UCL School of Pharmacy


Research Department of Practice and Policy

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The Research Department of Practice and Policy (DPP) 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 and social science researchers who have a wide network of associations with other academic disciplines.

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Practice and Policy staff are involved in curriculum development and teaching across all four years of the MPharm course. In addition, we have one of the largest professional postgraduate pharmacy programmes in Europe. Our student body includes the Joint Programme Board foundation training practitioners, Erasmus students, international pharmacists studying for an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy International Practice and Policy, as well as 25 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.


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.

Our Department includes three research clusters:  Behavioural Medicine, which studies medicines-related behaviour and the psychosocial factors influencing the prescribing, taking and effects of medicines; Medicine Use, Systems and Practice cluster which includes the Centre for Paediatric Pharmacy Research (jointly with Great Ormond Street Hospital/Institute of Child Health), which studies all aspects of medicines for children and the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality (jointly with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust) and the Global workforce and education cluster, which is run out of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Collaborating Centre.

Honorary Appointments

  • Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope - Honorary Lecturer
  • Dr Monsey McLeod - Honorary Lecturer
  • Professor Nick Barber - Emeritus Professor
  • Professor David Taylor – Emeritus Professor

Contact Details

Our department is split on two sites, at Brunswick Square and at BMA House: Map of BMA House offices (PDF)