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Manisha Prabhakar

MSc Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology

Manisha Prabhakar

Manisha, who wants to be a chemistry teacher, decided to follow up her BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences degree from Bradford with an MSc in Drug Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology.

"I wanted to enhance my career prospects as a teacher, and I felt completing an MSc would set me apart from other candidates [when going for promotion to] Head of Science."

She says choosing to stay on at the University of Bradford was an easy decision.

"They offered a very good discount for postgraduate courses for alumni students, and I felt I already knew the campus very well so I wouldn't need to worry about settling in."

Perfect balance

Manisha says the course really stood out from others.

"I liked how it incorporated current research into the cancer field but did not solely revolve around it, thus providing a more generalised, rather than specific, field of learning.

"It addresses key aspects in the safety pharmacology of drugs throughout pre-clinical and clinical settings and the underlying mechanisms of how drugs can cause specific toxicities.

"The course contains the perfect balance between theoretical learning in lectures and hands-on experience by putting our theoretical learning into practice, in the form of lab practicals throughout Semester 2."

Expand writing skills

And she found the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate studies refreshing.

"The part of the course I've enjoyed the most is writing a critical appraisal on a current topic in safety pharmacology, because for four years during my undergraduate degree, I was always told not to write my opinions.

"But I have preferred to expand my writing skills in this critical appraisal to present my views on both sides of research."

Manisha says the University has everything she needs to carry out her studies.

"The facilities at the University of Bradford are incredible. The modern setting of the atrium, student central and the library has all provided the perfect learning environment for group and individual study.

"The library in particular has been incredibly helpful by enabling me to concentrate on working on my deadlines in a quiet setting."

Career ambition

And she has high hopes for her future, thanks to Bradford.

"My course has helped spark a greater in-depth interest and knowledge into science and science-related research, which I feel will help me teach chemistry with a greater passion and enthusiasm.

"The numerous presentations have also enabled me to continue developing my public speaking.

"My course leader knows that I have a chemistry teaching place for September and that I want to apply for a Chemistry Scholarship from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

"So she very kindly added a chemistry-related summer project for me to enhance my chemistry practical skills, which will strongly support my scholarship application.

"I have also received regular support from the Career Services throughout my teaching application process, from my initial consideration to apply for teaching to filling out UCAS applications."

Manisha has become involved in University life, playing an active role in sports clubs and working at the University to support her studies.

"I have played football for Bradford University Women’s Football Club and have played squash for the University team too.

"I also work part-time as a Note Taker at the University to support students with disabilities."

What would Manisha say to someone considering the University of Bradford?

"I would strongly recommend the University of Bradford for undergraduate or postgraduate studying.

"The facilities alone are exceptional and after personally visiting other university campuses, they did not compare to the modern facilities of Bradford.

"In addition, the small size of the campus and variety of sports and societies to join creates a close, community feel, which makes learning and socialising a memorable experience at the University of Bradford."