M-Pharmacy (Master of Pharmacy)

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 Master of Pharmacy

The Master of Pharmacy program is popularly known as M Pharm in India.

M.Pharmacy is a two years course available in various specializations offered by universities and colleges. This is the post graduate qualification and required to do PhD in India

Who is eligible to join this course?


  • B.Pharmacy pass candidate (from PCI approved college) and/or
  • Qualified in national level entrance exam, GPAT and/or
  • University level or college level entrance test and/or
  • Interview.

How can i admit in to the course


  • Counseling - free seats to merit candidates, self finance
  • QIP (Quality Improvement Program)
  • Spot admission, NRI quota
  • Reservations based on caste/ local vs non-local reservations/ special reservations like Physically Handicapped, Sports, NSS, Ex-serviceman etc.

In addition to counseling the B.Pharm graduates with GPAT valid rank can apply to other colleges based on their notification in news papers or websites,
GPAT is the national level exam for B.Pharm graduates to join M.Pharm course in India. Earlier pharmacy paper was conducted along with engineering subjects in GATE, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. GATE was conducted every year on 2nd Sunday of February by one of the IIT, Indian Institute of Technology as organizing body. It is a prestigious exam and M.Pharmacy admissions were also made highly based on All India GATE ranks. Based on those GATE ranks stipends were also issued by the funding agencies like UGC, AICTE etc. But recently pharmacy paper was terminated from GATE in 2010 and hence a separate national level entrance test was conducted for pharmacy under the name GPAT, Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test for the first time in 2010. The organizing body was MS University of Baroda. Now all the admissions were taking GPAT as the criteria in the place of GATE.
Some universities or colleges give admissions purely basing on GPAT rank.
Some states conduct state level entrance tests like PGECET, KCET etc. and give admissions based on GPAT rank and state level rank.
Even though a national level entrance test is being conducted most of the universities and colleges conduct their own entrance test and give admission in to M.Pharm based on both GPAT rank and university/college level entrance test. For ex. 70% weightage to GPAT rank and 30% weightage to local test.
Even some colleges fill M.Pharm seats based on B.Pharm marks.
M.Pharm (part-time) eligibility: Graduation in Pharmacy with minimum 2 yrs of work experience (Supervisory / Executive) in Pharma industry.

M.S (Pharmacy) eligibility: B.Pharm pass or M.Sc (relevant subject) pass or BVSc or MBBS
Pharma MBA eligibility: B.Pharm pass or B.Tech chem. engg. pass or M.Sc chem.sci./life sci. pass

Admission through Quality Improvement Programme (QIP):
www.qippharm.com http://www.ijperonline.com/april_june_2010/quality_improvement_programme.pdf

Eligibility conditions:
M.Pharm. Programme

  • First Class Degree (60% in aggregate wherever class is not awarded) in Pharmacy from a recognized Institution / University
  • A minimum of two years teaching experience as full-time regular/ permanent faculty of AICTE approved Degree/ Diploma level Pharmacy institutions
  • A maximum of two candidates are selected from each institution per year, one in M.Pharm and one in Ph. D.
  • The candidate, if selected and admitted, should be on deputation and his/her normal salary and allowances are to be paid by the parent institution.
  • The candidate selected for admission under QIP will have to execute an undertaking to serve his/her parent institution for a minimum period of three years after completion of the programme.

M.Pharm. scholarship - Rs. 2,500/- per month
Contingency - Rs. 3,000/- per year

Admission under QIP is done based on interview conducted at Delhi Institute Of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research (DIPSAR), New Delhi.

Below things were given priority for admission into M.Pharm under QIP.
(1) Percentage of B. Pharm. Marks
(2) GATE Percentile
(3) Teaching Experience
(4) Professional Experience
(5) Short term courses attended
(6) Interview.

