UCL Division of Biosciences


Research Department of Practice and Policy

The Research Department of Practice and Policy (RDPP) aims to improve health and wellbeing through teaching, research and consultancy, informing the best use of medicines and pharmacy

We are a diverse group of pharmacists, psychologists, pharmacoepidemiologists, statisticians and social science researchers who have a wide network of associations with other academic disciplines.

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Our global research programme focuses on medicines use, pharmaceutical health services, professional healthcare education and workforce.  It includes the study of patient perspectives of health, illness and treatment and how healthcare practice and policy can ensure the safe and effective use of medicines by individuals and society. 

In addition, we actively engage in pharmacy education research to support our teaching and learning innovations across all programmes.  We have a number of honorary appointments of key colleagues from the NHS and other pharmacy-elated organisations/institutions.

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Meet the Researchers in the Department

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Medicines Use and Optimisation

looking at providing new knowledge to make healthcare more efficient and sustainable by understanding and addressing the factors influencing medicines behaviour and the psychosocial and behavioural factors explaining variation in response to treatment.


Pharmacoepidemiology and Medication Safety

engaged in projects that aim to improve safety and benefit outcomes in the use of medicines. We recognise that medicines use should be viewed in the context of wider policy and health agendas. These contexts inform our research programme and the design and execution of individual projects. Our work informs and influences policies to improve professional practice and the use of medicines. 

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Become part of one of the largest and most active research environments for pharmacy research in the UK.



Become part of one of the largest and most active research environments for pharmacy research in the UK.



UCL has invested in the technology and infrastructure needed to foster outstanding research.

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Challenging the Narrative on Leadership in Gender Equity

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Optimising Behaviour

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Recent Papers


Staff are involved in curriculum development and teaching and assessment across all four years of the MPharm degree accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. We also have one of the largest professional postgraduate pharmacy programmes in Europe. Our postgraduate education offering include training practitioners who wish to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice or those taking the MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice with both being included within our wider Foundation Programme.  

We have a large cohort of overseas pharmacists studying for a unique clinical leadership programme as an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy International Practice and Policy, and finally, we enroll practitioners training to be Independent Prescribers on our Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course.  In addition, we currently have 22 PhD students and 7 postdoctoral fellows.  

In addition to our current undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, we are actively preparing for an innovative integrated five-year MPharm degree.  Outside the UK we are involved in leading the development of the pharmacy practice course and supporting staff at the New Giza University, Cairo.

Contact Details

Our department is split into two sites, at Brunswick Square and at BMA House.