Overview of Practice-informed Learning

A successful journey of pharmacy leads students to accomplish beyond academic excellence. In our undergraduate and taught postgraduate pharmacy curricula, we interweave the delivery of up-to-date knowledge in pharmaceutical science and clinical practice with real-world contexts and hands-on experiential learning activities.

Leveraging our robust network with various institutions and stakeholders in the healthcare sector, we bring together the expertise of practitioners and contemporary healthcare practice to deliver authentic learning experiences that guide the students’ transformation into healthcare professionals. With pioneering teaching and learning approaches, this new model of Practice-informed Learning defines a new landscape of local pharmacy education and sets us apart from other local pharmacy programmes:

Real-world knowledge application and skills in classrooms
  • Problem-based learning
  • Ward visits and site visits throughout Year 2-4 of Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Advanced Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy practice counselling and responding to symptom workshop
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination for ongoing feedback and enhancement of clinical skills
Our classrooms in the real world
  • Teaching Pharmacies that are exclusive to HKU students
  • Semester-based Experiential Learning
  • Enrichment Module (Bachelor of Pharmacy)
  • Capstone Projects (Master of Advanced Pharmacy)
  • Practicum in Clinical Practice, Community Health, and Pharmaceutical Medicine (MAP)
Teachers with dual expertise in pharmacy practice and higher education
  • Teaching staff practicing and teaching on-site
  • Practicing pharmacists of different expertise actively contributes to teaching, course development and assessment


By bringing the real world into classrooms, building classrooms in the real world, we offer students an unparalleled advantage with early exposure to healthcare practice and work settings throughout the learning journey:

  • Connecting the classroom learning to real-world application of knowledge;
  • Developing professional identity and qualities, such as person-centred care, teamwork, ethics and commitment to lifelong learning;
  • Acquiring soft skills which are highly transferrable for successful transition to different career paths in healthcare sector;
  • Gaining perspectives of the latest development in the field; and,
  • Building professional network for future career success.