Ever since my younger days, I had always dreamt of becoming a scientist and carrying out research in a lab-based environment. Later on, I developed a growing interest for chemistry modules as well as a strong desire to lead a career related to the healthcare industry and do my part in contributing to the welfare of society. Eventually, I came across the Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme offered by IMU which immediately caught my attention as the ideal opportunity to pave the way to fulfilling my aforementioned goals while allowing me to develop my knowledge in the field which I am most interested in.
Initially, there was much confusion and conflict between choosing the more widely known Pharmacy programme or the Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme which I have had no prior knowledge of before stumbling upon one of its marketing campaigns. However, what intrigued me most about the Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme which ultimately led to my decision to enrol in it was its primary focus on the many aspects of drug product design and manufacture, from the early stages of discovery and development to the production, approval, and marketing of the drugs.
Although my main interest lies in the research and development of drug dosage forms, the diverse scope of knowledge delivered in the programme lays the foundation for greater flexibility when entering the industry, as it provides the fundamental knowledge to kickstart not only a career in formulation or analytical research and development, but also in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, sales and marketing, and so on.
Throughout the course of my study at IMU under the Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme, I gained knowledge in the core chemistry modules, biology, and biotechnology-based modules, as well as bioinformatics, pharmaceutical engineering, mathematics and statistics, as well as research methodology which all provided the basis for the development of skills relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
To enhance the learning process, I had the opportunity to utilise modern equipment and facilities for hands-on practical sessions, such as chemistry, microbiology, and pharmaceutics laboratories and apparatus. On top of that, I also had the chance to experience a clean room setting to familiarise with its respective procedures and protocols which give insight into industrial GMP manufacturing environments.
My study experience was also greatly enriched by the people around me, as I had the pleasure of studying alongside my bright colleagues who always contributed to fruitful discussions and were never hesitant to share their knowledge and experience, providing me with much to learn as well as a broader perspective on various matters. My lecturers and the faculty members of the School of Pharmacy were also highly supportive and motivating as they never hesitated to provide me with any assistance or guidance whenever requested, and always looked out for the best interests of the students.
My time in IMU has been a very enriching experience that has driven development not only towards my career but also in shaping my character, which will undoubtedly be beneficial for me in my future endeavours.
Written by Yeoh Yoong Xin (PC119), recipient of the Tun Zahir Merit Award, given to a graduating student who has shown outstanding academic excellence in his/her