Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

My name is Rabab Bintel Huda Kassam and I'm Kenyan by citizen. I am studying Pharmacy (MPharm) at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. At present I am in the course of completing my second year, after which I plan to proceed to The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom to complete my final two years.

The remarkable and perfect functioning of the human body has always left me enthralled. Equally amazing is mankind's ability to fix our bodies when something goes wrong. As a result, I opted to build a career in something that would not only hold my interest, but earn me a well respected place in the medical field too as a health professional. After a thorough inspection of the science based courses available in Malaysia, I discovered I had a growing interest in the field of Pharmacy for several reasons, some of which I will briefly describe. To begin with, the course content embraces a wide array of knowledge regarding the science behind the human body, which brings me to my second reason, that of self satisfaction.

Pharmacy, as most of us are aware, is a collection of sciences concerning the theory, development and usage of medicines. It involves the understanding of diseases and the ability to develop and prescribe drugs which are able to rid the problem. In thus doing, the wellbeing of the public lies in our hands. I have always felt contentment in being able to make a difference in someone's life, and this course will enable me to do just that. Thirdly, job prospects as a healthcare professional are plentiful and this will allow me to put into practice what I have learnt as soon as I graduate.

Fourthly, after my A-Levels, I had taken up a part-time voluntary job in a pharmacy in the U.K. I realised that what may look like ordinary tablets and capsules to us, are essentially a product of extensive medical research and engineering.These four reasons, amongst others, inspired me to take up a career in Pharmacy. Perhaps one of the most important reasons I am doing this degree is to fulfill my mother's dreams.

What is Pharmacy really all about then? I recall vividly the times after my A Levels when I was in search of something I could be passionate about. I had always wished I could speak to someone who had first hand experience in this field. With that, I dedicate this article to all those who wish to know what the MPharm course at the University of Nottingham entails.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is one of 5 campuses of the University of Nottingham in the U.K, which is one of U.K's most esteemed higher education establishments. It offers a 2+2 Masters program in Pharmacy 
whereby the first two years are taught at the Malaysia Campus, and the final two in the University Park campus in the U.K. For applicants to be considered, they are required to have good grades in at least 3 A-Level science subjects, one of which must be chemistry. From my personal experience, I'd recommend biology to be 1 of the 2 other science subjects.

The course takes off by building on some basic knowledge and introducing some new concepts on professional skills and the designing of dosage forms. There are 4 mandatory lab modules carried out through the first two years which allow students to gain knowledge of medicines formulation amongst other things. The School of Pharmacy here swanks state-of-the-art labs which make the lab classes all the more interesting. The teaching environment, the 
module objectives, the lectures and way the course is carried out in the Malaysia Campus are equivalent to what goes on in the University Park campus in the U.K. We are constantly taught modules or part thereof by visiting lecturers from the U.K. campus. The School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus boasts a group of intelligent and wonderful lecturers, most of whom hold a doctorate in Pharmacy related fields and who are more than willing to do their part in providing the best and bringing out the best in us.

My adventure began when I received an unconditional offer from the University after I sent in my final A-Level grades. I was also fortunate to secure a `Nottingham High Achievers' scholarship which I carried on to the second year too when my first year results met the requirements. To qualify for this award, you are required to have A-Level grades of AAB or better. To carry the scholarship on to the second year, you must achieve a second class mark or better during the first year. Initially, I had a fair degree of difficulty in adjusting myself to the taught lectures since they were a far cry from what I was adapted to during A-Levels. However, with time, hard work, motivation and strength, I grew to enjoy what I was doing.

Because the campus is located about 36 kilometers from my house in Kuala Lumpur, I chose to live on-campus to avoid traveling to and fro everyday. Furthermore, living on-campus gave me a chance to explore my identity and become independent. I spent the first year living in the Halls of Residence located on-campus. For my second year, I applied for an off-campus accommodation where I got the chance to share a house with 4 of my friends.

The adjacent off-campus accommodation is only a 5 minute ride away with a frequent shuttle service to the main campus. As for the campus itself, I believe it to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. There are a good number of reasons why I feel part of the wider University. Among them include: the architectural infrastructure that truly reflects the University Park campus in the U.K; the surrounding landscaping and cooler location reflects the spring-like weather the U.K. experiences, the only difference being, its consistence through out the year; the existence of international students from all over the world including the U.K; the presence of full-time and visiting lecturers and Professors from the U.K; and the recent visit by the British deputy Prime Minister to the University convinces even further.

University life is a very distinct phase of your life. It is simply a training ground that polishes one for the real world out there. University life is not only about attending lectures, sitting for tests and exams, and participating in extracurricular activities, it also gives you the chance to shape yourself for the future. Learning independence, assuming responsibility for every action that you take, organizing and managing yourself are among the aspects that one experiences in University life. The interaction with students from diverse backgrounds and nations makes one open-minded to see everything from a global perspective. If there's one piece of advice that I could give a prospective student about going to University, it is to be enthusiastic about achieving your goal. Enthusiasm will prompt full commitment towards a set of objectives and to achieve this, one must effectively manage their time by prioritizing every pursuit.

All my life, I have been spoilt by receiving the best education and I didn't want to break that trend. Hence, I chose to pursue my degree at the University of Nottingham because it ranks among the top Pharmacy offering universities in the United Kingdom. Not only am I proud of my achievement, I am indeed very grateful to the Lord for giving me a chance to study at such a prestigious university. If I can be of any help to you at all, please feel free to contact me on the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.