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Jo Xuan Tan


MPharm Pharmacy

Aspiring to become a hospital pharmacist, Jo Xuan Tan came all the way from Malaysia to study (MPharm) Pharmacy course at the University of Sunderland. From patient sessions, mock ward rounds to a compulsory community and hospital placements, Jo loves that students get the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in real life settings.

I did my A Levels in Singapore before coming to the University. I’ve decided to enter the Pharmacy course as I’ve always wanted to help people who are vulnerable. When I was first introduced to the University, I just had the feeling that it was right for me. 

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because it is well-reputed for its Pharmacy course and has superb facilities catered to the course. The best thing about the University is that it offers equal opportunities for students to enter their desired courses on top of its affordable tuition fees.

As some of the lecturers are practising pharmacists – they are able to convey the most up-to-date information in practice to students, thus bridging the gap between the theoretical and practical aspects of the course once again.

I felt really grateful that the lecturers at the University are all friendly and encouraging. That really helped me a lot in my studies as I knew that they will always have my back and I can always approach them if I have any questions.

The University is relentlessly looking to improve the structure of the course and feedback is greatly welcomed. This allows us to have a say in shaping the course into one that is best suited for our learning.

The University sets high standards for its Pharmacy course so be prepared to plunge yourselves into lots of commitments as it can sometimes be really demanding. The bright side of it is that you will find it really rewarding as you progress through the course and be amazed by how much knowledge you have gained. My advice would be to manage your time properly and seize every opportunity to learn.

Doing a pharmacy-related job during term time would probably help you in your studies but attending for summer placements could be an alternative if you find it hard to juggle between study and work. The most important thing is to know your limits and adjust your own learning pace appropriately and you are good to go!

As an international student, I have never once felt that I was rejected and I am utterly grateful that the University of Sunderland has provided me somewhere I can call a second home. I’ve enjoyed my time at the University so far and am counting down to the day when I can proudly claim myself as a graduate from the University of Sunderland."

Published 11 March 2019

Jo won the Roz Anderson Memorial Award for her outstanding performance across all areas of the MPharm course

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