May 5, 2023, by Mei Kee Lee

Alumni Testimonial – Tey Yee Ling (2016)

Tey Yee Ling (MPharm 2+2 class of 2016) is currently working in Malaysia.

Describe your career path and experience after graduating from the University of Nottingham.

I graduated from the MPharm (Hons) programme in 2016 and now I am a fully-registered pharmacist in UK and Malaysia. After graduation, I managed to secure a pre-registration placement at an independent pharmacy in Derby. After completing my pre-registration training, I return to my hometown and I am now a registered pharmacist in Malaysia as well. The experience and in UoN and UK and pre-reg definitely help me while working in Malaysia.

What made you choose to pursue your degree at University of Nottingham?

As a pharmacist, I am proud to be a graduate of the University of Nottingham. Choosing this esteemed institution was an easy decision for me because of its international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Moreover, I was attracted to the MPharm 2+2 program, which allowed me to live and experience campus life both in Malaysia and in UK.

What did you love most about your student life with MPharm 2+2? May we have a recount of your fondest memory of it?

My student life at the University of Nottingham was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. One of the things I loved most about my student life was the opportunity to live and study in a foreign country. Being an international student was a significant challenge, but it was also a unique and rewarding experience.

Another aspect of my student life that I enjoyed was the chance to travel and explore the UK and Europe, which broadened my horizons and gave me a new perspective on life.

Overall, my experience as an MPharm 2+2 student at the University of Nottingham was unforgettable, and I am grateful for the opportunities and memories it provided.

How did your degree at University of Nottingham prepared you for your career?

Personally I felt that the course structure during our final year, where we were required to run a simulated pharmacy with our coursemates from various background were very challenging and relevant to the real world. Throughout the course, we need to work together as colleagues to keep our customers “alive” while handling their queries and demands. In real world practice, customers will not ask us how amlodipine is made, instead we will have to deal with their emotions, their unexpected questions and prepare for any challenges without any SOPs to follow.

What is your advice to current or prospective MPharm students?

I would say make the most of it during your studies as your time at university will fly by. Take advantage of all the opportunities available to you at the University of Nottingham. The MPharm program is rigorous, but it is also rewarding. Ensure that you attend all your lectures, labs, and tutorials, and seek help when you need it. Engage in extracurricular activities, such as joining a student society or volunteering. Although study does not just stop there once you are graduated, always keep in mind just remember to enjoy life along the way, so work hard and play harder!

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