Margaret Brophy

Award winning science student excels on third level education journey

County Cork native Margaret Brophy had enrolled in various third level programmes over the years but never found the perfect programme or college experience that suited her hopes. Margaret was always interested in obtaining a qualification and decided to give college life another chance as a mature student.

Now in second year of the Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Science degree at ATU Donegal, Margaret has never looked back.

“During my first week at ATU, all students were given the opportunity to take entry tests to determine what kind of learner you are and how you learn best. During these tests it was flagged that I might have ADHD. I have since been diagnosed. I think in hindsight that my previous attempts at studying may have been cut short because I never knew and I never got the correct supports”, says Margaret.

‘The Curve’ is a tailored learning centre at ATU Donegal that has strong learning support structures in place for all students. It offers advice and supports to a diverse range of students and operates and open-door policy. Margaret found the support provided by the curve invaluable and continues to support her through her third level journey.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Science degree is intrinsically multidisciplinary in nature and will open a world of career opportunities across a diverse range of sectors. Students spend extensive time studying in state-of-the-art laboratories and study the full range of core science subjects, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical science and medical devices.

Margaret says; “I loved the programme from day one. The split of practical and theoretical learning is the perfect balance for me. I learn by doing so I can really understand the theory when I can apply it to the practical learning. I like everything about the programme. I enjoy using all the different equipment in the labs and learning what it will be like to work in the industry. The labs and facilities are great, and the lecturers are very helpful.”

Margaret has been excelling at her studies, she has recently won an award for ‘Best Analytical Science Student 2023’. Uniquely awarded to the best performing Analytical Chemistry student, with big competition from third level institutions across the country each year.

Margaret now lives in Letterkenny and enjoys life in County Donegal; “I love Donegal. It feels like home. There’s so much to do in Letterkenny, I didn’t expect to have such a bustling town. In contrast, I love exploring the coast and the peacefulness that it provides too. Donegal people are so friendly and kind.”

Margaret is hoping to follow on with a Research PhD and looks forward to what the future brings and the opportunities that her programme will present upon graduation!