PhD in Pharmacy

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Doctor of Philosophy is a most respectable qualification offered to a candidate with suitable knowledge and contribution in a specific research field.
Ph.D. in Pharmacy is offered under various specializations like:
  • Pharmaceutics,
  • Pharmacology,
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry,
  • Pharmacognosy,
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis,
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology,
  • Regulatory Affairs,
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical management

Ph.D. is not under the control of PCI. It depends on the guidelines provided by individual universities/ institutes. University/institute frames the regulations to in order to get eligibility to act as supervisor and how many students are to be under each supervisor. University regulations are to be compromised with UGC (University Grants Commission). University/ institute has to publish its regulations in their website or advertisement informing about number of seats available, admission criteria, instructions for admission etc. Generally admissions are done annually or based on the vacancy in that university/ institute.
Admission criterion for Ph.D. registration varies from university to university. Minimum eligibility criterion is post graduation in pharmacy (M.Pharmacy) and a supervisor is compulsory. Specialization in Ph.D. programme depends on the specialization in M.Pharm however based on the regulations of university/institute interdisciplinary admissions can also be permitted.
Additional requirements for admission into Ph.D. may include:

  • G-PAT qualified/ valid G-PAT score/ GATE qualified candidates are given preference (or)
  • UGC/ CSIR (JRF)/ NET/ SLET/ Teacher fellowship qualified (or)
  • QIP (Quality Improvement Program) (or)
  • Passed the entrance test/ interview/ both (or)
  • CGPA/ Percentage of marks in M.Pharm (or)
  • With an internal supervisor (or)
  • Reservations based on caste/ local vs non-local reservations/ special reservations like Physically Handicapped, Sports, NSS, Ex-serviceman etc.
  • All the above criteria.

NOTE: Some institutes offer Ph.D. even for a graduate with exceptional abilities, valuable contributions to the field and/or with 15 years experience in related area.

Admission through Quality Improvement Programme (QIP):
Eligibility conditions:

  • First Class Degree (60% in aggregate wherever class is not awarded) at Master's Level in the appropriate branch of specialization in Pharmacy from a recognized Institution / University
  • A minimum of three-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.

Ph.D. scholarship - Rs. 6,000/- per month
Contingency - Rs. 10,000/- per annum.
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 Ph.D. under QIP.
(1) Percentage of B. Pharm. Marks
(2) Percentage of M. Pharm. Marks
(3) GATE Percentile
(4) Teaching Experience
(5) Research publications in referred journals
(6) No. of presentations in national level(IPC,IPS or APTI)
(7) No. of Patents in the credit
(8) Professional Experience
(9) Short term courses attended
(10) Interview

Categories of admission:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Extramural

General sequence for getting Ph.D. involves:

    • Applying to the university/ institute as per the notification by submitting the details asked like work proposal, photocopies of qualified exam certificates, supervisor details etc.,
    • Getting Registered for Ph.D. under full-time/part-time/extramural category (based on the guidelines of respective university like passing entrance exam, facing interview, satisfying the admission requirements etc.),
    • Passing pre-Ph.D. exam (if any, as being conducted by some universities),
    • Satisfying the respective university regulations like literature review, research review meetings, publications, presentations etc.,
    • Satisfying the supervisor targets for research work,
    • Payment of university fee's,
    • Completion of Ph.D. research work,
    • Compilation of work,
    • Submission of thesis to university,
    • Evaluation of thesis by minimum two national or international evaluators or both as per regulations of respective university, (at least one evaluator should be from outside state; if university wants one may be from out side country)
    • Proceeding for viva-voce or asking for modification or rejection of the work - based on the reports given by evaluators,
    • Successful completion of work presentation and viva-voce,
    • Awarding of Ph.D.

Full-time admitted candidates are eligible for applying to scholarships from recognized funding agencies like UGC/ CSIR/ ICMR/ DST or other agencies. As Ph.D. means research work, there is a range for its duration instead of rigid duration. Minimum duration of programme is 2 years with or without specific number of publications of their work in national/ international journals and with or without presentation of their work in national/ international conferences. Minimum duration can be reduced and pre-submission can be done if the requirements of the university were satisfied. Maximum duration of programme varies from university to university.
To get into part-time Ph.D. the M.Pharm candidate should have specific experience either in teaching or industry or in pharmacy practice.
Part-time admitted candidates can do their job and simultaneously proceed with their Ph.D. research work. Actually they are not eligible for scholarships and if they can get the scholarship their part-time Ph.D. gets converted to full-time admission however it all depends on the regulations of the university under which Ph.D. was registered. Minimum duration of programme is 3 years with or without specific number of publications of their work in national/ international journals and with or without presentation of their work in national/ international conferences. Minimum duration can be reduced and pre-submission can be done if the requirements of the university were satisfied. Maximum duration of programme varies from university to university.
Some universities ask for periodic review meetings or presentation of work before university panel.
Some universities may send the thesis for evaluation to two/more national or international evaluators or both, as suggested by the university panel or vice-chancellor.

Avenues for Ph.D. completed candidates:
After completion of Ph.D. there is bright future as plenty of avenues are available. They have opportunities in academic as well as industrial zones both private and Govt. sectors.
All opportunities of M.Pharmacy graduate are also available for a Ph.D. candidate.

  • Academics
  • Industries
  • Higher studies
  • Abroad

In academics they are eligible to teach M.Pharm also and to guide their M.Pharm project works.
In order to get approval from AICTE/PCI for running M.Pharm course, the teaching faculty should compulsorily be Ph.D. completed candidates.
To be a principal for Pharmacy College the candidate should be Ph.D. candidate and should have specified experience.

Ph.D. candidates are highly required for Research & Development division as scientist based on respective specialization like Formulation R&D, Analytical R&D etc.
As team leaders, head of various departments like Production, Quality control, Quality Assurance etc.

PDF (Post Doctorate Fellowship): These research fellowships are given to PhD. completed candidates. Admission is done based on interview and academic credentials. Applications are invited based on vacancy positions and research work.
PDF's are highly preferred in overseas.
Research Opportunities at CSIR Labs for Young Scientists as Senior Research Associates under Scientists' Pool Scheme in the area of Healthcare, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
Research work in various labs DST, DBT, DRDO, CSIR etc.
For more labs visit:

Ph.D. candidates will have good opportunities abroad both teaching wise, research wise and industry wise.

Starting salary may vary from Rs.25,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- based on the area of work, employer strategies, personal abilities/ caliber etc. More than this salary also, is not a surprise if demand is good. With adding experience a Ph.D. candidate will have bright future.

Various non-pharma prestigious institutes offering Ph.D. programme are:

  • NII, Delhi (National Institute of Immunology)
  • ICGEB, Delhi (International Center for Genetic Engg. and Biotechnology)
  • JNU, Delhi (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • IISc Bangalore (Indian Institute of Science)
  • CCMB, Hyderabad (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology)
  • CDFD, Hyderabad (Centre for DNA Finger printing and Diagnostic)
  • TFIR, Mumbai (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research)
  • AIIMS, Delhi (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) etc.

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Author: Eswar GsnkRao

I am serving as Asst.Professor at VNIP and working towards my Ph.D . I would love to help pharmacy students (Yes ! GPAT also) and share whats happening in Pharmacy Colleges world. You can ckeck my GPAT Quizzes (FREE to practice) and book chapter about Pharmacy Courses in India (and jobs after courses)

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