M.Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is a 2-year full-time postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for which is a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm.) degree, attained with a minimum aggregate score of 50%. The program is spread over 4 semesters with the final semester being based on projects, presentations, and dissertations.
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s meeting the minimum pre-set cut-off score in the relevant entrance test, and performance in the occasional subsequent round of interview.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Lab Technician, Export and Import Specialist, Business Development Executive, Research Associate, Quality Control Programs Executive, Marketing Executive Trainee, Customer Solutions Application Scientist, Team Leader, Laboratory Instructor in both government and corporate sectors. They are recruited in areas such as human health, pharmacy, animal health, food processing, animal husbandry, dairy, chemical and biochemical, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, besides universities, research institutes, etc.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 2,000 and 2 lacs per year, and the average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 2 and 10 lacs, increasing with the candidate’s expertise and experience.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course:
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||B.Pharm. Degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate|
|Admission Process||Based on performance in entrance test and occasionally, Personal Interview|
|Course Fee||INR 2,000 to 2 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Biotechnological products manufacturing companies, research & medical colleges or universities, community pharmacy, hospitals and clinics, healthcare consultancies, in both private and government sectors.|
|Job Positions||Scientist in the above-mentioned fields, Research Assistant/Scientist, Lab Technician, Export and Import Specialist, Business Development Executive, Research Associate, Quality Control Programs Executive, Marketing Executive Trainee, Customer Solutions Application Scientist, Team Leader, Laboratory Instructor, and such.|
M.Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology offers to eligible candidates an advanced study of hybridomas, along with biotech pharmaceutical drugs, pharmacogenomics, and pharmaceutical biotechnology products (such as antibodies, proteins, and recombinant DNA products).
The course combines the allied disciplines of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, to improve agricultural products, animal produce, industrial materials, and medicines through hybridization. The program offers intensive learning opportunities which include theoretical as well as practical understanding of contemporary Biology And Biotechnology.
The course, as a field of Applied Biology, imparts to eligible candidates advanced learning in macro and micro-organisms, the application of living organisms in bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine, and other fields which require bio-products. Enrolled candidates are prepared for employment opportunities in research, marketing, animal husbandry, agriculture, etc.
Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for M.Phil. or Ph.D. in the subject.
Tabulated below are the names and corresponding details of some of the top institutes offering the course in India:
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees Per Year|
|Amity University||Noida||INR 1.58 lacs|
|College of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Vishakhapatnam||INR 40,000|
|Saurahstra University||Rajkot||INR 1.10 lacs|
|University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Chandigarh||INR 22,000|
|Ganpat University||Mehsana||INR 1.25 lacs|
|Bharati College of Pharmacy||Mandya||INR 50,000|
|Vinayaka Missions College of Pharmacy||Salem||INR 1 lakh|
|National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research||Mohali||INR 44,390|
|Institute of Chemical Technology||Mumbai||INR 93,700|
|Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Manipal||INR 2.76 lacs|
|Bombay College of Pharmacy||Bombay||INR 1.31 lacs|
|JSS College of Pharmacy||The Nilgiris||INR 2 lacs|
|Indian Institute of Technology||Varanasi||INR 24,100|
Candidates wishing to apply for Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test followed by a round of Personal Interview. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
Some institutes in India also admit students based on the merit obtained at the level of graduation.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below:
|Recent Advances in Pharmacognosy||Animal Cell Culture and Immuno-technology|
|Evaluation of Drugs||Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Farming|
|Plant Tissue Culture Techniques||Industrial Pharmaceutical Biotechnology|
|Modern Analytical Techniques I||Pharmacoepidemology, Bioterrorism, and Pharmacovigilance|
|Drug Regulatory Affairs & Intellectual Property Rights||Modern Analytical Techniques II|
|Evaluation of Drugs Lab||Animal Cell Culture and Immunotechnology Lab|
|Plant Tissue Culture Techniques Lab||Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Farming Lab|
|Modern Analytical Techniques Lab I||Industrial Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Lab|
|Seminar I||Seminar II|
|Communication Skills I||Communication Skills II|
|Behavioral Science I||Behavioural Science II|
|Foreign Language I||Foreign Language II|
|Application of Genomics and Proteomics in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||Communication Skills III|
|Drug Discovery and Nanobiotechnology||Behavioral Science III|
|Pharmaco-informatics||Foreign Language III|
|Term Paper (Evaluation)||French|
|Major Project Protocols and Synopsis||Spanish|
|Project Protocol Presentation||Japanese|
|Term Paper I (Evaluation)||Chinese|
|Project Experimental and Dissertation Compilation||Major Project (Dissertation, Presentation)|
The course incorporates both theoretical and practical components of study in contemporary Biology and Biotechnology to prepare candidates for gainful employment in areas such as:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful postgraduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions:
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scales in INR|
|Research Assistant/Scientist||They are responsible for conducting researches and providing specialized pharmacy services for drug investigation and management.||2.4 lacs|
|Lab Technician||They collect samples, and study and perform tests on body fluids, biological specimens, chemical compounds, etc.||2.2 lacs|
|Laboratory Instructors||They are responsible for preparing materials required in the laboratories and for supervising health and safety aspects of laboratories for students.||1.8 lacs|
|Pharmacist||A Pharmacist is involved in preparing medications in accordance with the physician’s orders, and prescribe medications, and drugs, among others.||1.9 lacs|
|Quality Control Programs Executive||They are responsible for manually or visually inspecting products before, after, or during manufacturing processes, especially of food products.||2.3 lacs|
|Medical Coder||The job role involves working in clinics, hospitals, and physicians’ offices to calculate accurate reimbursement for healthcare or medical claims.||3.84 lacs|
|Project Manager||Pharmaceutical Project Managers are responsible for overseeing the complete development processes for new health treatments and medical equipment and for working with doctors and Clinical Researchers to develop safe and effective pharmaceuticals.||6 lacs|