across. Dr Ghatora advised what I needed to do in order to receive a first in my dissertation.

I am currently studying for a Pharmaceutical Technology MSc at Kingston University. I plan to do my PCGE before I purse a career in the pharmaceutical industry, working as a regulatory affairs officer or patent attorney.

Kingston University helped me make this career choice as I was unsure of what sector of pharmaceutical science I wanted to work in until I took a module called Modern Industrial Practice and spoke to a lecturer and the careers department.

My advice is to spend time in the library to identify what you don't understand, utilise the opportunities you have, maintain a close relationship with your lecturers – and make sure you ask for their advice!"


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