Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Abeeda Cash
Course: Pharmaceutical Science MPharmSci
Level: In final year
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation: Renting privately with friends
"I decided to study Pharmaceutical Science because it tied in with my A-level subjects. I visited Kingston for an open day and liked the University – it felt right.
"On the course I have really enjoyed a lot of the lab work and the chemistry. I have found the lecturers very good. They are approachable and always very helpful whenever I go to them with a problem.
"Outside of the course, the nightlife in Kingston is great. There are many places to go out and it's easy to get into London as well. The University also offers lots of opportunities for extra activities. I did salsa dancing in the first year, for example. This year I am in a rock climbing group – we went to Snowdonia recently and it was brilliant, really good fun."
Name: Lesa Pemberton
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)
Level: 3rd year
"I chose this course because it offered a unique combination of the sciences with most emphasis on chemistry, which I have a passion for. The structure of the course allowed for industrial placement year, which I thought would be an advantage.
"I would probably have to say the best thing about the course so far has been finally understanding some of the science that I have always wondered about, thanks to our lab sessions. The direct application of science learned in the classroom is very interesting. The course also deals with a wide range of topics from toxicology to formulation to organic chemistry. It gives an insight into the many career choices available with a degree like pharmaceutical science, and also allows you to interact with students from other courses.
"In my placement year I worked for Proctor and Gamble for a year as an intern in a field that I had not previously even thought about. Regulatory Affairs deals with protecting the company from authorities and also ensuring that the company's products are safe for customers to use. My job was to create/develop a tracking system for one of the company's products and ensure compliance with all the relevant legislations. The year was a very successful one and I have now been offered a full time graduate position with the company.
"There is no comparison between school/college and University life. University pushes you to be independent both in your life and in your studies. The work load increases a lot and the focus is no longer on one or two subjects but a covers a wide range of modules and subject areas."