Pharmaceutics/ Pharmaceutical Technology (Formulations, Bulk drugs)/ Industrial Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical chemistry/ Medicinal chemistry
Quality assurance
Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Pharmaceutical Analysis
Hospital pharmacy
Clinical research/ Clinical pharmacy
Pharmaceutical management/ Pharma MBA
Pharmaceutical administration
Pharmaceutical marketing
Drug Regulatory Affairs
Pharmacy Practice
Herbal drug technology
General pharmacy
Phytopharmacy and Phytomedicine

Special PG courses:
M.Sc (Pharmacy)

  • M.Sc Clinical Research

2 years program offered by Jamia Hamdard University.
Includes both theory and practical training in clinical research.
Syllabus: Principles and methods of clinical research, clinical trials, epidemiology, health economics, biostatistics and application of these principles to clinical research.

Candidates with at least 55% marks in aggregate, in any of the following released from a Jamia Hamdard recognized university

  • B.Pharm
  • B.Sc. Nursing
  • BOT, BPT, B.Sc. (Medical Lab Techniques)
  • B.Sc. with Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Zoology as one of the subjects.

Candidates with medicine, nursing and pharmacy qualification shall be given preference.

Based on merit in entrance test and /or interview conducted by Jamia Hamdard
Ref: http://www.jamiahamdard.edu/course_allied.asp#M.Sc. (Clinical Research)

  • M.Sc Applied Pharm. Analysis
  • M.Sc Applied Pharm. Microbiology
  • M.Sc Applied Pharm. Bioinformatics

2 year programs:
Offered by School of Pharmacy & Technology Management (SPTM) of SVKM's NMIMS University.


  • B.Sc/M.Sc with Chemistry/Microbiology or Biotechnology (as a major subject) or B.Pharm with a minimum of 55% marks.
  • Students with Pharmaceutical Industry experience shall be preferred

Admission: Based on the entrance test and interview conducted by the institute

Applied Pharm Analysis Subjects:
I Semester:
Dosage Forms and Quality control, Physical Pharmaceutical Approaches, Pharmaceutical Wet Analysis, Principles of Chemical Analysis, Drugs and Drug Action, Professional Communication,
II Semester:
Quality Control, Good Laboratory Practices and Laboratory Management, Spectral Analysis, Chromatography, Pharmaceutical Microbiological Analysis, Statistics & Biostatistics
III Semester:
Drug Regulatory Affairs and Intellectual Property Rights, Pharmacopoeial Testing, Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis, Approaches to Analytical Method
Elective: Structural Elucidation/ Clinical Studies/ Trouble Shooting in Instrumental Analysis.
IV Semester:
Project work

Applied Pharm Microbiology Subjects:
I Semester:
Dosage Forms and Quality control, Physical Pharmaceutical Approaches, Pharmaceutical Wet Analysis, Principles of Chemical Analysis, Introduction to Pharmaceutical
Microbiology, Professional Communication
II Semester:
Pharmaceutical Analysis (Instrumentation
& Analytical Techniques), Human Body & Drug Effect, Medicinal Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Sterile Products
III Semester:
Drug Regulatory Affairs and Intellectual
Property Rights, Advanced Microbial Techniques &
Biostatistics, Biological Products, Industrial Microbiology
Elective: Microbial Approaches to Dosage form and Drug Excipients/ Formulation Studies/ Tissue Culture/ Enzyme Technology
IV Semester:
Project work

Applied Pharm Bioinformatics Subjects:
I Semester:
Mathematical and Statistical Techniques, Computer Programming, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Biochemistry, Basic Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics, Systems Biology, Principles of Human Physiology
II Semester:
Biocomputing, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics, Biomacromolecular Analysis, Database System, Drug Effect on Human Body - I
III Semester:
Drug Regulatory Affairs & Quality System, Drug Effect on Human Body - II, Chemical Information System, Drug Design Concepts, Drug Screening Methologies
Elective: Pharmacogenomics/ Molecular Modeling/ Drug Metabolomics
IV Semester:
Project work

