M.Pharm. in Pharmaceutical Technology is a 2-year long postgraduate Pharmacy course. Pharmaceutical Technology is the application of scientific knowledge or technology to Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and the pharmaceutical industry. The course involves an advanced study of the concepts and processes of the methods, techniques, and instrumentation in the manufacture, preparation, compounding, dispensing, packaging, and storing of drugs and other preparations used in diagnostic and determinative procedures, and in the treatment of patients.
The course is divided across four semesters, is career-oriented in nature, and as a minimum criterion of eligibility for applying to the course, aspiring candidates need to have completed B.Pharm. from a recognized university.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Formulation Pharmaceutical Technology Scientist, Pharmaceutical Purchase Manager, Product Development Manager (Quality Assurance), Quality Assurance Manager, Pharmaceutical Subject Matter Executive, Sales Manager, Sales/Business Development Manager, Teacher/Lecturer, etc.
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 3000 and 1 Lakh for a span of 2 years. The average monthly starting salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 15,000 and 20,000 in India, increasing with the candidate’s skillset and experience in the field.
Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Examination Type||Semester System/ Year wise|
|Eligibility||B.Pharm. from a recognized institute|
|Admission Process||Based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam|
|Course Fee||INR 3,000 to 1 Lakh|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 10 lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Cipla, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Lupin, Aurobindo, Zyduscadila, Glenmark, Pharmaceuticals, Abott India, Biocon, Wockhardt, Medical Writing, Clinical Research Industries, Medical Colleges & Universities, Hospitals & Clinics, Pharmacovigilance, etc.|
|Job Positions||Formulation Pharmaceutical Technology Scientist, Pharmaceutical Purchase Manager, Product Development Manager (Quality Assurance), Quality Assurance Manager, Pharmaceutical Subject Matter Executive, Sales Manager, Sales/Business Development Manager, Teacher/Lecturer, Consultant Pharmacists, Clinical Pharmacist, Dispensary Manager, Dispensary Pharmacist, Community Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacist, Medicines Safety Manager, Medicines Management Technician, Pharmacy Assistant, Senior Clinical Pharmacists, etc.|
Pharmacy is concerned with the Health and Chemical Sciences, and enrolled students are trained to:
Pharmacy postgraduates are hired in pharmaceutical companies, Health and Welfare Provincial Research Council, Department of National Defense, health centers, educational institutes, Food and Drug Administration, hospitals, sales and marketing departments for pharmacy, and Drug Control Administration.
Listed below are the details of some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Fees|
|Institute of Chemical Technology||Mumbai, Maharashtra||INR 93,700|
|Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Manipal, Karnataka||INR 2,76,000|
|Bombay College of Pharmacy||Mumbai, Maharashtra||INR 1,31,000|
|JSS College of Pharmacy||The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu||INR 2,00,000|
|Indian Institute of Technology||Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh||INR 24,100|
|Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda||Baroda, Gujarat||INR 2,200|
|Birla Institute of Technology||Ranchi, Jharkhand||INR 1,87,000|
|Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University||Nagpur, Maharashtra||INR 17,696|
|JSS College of Pharmacy||Mysore, Karnataka||INR 2,00,000|
|Poona College of Pharmacy||Pune, Maharashtra||INR 1,10,000|
|Jamia Hamdard University||New Delhi, Delhi NCR||INR 1,35,000|
|Andhra University, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh||INR 40,000|
|Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya||Indore, Madhya Pradesh||INR 44,750|
|Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research||New Delhi, Delhi NCR||INR 23,680|
|Amrita School Of Pharmacy||Kochi, Kerala||INR 1,55,000|
|Amity University||Noida, Uttar Pradesh||INR 1,58,000|
|SRM University Kattankulathur Campus||Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu||INR 1,55,000|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth University||Pune, Maharashtra||INR 1,10,000|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth College Of Pharmacy||Kolhapur, Maharashtra||INR 63,350|
|College Of Pharmaceutical Sciences Mohuda||Ganjam, Orissa||INR 73,000|
Listed below are the minimum criteria of eligibility that interested candidates need to fulfill in order to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. Some even provide direct admission, based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.
However, mostly, admission to the course is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant institutional test and subsequent rounds of interview and counselling conducted by the concerned university/institute.
The round of counseling comprises 2 additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is tested. A merit list is then released by the institute, allocating seats to the qualifying candidates
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Methods in Drug Evaluation||Research Methodology|
|Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics||Novel Drug Delivery Systems II|
|Novel Drug Delivery Systems I||Pharmaceutical Product Development|
|Quality Assurance, GMP & Process Validation||Pharmaceutical Production Management & Technology|
|-||Dissertation part I|
|Drug Regulatory Affairs & Intellectual Property Rights||Dissertation Part III|
|Dissertation Part II||Industrial Training|
Qualified Pharmaceutical Technologists can find lucrative employment opportunities in areas such as drug stores, healing facilities, psychiatric clinics, and administrative offices, retail units of pharmaceuticals, etc.
Listed below are some of the popular job avenues open to such postgraduates, along with the corresponding job duties and the corresponding salaries associated with each role.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Pharmacy Assistant||Pharmacy Assistants handle money matters, manage cash exchanges, telephone calls, and perform such other administrative work in the pharmacy. They help authorized Drug Specialists with prescribing and selling medicines to patients in retail pharmacy drugstores.||6,20,000|
|Pharmacist||Pharmacist prepare medicines based on doctors’ prescriptions, and suggest medications for conditions based on observation of symptoms.||8,30,000|
|Consultant Pharmacist||Consultant Pharmacists are Drug Specialists who acts as advisors in terms of providing guidance on the use of pharmaceuticals or on the arrangement of pharmacy services for therapeutic foundations, restorative practices, and individual patients.||5,95,000|
|Product Development Manager||Sales Development Managers identify potential customers, pitch products to new customers and maintain relationship with existing ones. They work on customer feedbacks and work to promote the organization and its products among customers.||7,40,000|
|Clinical Pharmacists||Clinical Pharmacists work specifically with doctors, other wellbeing experts, and patients to guarantee that the prescriptions endorsed for patients effect the most ideal wellbeing results.||5,80,000|