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Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons): 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.

Felix Sheffield

Name: Felix Sheffield
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)
Level:  Graduated July 2018

"I wanted to study in London and after seeing the fantastic NSS scores for the pharmaceutical science programme at Kingston, it seemed like the best option in the area. The town was also attractive as it seemed like there was a lot to do along with the excellent connections to central London.

A typical day on the Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons) course would consist of lectures, workshops and laboratory sessions between 9.00am and 6.00pm. Not all days were this long, however it is fairly common. Workshops were a chance to practice questions eg. past exam questions with an academic present; these sessions were a good chance to reflect on the material from lectures and work with your classmates to solve problems and engage in academic discussion. Practical sessions ranged between 2 and 3 hours in length and  involved a variety of experiments - such as synthesising different therapeutic compounds, carrying out analysis on samples to become familiar with analytical instrumentation and lots more.

Personally, the most interesting module was Drug Development in the third year of the course. This particular module covered such a broad range of topics, it was difficult not to enjoy it. We studied cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases to understand the mechanisms by which the disease occurs and subsequently, how drugs can be designed to treat them and the specifics of their modes of action. This module is definitely one to look forward to.

Not only did the variety of laboratory sessions prepare the students to go into industry, but the variety of academic material also prepared us to go into areas of intellectual property and more office-based jobs. For me personally, the research project undertaken in my third year has most prepared me for when I graduate as I will be going on to begin a masters and PhD,  therefore this research experience was excellent for my academic confidence and research skills.

The best thing about studying at Kingston has been the staff.  They have been so welcoming and supportive throughout my three years, as well as providing the best teaching I could have hoped for.

Be sure to read through the module descriptors on the course page on the University website so you fully understand what the course entails. If you are interested in how therapeutic compounds work and how they are synthesised, then this course is perfect for you. This course opens so many doors career-wise within the pharmaceutical industry, so with this degree behind you, it's your choice."


Name: Huiwoon Yeo
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)

"The first time I came to this university all the lecturers looked very friendly and they were happy to help me, explain everything to me and even check my essays and reports before submission. The workshops were also very useful, they taught us how to prepare for exam questions. Also my coursemates in Kingston were very friendly as well. The English department I used to improve my English was very good. I really liked it.

I remembered that the first time I came to Kingston, Dr Freestone and Dr Ho were the first lecturers that wished me Happy Chinese New Year. This really impressed me, because that was the first time I heard someone wish me this in the UK."


Name: Debbie Boateng
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)

"Kingston University has taught me a great deal about the ways to learn, how to compromise in group projects, taught me patience while working with people with strong opinions but mostly showed me the wide range of good people and personalities that on paper shouldn't work but in reality do. Out of all I've learnt I can say Kingston University has proved that sometimes you should expect the unexpected and have fun along the way.

I'd like to thank Dr Bal Ghatora for everything. For her support and open door policy – which I used frequently. She understood our position and helped whether it related to the module she taught us or not. Nobody else could have been there for me like she was."


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 my teachers informed me about the career opportunities available in the pharmaceutical industry. I began researching and was fascinated to find that 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.

Kingston University helped me in making career choices 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."


Aleksandra Tchoryk

Name: Aleksandra Tchoryk
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)

"I chose to study pharmaceutical science at Kingston University as I have a keen interest in drug research and development. I found the course modules very interesting and lecturers very helpful and enthusiastic.

The one thing that I enjoy the most are the practical laboratory sessions which give me the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned during the lectures into practice. I also find that the structure of the course helped me develop my time management and organisation skills."


Name: Moshin Malik
Age: 19
Course: Pharmaceutical Science BSc(Hons)
Level: In second year
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation: Living with family

"I chose to study pharmaceutical science as an alternative to pharmacy. I had heard good things about Kingston University from friends and preferred the course structure to others I had seen. The fact that the town is in a beautiful location along the Thames was an extra bonus.

One of the most interesting aspects of the course is the many practicals, which are enjoyable and fascinating. Classes such as Organic Chemistry and lab classes such as Practical Skills in Pharmaceutical Science are very informative and you really learn a lot from them.

The teaching is of a very good standard – most lecturers show a passion for their subject and really know what they are talking about. I find that workshop classes are a great help because you can talk one-on-one with the lecturer about how to solve any problems. If I have struggled with anything on my course it's easy to ask for help – lecturers are always available in their office or via email and always happy to help.

I am also a peer assisted learner (PAL). This is a scheme that helps students in the first year who are struggling. I assist them with any aspects of chemistry they do not understand. This can be through email or meeting up.

After I graduate, my long-term ambition is to obtain a job in the pharmaceutical industry and hopefully go into the research and development of new drugs. The course has made me even more fascinated by this area."


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