Tina Smith graduated from Medway School of Pharmacy in 2018 with a Master of Pharmacy.
Did you always know you wanted to study Pharmacy? If yes why?
I haven’t always wanted to study pharmacy. In sixth form, I was set on becoming a primary school teacher. When I told my teacher this, he encouraged me to study something harder and achieve higher, which is how I came across the MPharm degree. I can honestly say that I have not once regretted my decision to study pharmacy. Each year the degree gets slightly harder, however I enjoy each year more. I love that the course is integrated because I am able to fully understand a topic as all aspects (including biology, chemistry biochemistry and pharmacology) are covered and then revisited at a later date. My favourite aspect is that pharmacy is always changing; there is always something new to learn, meaning it never gets boring. Pharmacists are highly respected and there are copious opportunities within this field.
Why did you choose Medway School of Pharmacy?
The Medway campus is beautiful. Once I made my decision on what degree to study, I started researching locations. Right from the start, Medway School of Pharmacy stood out to me as something special. Everything a student needs is on campus, it’s small, and easy to navigate. The campus thrives in diversity, and if you want to meet people from all over the world, then this is the perfect place. I was not a fan of city universities because they were too crowded and noisy, so this campus seemed perfect to me. It was my first choice and the day that I got my acceptance letter, I immediately placed it as my firm option on UCAS.
What are your favourite aspects of the course?
The staff here are incredibly friendly. Right from day one, each student is made to feel welcomed and needed, lecturers encourage students to visit their offices if they need any help, and it feels like home. The classes are a comfortable size, and it is easy to talk to a lecturer one-on-one before or after they start teaching. Most importantly, each student is treated as an individual and not as a group, allowing us to grow, learn and mature in our own way to become the person we wish to be.
Would you recommend MSoP to prospective students?
Absolutely yes. I was also fortunate enough to be selected to meet and speak to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) during the reaccreditation of Medway School of Pharmacy in 2016. This was a new experience for me, and it was interesting to meet some of the members of the pharmacy governing body and to see their beliefs in the future of pharmacy. There are plenty of opportunities here, and the students are always informed of any relevant part-time jobs, summer placements and work experience.