Ref. http://www.nmims.edu/academic-program-detail.php?type=M.Sc.&programs=Applied%20Pharmaceutical%20Sciences
M.S (Pharmacy)

  • Pharmaceutics/ Industrial pharmaceutics
  • Pharmaceutical analysis
  • Pharmaceutical analysis and quality control
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Natural products
  • Traditional medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacoinformatics

Master of Public Health

MBA-Masters Diploma in Business Administration [Pharmaceutical Business Management]
Compulsory subjects
CT 26 Principles of Management
CT 73 Managing Men
CT 74 Accounts and finance for Managers
Optional Subject (select any one)
CT 31 Business Environment
*Award : Diploma in Management
Compulsory subjects
CT 19 Production and Operations Management
CT 33 Marketing Management
CT 71 Managerial Economics
Optional Subject (select any one)
CT 10 Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship
CT 20 Quantitative Techniques for Managers
*Award : Executive Diploma in Management
Compulsory subjects
CT 36 Consumer Behaviour
CT 37 Brand Management
CT 45 Pharma Distribution Management
CT 47 Pharma Product Management
Optional Subject (select any one)
CT 32 Marketing Research
CT 48 Paradyme in Pharmaceutical industry
*Award : PG Diploma in Pharma Management
Compulsory subjects
CT 17 Business Communication
CT 28 Project Management
CT 29 Business Laws
Optional Subject (select any one)
CT 38 Corporate Governance and Business Ethics
CT 15 Research Methodology
CT 50 Project Work
*Award : MBA (Pharma Business Management)
(MBA)Masters Diploma in Business Administration (Pharma Business Management)
Duration: 2 Years,
Eligibility: Any Degree
Ref. http://www.iict.in/mbapharma.htm#pharma

MBA - Pharmaceutical (Pharmaceutical Marketing)
Two years full time residential
A graduate from any statutory university with a minimum of 50% (45% for SC / ST) marks at graduation level. Candidates passing degree examination by part time/ correspondence course or in one sitting are not eligible.
Students appearing for their final year can apply but their admission will be subject to obtaining the minimum required marks. A candidate is eligible to apply to one category only.
Based of IMI Test + GD +Interview.
M.Pharm (Part Time)

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Offered by School of Pharmacy & Technology Management (SPTM) of SVKM's NMIMS University.

How long is the course ?

Four semesters (Two years)

What is the syllabus for this course.

Subjects covered:
In 3rd and 4th semesters there will be comprehensive viva and project work. Project work can be done in college/ university itself or the students are sent to industries for project work.
Modern analytical techniques and/or Biostatistics and/or Computer applications and/or Regulatory affairs subjects are common subjects for all specializations in M.Pharmacy.
Almost all the subjects will have practical also. In some universities/ institutes there are elective subjects also.

Common subjects:

Pharmaceutics/ Pharmaceutical Technology (Formulations, Bulk drugs)/ Industrial Pharmacy
Product Development and Quality Assurance, Industrial Pharmacy and Packaging Technology, Advances in Drug Delivery Systems, Advanced Physical Pharmacy, Advanced Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Cosmeticology,

Pharmaceutical Chemistry/ Medicinal Chemistry
Drug Design Including Organic Name Reactions, Chemistry Of Natural Products, Medicinal Chemistry, Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Drug Discovery, Stereo Chemistry of drugs and Mechanism of Reactions and Chemoinformatics

Quality Assurance
Quality Management, Product Development and Packaging, Biological Evaluation and Validation, Quality Assurance & Management,

General Pharmacology, Basic Principles of Drug Therapy and Clinical Pharmacology, Recent advances and emerging Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Pharmacological methods and Toxicology, Screening methods in Pharmacology, Preclinical Evaluation of Drugs, Clinical Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics & Drug metabolism

Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Advances in Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry & Biogenesis, Cultivation & Standardization of medicinal plants, Nutraceuticals,Natural Products, Herbal Drug Formulation & Standardization,

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Genetics, Proteomics, Immobilization, Enzymes, Recombinant DNA technology, Immunology, Tissue culture, Vaccines, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology,Bioprocess Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Downstream Processes and Product Analysis

Pharmaceutical Analysis
Stability of Drugs and Drug Products, Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals, Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-I, Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis-II, Phyto-pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmaceuticals management/ Pharma MBA
Organizational Behaviour & Management Process, Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, Financial and Management, Accounting, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Business Communication, Financial Management, Operations Management, Management Information System, Business Research Methods etc.

