B. Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a 4-year full-time undergraduate course which is divided into 8 semesters. A chemist may be a synthetic organic chemist, natural product chemist, bioorganic chemist, physical organic chemist, computational chemist, organometallic chemist, or a material chemist etc., among a host of super specializations.
The discipline is founded on concepts of pharmaceutical analyses. The course’s curriculum includes both theoretical and laboratory sessions of study. The field of pharmaceutical analysis is a dynamic one.
Students are taught classical and modern analytical techniques including the application of sophisticated instruments like GC, HPLC, NMR, GC-MS, and LC-MS etc. for drugs, pharmaceuticals, and others.
Enrolled students are imparted advanced lessons in various aspects of drug design, testing, development, safe and effective use of drugs/medicines, and drug delivery systems. The course involves an inter-disciplinary study, including biology, engineering, and technological concepts, as applied for development of processes and techniques for procuring, designing, and evaluating various kinds of drugs and drug delivery systems.
The Indian institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:
Some of the top entrance tests conducted for admission to the course in India are:
The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing the course is a 10+2 or equivalent qualification in the Science stream from a recognized educational Board.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, or merit obtained in the last qualifying exam.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 to 2 Lacs for a span of 4 years.
Successful graduates of the course can expect anything between INR 2 to 20 lacs as annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skillset.
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Under Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2, with a minimum aggregate score of 50%.|
|Admission Process||GPAT, WMJEE, CET, IPU CET, BVP, MHT CET, etc.|
|Top recruiting organizations||Cipla, Abbott India, Sun pharmaceuticals, Biocon, Glaxo Smith Kline India, and such.|
|Top recruiting areas||Hospitals and Clinics (Government and Private), State wise Drugs and Pharmaceutical Boards, Medical Shop chains (the likes of Apollo Pharmacy), and suchlike.|
|Top job profiles||Manager Biostatistician, Pharmaceutical Technologist, Business Analyst, among others.|
|Course Fee||INR 60,000 to 8 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 1 to 10 lacs|
Pharmaceutical chemistry is the study of drugs, and this involves drug development, drug delivery, discovery, metabolism, absorption, and such.
Elements of biomedical analysis, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and pharmacodynamics are also covered within the course’s syllabus. Pharmaceutical chemistry is usually lab-oriented. The study Pharmaceutical Chemistry involves analytical techniques, cures and remedies for disease, pharmacology, quality assurance, metabolism, and drug chemistry.
Aspiring pharmacy professionals are trained to perform discovery and development of safe and effective drugs/ medicines, through application of laboratory instruments for drug analysis.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a branch of practical chemistry that involves a series of processes for identification and purification of a substance, and separation of the components of a solution or mixture, and determination of structure of chemical compounds. This substance may be a single compound or a mixture of compounds, and it may be in any of the dosage forms.
Pharmaceuticals substances include animals, microorganisms, plants, minerals, and various synthetic products.
Areas of study covered in the course are:
Pharmaceutical Chemistry opens doors to gainful careers in biotechnology, drug development, research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and suchlike.
Some of the top colleges offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|Integral University||Lucknow||INR 4,80,000|
|Shoolini University||Solan||INR 3,80,000|
|NIMS Institute of Pharmacy||Jaipur||INR 2,60,000|
|Lovely Professional University||Delhi||INR 6,36,000|
|Sinhgad College of Pharmacy||Pune||INR 4,35,000|
|Dev Bhoomi Institute of Pharmacy and Research||Dehradun||INR 3,20,000|
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University||Jaipur||INR 2,80,000|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 6,36,000|
|PDM University||Bahadurgah||INR 4,54,000|
|Chandigarh Group of Colleges||Chandigarh||INR 3,15,000|
|SGT University||Gurgaon||INR 7,20,000|
|CT Group of Institutions||Jalandhar||INR 3,59,000|
|Suresh Gyan Vihar University||Jaipur||INR 3,08,000|
|Maharishi Markandeshwar University||Ambala||INR 3,37,000|
|M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences||Bangalore||INR 5,52,000|
|Amity University||Lucknow||INR 6,03,000|
|Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Pharmacy||Pune||INR 85,000|
|Apeejay Stya University||Gurgaon||INR 5,72,000|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.
Listed below are some of the top entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II|
|Organic Chemistry-I||Organic Chemistry-II|
|Pharmaceutical Engineering-I||Pharmaceutical Engineering-II|
|Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology-I||Physical Pharmacy- I|
|Pharmaceutical Chemistry –I||Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology-II|
|-||Assignments in Pharmaceutical Engineering|
|SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Organic Chemistry-III||Organic Chemistry-IV|
|Pharmaceutics- III||Pharmacology- I|
|Physical Pharmacy- II||Biochemistry - II|
|Biochemistry -I||Pharmaceutical Analysis-II|
|Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology-III||Pharmaceutical Medicinal Chemistry – II|
|Psychology and Sociology Hospital Pharmacy & Drug Store Management||Dispensing Pharmacy Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology-IV|
|Assignments (Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology-III)||Assignments (Organic Chemistry)|
|SEMESTER V||SEMESTER VI|
|Pharmaceutics- IV||Pharmaceutics- V|
|Pharmacology- II||Pharmacology- III|
|Pharmaceutical Chemistry – III||Pharmaceutical Analysis-IV|
|Pharmaceutical Analysis-III||Pharmaceutical Medicinal Chemistry – IV|
|Pharmaceutical Management-II||Assignments (Pharmaceutical Analysis)|
|Cosmetics Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Assignments (Biochemistry)||-|
|SEMESTER VII||SEMESTER VIII|
|Pharmaceutics – VI|
|Pharmacology- IV||Pharmaceutics – VII|
|Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry – V||Pharmaceutical Medicinal Chemistry – VI|
|Pharmaceutical Analysis-V||Clinical Pharmacy and Drug Interactions Assignments (Pharmaceutics)|
|Bio pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Assignments (Medicinal Chemistry)||Assignments (Pharmacology)|
|Assignments (Bio pharmaceutics)||Assignments (Pharmacognosy)|
Such professionals work across government hospitals, private hospitals/clinics, private medical shops, or even private consultancies.
Popular areas of employment include quality control, manufacturing, production, packing marketing, and pharmaceutical management & marketing, in capacities such as:
Some of the top professional positions open to such graduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Manager Biostatistician||Biostatistician Managers may spend most of their time working with one or more teams of statisticians. They hire new workers and assign them to different teams.||INR 10,00,000|
|Pharmaceutical Technologist||Pharmaceutical Technologists produce pharmaceutical components and products by setting-up and maintaining equipment following operating and aseptic procedures, and cleaning and documenting actions.||INR 8,00,000|
|Lecturer||Lecturers conduct seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, and field work in the subject of specialization.||INR 3,10,000|
|Packaging Development Officer||Packaging Development Officers design and implement packaging designs that are an integral part of the organization’s product development process. They may review and improve existing packaging designs.||INR 3,00,000|