UCL School of Pharmacy


Director's Welcome

Read the Director's Welcome to the UCL School of Pharmacy website.

Welcome to the UCL School of Pharmacy website, which we hope will provide an informative and attractive window to our teaching, research and engagement activities. 


Our School was founded in 1842 as the original educational institute of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Since that time, the ‘Square’, as it is affectionately known, has played a leading role in pharmacy education and professional activity. 

More about our history 

In January 2012, we became a member of University College London and are delighted to be vigorously exploring the multiple opportunities for collaboration and cooperation that are now available to us. 

I joined UCL School of Pharmacy in 2017 having worked and studied at 5 other UK Schools of Pharmacy. While at KCL I collaborated with the post graduate clinical diploma team and also the colleagues undertaking research in medication safety here at UCL. I am aware of the commitment and quality that has always been associated with the School and I’m pleased to have a role in enhancing this further. 

We look forward to an extremely bright future, not least because of our new MPharm degree, which we fully believe meets all the requirements of modern pharmacy education and adds numerous innovations to the student experience and learning process. 

High scores 

We are particularly proud of our consistently high scores in research assessment exercises and the excellent quality of our graduates at all levels, many of whom are now professional, research and educational leaders worldwide. The UCL School of Pharmacy has been ranked within the top 10 in the world for the subject area in the two major international ranking tables, coming 4th in the QS Rankings (Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2023) as well as 3rd in the Shanghai Ranking (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science 2022). These tables reflect a range of attributes including research excellence and reputation, hence we are delighted that UCL School of Pharmacy has been ranked so highly but also wish to congratulate the other excellent schools that have made the top ten in either or both lists this year. 

Further information about our departments can be found here: Departments of the UCL School of Pharmacy, and you can discover more about our Research clusters in our dedicated Research page. You may also read more about us in our Mission Statement

We hope that you will find all the information you need on the website, but if not do not hesitate to get in contact with us and we will be happy to direct you to the appropriate person or information source. 

Professor Cate Whittlesea

Director of the UCL School of Pharmacy