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Reading School of Pharmacy alumni Kalid Odweyne’s career has gone from strength to strength since completing the MPharm, he is currently working as a pharmacist within the NHS. Pharmacy appealed to Kalid because he is particularly interested in chemistry and biology, and he loves to interact with people so it was a great combination for him. 

He made the decision to come to Reading after attending an Open Day and meeting the lecturers and students from the School of Pharmacy, and seeing the campus we have here.

"When I was applying, the MPharm at Reading was going through reaccreditation and my cohort was the first year on an integrated course. This means you don't learn the different aspects of the subject separately, but look at a particular disease and how you would use different medicines and how it links to the chemistry. Not many universities were doing that at the time. The lecturers were really friendly and excited about the teaching. Speaking to students at the Open Day, they were very happy and that made me want to apply."

Giving students the edge with placements

A key aspect of the MPharm at the University of Reading is the opportunity to gain direct experience within the healthcare industry through placements. 

We have strong links with industry and work closely with healthcare organisations in the local area, giving our MPharm students the chance to try out their future career during their studies.  

"The University was very good at arranging placements every year. Each placement used knowledge we'd learnt in that year of the course, so the placements were longer each year. In first year, I had an afternoon in a community pharmacy and a hospital. In second year, I had four day-long placements and in third year, week-long placements of my choice.

"Lecturers encouraged us to find placements ourselves as well and helped us find them. In fourth year I managed to go on five different placements. It's given me an edge, which I owe to the support from my academic tutor and pharmacy staff, and which I'm really grateful for."

Opening future career opportunities

Kalid utilised the unique collaborative learning opportunities to further his business knowledge, with the internationally recognised Henley Business School. With the growing demand for leadership roles in the NHS, this collaboration helps our students stand out to potential employers. 

"Pharmacy is moving away from modern-day dispensing and becoming more involved with management of a local area, commissioning, finance. I'm able to be of more value in a pharmacy context. I'm able to do a clinical role and, with practice, look at management and leadership roles, which the NHS needs.“ 



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