UCL School of Pharmacy


Professor Duncan Craig

Director, UCL School of Pharmacy

Tel: 020 7753 5819


  • Chair in Drug Delivery
  • Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Education Advisory Board
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Expert Advisory Panel
  • Member of the Pharmacy Schools Council
  • Various committees within UCL including the Faculty of Life Sciences Executive, School of Life Sciences and Medicine Research Board, UCL Personalised Medicine Domain Committee

Research interests

  • Development of solid drug delivery systems using new technologies including hot melt extrusion and nanofabrication
  • Introduction of new physical analytical approaches into the pharmaceutical arena, with particular emphasis on thermal and imaging methods
  • Development of specialised delivery systems including taste masking and assessment , minitablets and microparticulate systems

Teaching interests

  • Development and introduction of new Technology Enhanced Learning methodologies
  • Design and delivery of lectures and workshops on formulation strategies for Year 1 MPharm
  • Co-coordinator of project module and module leader for Advancing Practice through Science in Year 4 MPharm
  • Contributing to Drug Delivery and Drug Discovery MSc courses

Current collaborations and partnerships

  • Internal (UCL) collaborations outside the School include Professor Mohan Edirisinghe (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Dr Richard Day (Division of Medicine), Dr Wenhui Song (Division of Surgery and Intervention Science)
  • Imode Project - read more at this dedicated page on the Imode Project.
  • International collaborations include AMPTEC (EU INTERREG cluster arising from the successful IDEA programme), plus collaborations in Brazil, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Australia Industrial collaborations include GlaxoSmithKline, Rosemont, Colorcon, Servier, Astra Zeneca and others


  • BPharm (Hons) University of Bath, 1984
  • PhD School of Pharmacy, University of London, 1989

Prof Duncan Craig


Director's Office
UCL School of Pharmacy
29-39 Brunswick Square


  • Professor of Drug Delivery /Director
    UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL


Research Themes

The interests of the group revolve around the linking of physical characterisation of drug delivery systems with development and performance.  In particular, Professor Craig’s group has specialised in introducing new analytical methods for the study of physical structure into the pharmaceutical arena, while simultaneously looking into new approaches for the development of delivery systems.  Such systems include solid dispersions of drugs in polymers for enhanced oral absorption, hot melt extruded systems, self-emulsifying systems and minitablets.  The techniques that have been developed include dielectric spectroscopy, modulated differential scanning calorimetry, micro- and nanothermal analysis, transition temperature microscopy and photothermal microspectroscopy.  The most recent work involves the development of electrospinning as a means of developing drug delivery approaches, the use of the electronic tongue to develop a predictive approach to taste masking and the development of nanocrystalline systems for enhanced oral delivery.

Professor Duncan Craig graduated with a BPharm (Hons) from the University of Bath in 1984 and, following pre-registration training at Upjohn Ltd and St Thomas' Hospital, went on to study for a PhD at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, on the topic of polymeric drug delivery systems. He subsequently joined the staff and rose to the position of Reader in 1999 but left to take up a chair at the Queen's University Belfast, where he stayed for four years before moving to the University of East Anglia to set up the new School of Pharmacy in 2003. The School went on to achieve top ranking in the national student survey for five years in a row and was consistently ranked within the top 3 UK pharmacy schools in the major league tables. He stepped down as Head of School in 2011 to work for the Vice-Chancellor's Office as Director of Internationalisation, charged with shaping the university's policy on international relations and collaborations.  In 2013 he returned to the School of Pharmacy, now part of UCL, to assume the position of Director of the newly merged School. Professor Craig has won numerous prizes including the GlaxoSmithKline International Achievement Award, the Controlled Release Society Young Investigator Award and the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Award.