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Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching and learning activities are used throughout our MPharm courses.

These include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, computer and team-based learning sessions, and research projects.

You will also get involved with group work, including working as part of an inter-professional team with students from other medicine-related programmes.

As a formal part of all four years of your studies, you will attend clinical tutorials that are run within hospital settings by experienced clinical tutors.

We also have students who undertake the Manchester Leadership Programme to develop additional skills.

Andrew Mawdsley

"The Manchester MPharm has allowed me to pursue my passions in patient care and education, and offered me avenues I had not considered when I decided to follow this path."

Andrew Mawdsley / Clinical Pharmacist/Lecturer and MPharm alumnus


Your knowledge will be assessed using a variety of methods, including:

  • practical reports and examinations;
  • group work;
  • peer assessment;
  • oral presentations;
  • end-of-semester examinations.

Your report writing skills will be assessed throughout the course, while your practical skills will be continuously assessed during practical classes.

Your final degree mark is based on the results of second, third and fourth-year examinations, as well as the fourth-year project. Read about a dissertation project on waste medicines on the Faculty student blog.


Our MPharm students also get the opportunity to spend time in pharmacy departments and on wards in one of three local NHS trusts, learning from real-life hospital pharmacists in all four years of the course.

During this time, you will observe and interact with patients, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

You will get valuable practical experience of the basic principles of common disease processes and rational drug therapy, as well as developing your communication skills.

You will also gain an insight into the hospital work environment, helping you make more informed career choices.

The trusts we send students to are:

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSMT)

The pharmacy department of the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust provides dispensing services and a full clinical pharmacy service to wards and departments at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT)

SRFT offers a wide range of pharmaceutical services to patients and staff at:

  • Salford Royal
  • the local primary care trust
  • St Ann's Hospice
  • a local private hospital.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)

The Pharmacy Directorate provides services to patients at:

  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH)
  • Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH)
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI)
  • Saint Mary's Hospital (SMH)
  • Trafford General Hospital
  • University Dental Hospital of Manchester
  • community services.

Teaching innovation

Our lecturers use clickers, or student response systems, to test the understanding of students in class.

Clickers are a technology used to promote active learning and can help lecturers by:

  • actively engaging students during the entire class period;
  • gauging their level of understanding of the material being presented;
  • providing prompt feedback to student questions.

Using the clicker system, a lecturer can ask the class a question and get an immediate response to see how well they have understood the teaching.