Pharmaceutical administration
Principles and Practice of Management, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Disease Management, Regulatory Environment and Intellectual Property Rights, Managerial Economics and Financial Management, Marketing Research, Human Resource Development and Auditing

Pharmaceutical marketing
Principles and Practice of Management, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Disease Management, Sales and Advertisement Management, International Marketing, Marketing Research, Industrial Marketing

Drug Regulatory Affairs
Drug Regulatory Affairs: Drugs & Cosmetics Act, Indian Patents and Designs Act, US FDA regulations, NDA, INDA, ANDA, Clinical Trials, European regulations, Environmental Protection Act, Consumer Protection Act, ICH guidelines, WHO guidelines, Pharmacovigilance

Pharmacy Practice/ Clinical research/ Clinical pharmacy/ Hospital pharmacy
Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Drug store Management, Community Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice and Toxicology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapy, Applied Pharmacotherapeutics - I, Applied Pharmacotherapeutics - II, Drug Discovery Development and Clinical Research, Clinical Skills Development, Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Management

Phytopharmacy and Phytomedicine
Advanced pharmacognosy, Herbal drug development and Standardization, Indian system of medicines.

Biopharmaceutics, Novel Drug Delivery Systems, Pharmacokinetics, elective subject

What can i do after my Mater of pharmacy ? What are all job oppertunities available after this course ?

All opportunities of a B.Pharmacy graduate are also available for M.Pharmacy candidate.

  • Academics
  • Industry
  • Higher studies


  • Teacher for B.Pharm students (in private or Govt. college/university)
  • Teacher for M.Pharm students (up on experience) (in private or Govt. college/university)
  • Teacher for Pharm.D students
  • GPAT coaching/ ECET coaching


  • Formulation R & D
  • Analytical R & D
  • Bulk R & D
  • Production
  • Production Management
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Regulatory Affairs
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Packaging development
  • Clinical Research
  • Contract Research Organization
  • Product Management
  • Bio-Informatics
  • Medical Transcription
  • Consultancy
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Business development
  • Outlicensing

And also in the industries related to Biologics, Cosmetics, Aurvedics, Unani medicines, Veterinary medicines, Nutraceuticals, Surgicals etc.
In pharmaceutical industry again the area of dosage form into which you are entering is important like solid dosage forms or liquids orals or Parenterals or semisolids etc. In every area all the above departments are available and job opportunities too.
In Research and Development department, various cadres can be achieved by M.Pharm candidates like trainee, team leader, head of department, Manager etc.

Formulation R & D
Formulation R & D is the area where design of dosage form and preformulation studies are undergone. This is one of the best opportunities for a M.Pharm Pharmaceutics professional. Generally companies recruit candidates in this area by campus interviews and the starting salary ranges from Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 20,000/-.

Analytical R & D
For a M.Pharm Analysis candidate this is the best choice for rapid growth. In this area analytical method development for various new drugs and existing drugs is a challenging job. M.Sc analytical chemistry people compete with the Pharmacy people.

Bulk R & D
Industry is of two types namely Formulation industry and Bulk industry. For an M.Pharm medicinal chemistry person, Bulk R & D is a good avenue. Here M.Sc organic chemistry people give a tough competition.

The most man power requiring zone in a company is Manufacturing or Production department. Here various designations that can be maintained by a M.Pharm candidate includes Production chemist, officer, executive, asst. manager, manager, head etc. Scheduling, Planning of master formulae, product delivery in co-ordination with other managements departments is the job of a superior in this division.

