Farjana Begum is in the final year of the MSci Pharmaceutical Science. She gives an insight into her time on placement and the skills she gained.
"I am studying the MSci Pharmaceutical Science, which is an integrated Masters course. When I was in my last year of my BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science, the University introduced the integrated Masters option and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to carry on with the course.
I have recently been on a six-week placement with a company called PCI Pharma Service in Bridgend, which was previously known as Biotec. During my placement I was tasked with improving their raw material specification process, and drafting a specification form and non-conforming material form. This helped me to improve and extend my knowledge on quality control and regulations. It related well to a module on my course about advanced quality control and management in the pharmaceutical industry.
While on placement, I learnt how to function as a part of a big team and interact with people who have different skill sets, such as directors, project managers, the quality control team, the quality assurance team, a ‘qualified person’, the operational team and the project set-up team. I also discovered the importance of completing tasks by a set deadline, and how to listen and react to new ideas when problem-solving.
I also learnt how to work in a highly regulated environment under supervision. All my tasks were done under EU GMP guidelines and were reviewed and supervised by different departments of PCI.
Overall, the placement was a real life experience for me and allowed me to see how theory applies to the industry. It has definitely helped to boost my confidence and allowed me to consider my future path, as I was able to work with different departments within the company."