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Teaching and Assessment

We apply a range of strategies to encourage the development of knowledge and skills in an integrated manner.

Our approach to teaching is primarily patient case orientated

We use a range of methods including:

  • problem-based learning
  • team-based learning
  • small group tutorials
  • clinical practice
  • laboratory work
  • work-based learning
  • clinical case seminars and lectures

We use these methods to encourage the development of knowledge and skills in an integrated manner. These teaching methods bring together the science of pharmacy with the needs of the patient. This means we can ensure that you learn to integrate your developing knowledge and are able to apply it to your future work.

The level of contact that each year group has with the entire MPharm programme team is high. All students spend a high percentage of their week engaged in some form of teaching.

Our range of teaching and learning methods will provide you with the skills required for use of medicines for patient benefit.


At Newcastle, our work has worldwide impact. You'll be taught by some of the top academics and internationally renowned experts in their field, including drug and target discovery, medicines design, health informatics, clinical and public health research.

Work-based learning forms a large part of our study programme. This will help you to develop professional skills for your future career. You’ll also have inter-professional learning sessions alongside professionals and other students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. Which develops your understanding of pharmacy within the complete healthcare system. Ultimately, building confidence in your skill and professional practice role.