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Studying an Mpharm in Scotland

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Read what Christine Filion Murphy has to say about her experiences

“I chose Robert Gordon University because I had been lucky enough to complete a M.Sc. through distance learning and had found that the academic style in Scotland was highly cooperative compared to some of my previous academic experiences. As I am from Canada, I wanted to obtain a qualification that could travel and Scottish higher education has a great reputation back home. I also wanted a qualification that would enable me to start a career. I was interested in pharmacy and found that RGU prided itself on patient-centred care. This was at the heart of why I wanted to become a health care professional and I felt that this brought the human aspect of pharmacy to the forefront. I also felt that practicing the soft-skills of patient interview techniques, questioning styles and holistic thinking would be essential to my future practice as pharmacy seemed to be moving towards a more clinical role.

My experience was academically challenging but ultimately very rewarding. I was able to experience living abroad and enjoyed a complete cultural immersion in Scotland. On an academic level, I got the opportunity to engage in research, meet wonderful pharmacy exchange students from around the globe, experience various placement opportunities, and participate in simulations with other health care students. All in all, I feel I received a very relevant “real-world” education as lecturers brought examples from their current practice to their lectures.

Given the current competitive nature of post-graduate employment, I feel that RGU prepared me exceedingly well for my pre-registration year. I would recommend that any potential international students be aware of the requirements for converting their qualification in their home country as these were updated and modified while I was a student. Checking these a few times throughout your studies will help keep you informed of timelines and costs. Studying in Scotland, I was able to complete my license conversion in full and am now in hospital practice in my home province.”

Source: Study in Scotland

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