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Alyaa Hadisa

Career Path: - Legal Advisory unit at a law firm in Malaysia namely, Messrs Shariff Asidah Ali & Co
Location: Malaysia

I advocate mostly on Patient's Rights - especially on Women's Rights and Human Rights as a whole. I chose to pursue with Master of Laws in Medical Law because Medical Law has always been my area of interest. In Malaysia, Medico - Legal area of law to which I genuinely believe that this area of law requires a massive breakthrough. Having a less qualified by certification and experienced Medico - Legal specialist, Medical Law is commonly neglected in Malaysia. Therefore apart of my interest within the area, the reason I chose to pursue into Medico Legal area of Law and qualified myself by certification with LLM Master of Law in Medical Law, it is my responsibility as a person with qualification in Medico - Legal area to break the frame of Malaysian mind to make the appropriate revision to Malaysian Medical Law. 

What are you doing now?:

At the moment, I am working as a Legal Adviser in Medico - Legal Advisory unit in a law firm in Malaysia (Messrs Shariff Asidah Ali & Co) to which at the same time I, too currently doing a PhD in Law with the interest research area on Reproductive Justice. Alyaa Hadisa

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?:

I've been attending Northumbria since 2013. I began my undergraduate studies full-time and continued on to complete postgraduate coursework for the PG Cert in Medical Law, the PG Diploma in Medical Law, and the LLM Master of Laws in Medical Law, which I recently being awarded to. From them, I can confidently claim to be a true Northumbria breed. I still chose Northumbria because I want to study with the best! therefore I'm glad I did! Northumbria University offering excellent study programs. I absolutely adore everything about this place. The students, faculty, and staff at the university are helpful and amiable. Northumbria provides me with a solid network of allies. Geordies are lovely people. Being ranked among the top institutions in the country and have recently received the "University of the Year Award," which proves I made a completely right choice when I chose to start studying here in 2013, while many of my friends chose to attend other universities. I am aware that having a Northumbria degree will benefit me in job interviews and, once I have one, will lead benefit me to doors to more exciting locations.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? (eg. were there a mix of lectures, seminars, team projects? Was the feedback constructive?):

I enrolled at the university full-time in 2013 for the academic year. Students receive one of two sorts of lectures. The lecture lasts from 45 and an hour. We will have a private tutor working with a small group of students in seminars that last around two hours. Advantage to that, we can concentrate more and feel relax when we ask the lecturer a series of doubts, especially when it was held within a small group of students. After finished my undergrad studies, I work in my country therefore I had a different experience when I continued my post-graduate studies, namely when I took distance learning courses for my master's degree. As an adult, the distance learning programme gave me flexibility in my studies. The university gave me access to the lecture notes posted on the whiteboard, after which it assigned me a dedicated supervisor whom I could speak with and discuss issues with just like my colleagues. The academic staff at the university is just incredibly kind and respectful of the students. 

How connected was your course with industry? (eg. did you have a placement, work on projects? were there interesting guest lectures?):

This industry has benefited greatly from my program. I decided to study medical law because it relates to the field in which I am currently employed as a legal advisor at the medico legal advisory unit. With the certification I earned from Northumbria, I was also invited to deliver a talk at various webinars on Medical Law, notably linked to the Patient's Right in my home country, Malaysia.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?:

Even though I haven't taken any placement courses throughout my degree, I'm confident that they will be very helpful to me if I do. Despite this, the education I took helped me immensely in my profession as a legal adviser in the Medical Legal Adviser Unit. This occurs as a result of Malaysia's underdeveloped medical-legal system of law. I am convinced that having a certified person like myself who has experience in both the legal and medical realms of medicine would allow me to convey sound knowledge to assist the general public in exercising their legal rights.

What was the best thing about your course?:

My academic staff and the university support personnel are the best aspects of my education. I consider myself very fortunate and appreciative of the wonderful and supportive people I met while studying at Northumbria. The state-of-the-art facilities at the City Campus are the best aspect of my course (LAW), aside from everything else!

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?:

My Northumbria degree has greatly assisted me in achieving my objective. I always wanted to be able to make a difference in the medico-legal field of law (especially since the field of medical law in my nation is lagging behind), thus the degree I received from Northumbria has greatly aided me in achieving my objective. I am now employed in the medico-legal advisory unit. I envision myself joining politics in the future and using that platform to advance medical-legal policies in my country.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?:

Time management Self - Confidence Critical Thinking Communication abilities, especially when I have to communicate with both locals and my international friends. This ability has been extremely helpful to me when communicating with my international clients.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?:

Nearly all of my experiences in Northumbria were enjoyable! Anything goes, just name it! Being an international student, learning about other countries' cultures and people has been a wonderful experience for me. It has broaden my mind about world.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?:

Having been a student at Northumbria from 2013 to 2022, I can assure that if you decide to study here, you won't regret and it will be a life changing experience for you to grow you more as a person. GO FOR IT!!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?:


For more information about me visit: (eg. links to webpages, blogs, Instagram, Twitter, etc.):

Email - Twitter academic - @alyhadisa Facebook - Alya Hadisa Linkedin -

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