Production Management
This is a critical area where all the aspects related to raw material, machinery, man power and supply without comprising company policies like quality.

Quality Control
The work responsibilities range from sampling and testing the raw materials to that of finished goods and packaged goods. Knowledge of handling analytical equipment is given most priority.

Quality Assurance
This department keeps an eye on the overall maintenance of quality in the product by taking care of all the departments in the company. Their job is to ensure quality stating from raw material procurement till the product marketing. They are key persons in Quality Management System whose responsibility is to fulfill the quality principles of the company. These professionals are one of the highly paid employees.

Intellectual Property Rights and Regulatory Affairs
As we know India is a hub for Generic drug market and also R & D is in uplifting position. Based on these factors, the two departments IPR and RA became very pivotal for a Pharma industry. The IPR people responsibility is to do patent search, patent expiry alerts, copyright issues, trademark issues etc.
Whereas Regulatory Affairs is first of its kind in linking the company with external affairs both activities wise and business wise. Takes care about national and international regulatory requirements for getting approvals (e.g., US FDA) to export the drugs and to run the activities by following guidelines of GMP, GLP, ICH, WHO, NDA, ANDA etc. Deals with all legal activities related to drug production and marketing.

Sales and Marketing
The success of a company lies in the success of sales and marketing. Here the pay scales are high. Hike in this area is very speed if the person has business skills. Generally D.Pharm candidates, Pharma graduates and ordinary degree candidates compete in this area compared to a M.Pharm candidate. Medical representatives are the persons who make the product moves from manufactured area to the destiny of patients via physicians and distributors. Here again various divisions as per the category of drugs are present.

Packaging development
In these modern producing fake is not a mater and hence identity for a product is of prime concern and hence packaging development department gained lot of scope in Pharma industries.

Clinical Research
Clinical trial data management, Bioavailability & Bioequivalence studies, Pharmacokinetic & Toxicological studies are the various divisions of this area. The designations include Clinical trials coordinator, clinical research monitor, analyst, associate, manager etc.

Contract Research Organization
These days many companies are depending on outsourcing phenomenon to avoid time waste and to reduce the risk in some sensitive issues. Various things like product development, analytical method development, lead molecule identification, bioequivalence studies, clinical data management etc. are dealt in these contract research organizations. Now-a-days so many CRO's were built in India and job opportunities are plenty.

Product Management
Market survey regarding the success of product is very important and hence a Pharma professional with MBA background is useful in this division. Based on the targets and market strategies these professionals can deal with R & D department for further improvement of the product.

This is the advanced area where insilico/ computer aided drug design became a major task. Simulation of the models with basic principles using various softwares is the task. Studies to a depth of gene level are possible with this division.

Medical Transcription
It is an allied health profession which involves once again computer related job converting the recorded data to electronic data. Recently this field got importance due to more demand for patient medical history.

Trouble shooting in companies sometimes results in lot of money waste and time too. To avoid these companies are depending on skilled professional by paying them to save valuable time. Hence consultancies are leading the market.

It is again a new area which involves assessment of adverse effects of drugs on humans. It is supported by WHO and Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). In India National Pharmacovigilance Program was officially started in 2004 and then the patient care was given utmost importance.

Business development
This is a special department in company to improve the business activities. Their job is to check for needs of the public/market and plans for developing a new product or launching a new product or coordinates with R & D department for catering the market needs and growth of industry.

It depends on the economical status of the company. That means if a company has started developing a molecule and in the middle if it feels it is very expensive to develop that, then the company can give outlicensing to a multinational company such that further development can be done by the latter. For this the former company will be paid a demanded amount.

Higher studies:
Ph.D. in India and Abroad.

Approvals required:
Respective University, AICTE, UGC and PCI

What is the expected salary after M.pharm ?

Depends on the area of work, entry into the job (campus interview or individual) and caliber of the individual. Generally it ranges from Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 20,000/-

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