Claire sets her sights on pharmacy career

Elgin student Claire Murphy has graduated with a Masters of Pharmacy degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) after four years of determination and hard work.

Claire MurphyClaire (21) graduated with an MPharm with distinction in a ceremony at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, on Thursday, July 14.

The former Elgin Academy pupil decided to study pharmacy due to her enthusiasm for science and her passion for the care of people in the community.

Claire said: “For two years of my studies I lived at home in Elgin which meant a two hour journey to university and back each day. I couldn’t have done this without help from RGU staff who were very supportive throughout my studies.

“I am very pleased to be graduating with distinction and feel that the last four years of hard work have finally paid off. When I received my results I was delighted that my determination and commitment had allowed me to achieve my goal.”

Claire wrote her dissertation on antibiotic combination therapy as a strategy to overcome bacterial resistance.

Whilst carrying out her research she found herself faced with day-to-day challenges, similar to those she will face in pharmacy work. Her research meant she had to work closely with others, developing her team work skills which will be essential in her future profession.

During her course, Claire also attended the professional experiences week run by the university’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

She said: “Professional experience week helped me improve my knowledge and understanding of what a positive impact pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can have.

“Also, I visited a family with a young woman who suffered from multiple learning disabilities and it allowed me to see the difference we can make to a patients’ quality of life.”

In August, Claire will start her pre-registration year at Parkhead Pharmacy in Hopeman, Moray, following which she hopes to become a fully qualified pharmacist.

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Kirsty GroseneillCommunications Office Placement Student