M.Pharm. in Pharmacy Practice is a 2-year postgraduate Pharmacy course. The course has been designed to offer instruction in concepts and processes of technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in hospitals and retail settings under supervision of Registered Pharmacist.
As a minimum criterion of eligibility for applying to the course, aspiring need to have completed B.Pharm. from a recognized university.
Such postgraduates are hired in capacities such as Lecturer, Professor, Executive Search Trainee, Pharmacist, Pharmacy In-charge, Pharmacy Executive, Quality Control Consultant, Medical Marketing Executive/Manager, Branch Manager/Regional Manager, Sales Development Manager, Medical Writer, 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 10,000 and 18,000 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/ Yearly|
|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. Reddys Laboratories, Lupin, Aurobindo, Zyduscadila, Glenmark, Pharmaceuticals, Abott India, Biocon, Wockhardt, Medical Writing, Clinical Research Industries, Medical Colleges & Universities, Hospitals & Clinics, Pharmacovigilance, etc.|
|Job Positions||Lecturer, Professor, Executive Search Trainee, Pharmacist, Pharmacy In-charge, Pharmacy Executive, Quality Control Consultant, Medical Marketing Executive/Manager, Branch Manager/Regional Manager, Sales Development Manager, Medical Writer, etc.|
Pharmacy is concerned with health and chemical sciences, manufacturing, and quality control of drugs. Students enrolled to the course are taught to make effective and safe use of pharmaceutical products, and to effectively dispense and prepare medicines and drugs. They 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 department for pharmacy, and drug control administration.
Listed below are 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.
|UV-Visible Spectroscopy||Cardiovascular System|
|Flame Emission Spectroscopy and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy||Respiratory system|
|Infrared Spectrophotometry||Hematological diseases|
|Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy||Immunology|
|Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy||Endocrine system|
|Mass Spectroscopy||Nervous system|
|X-RAY Diffraction Methods||Psychiatric disorders|
|Optical Rotary Dispersion||Psychiatric disorders|
|Thermal Methods of Analysis||Bone and joint Disorders|
|Chromatographic Techniques||Infectious diseases|
|Electrophoresis||Skin and sexually transmitted diseases|
|Radio Immune Assay||Oncology|
|Community Pharmacy||Pain management|
|Communication skills||Introduction to Clinical Pharmacy|
|Hospital Pharmacy||Patient Data Analysis|
|Pharmacoepidemiology||Drugs & Poisons Information|
|Pharmacoeconomics||Daily Activities of Clinical Pharmacists|
|Public Health Policy and Health Care System||Nutrition|
|Concept of Rational Use of Drugs||Research Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials|
|Evidence Based Medicine||Clinical Pharmacokinetics|
|Education and Training||Clinical Application of Statistical Analysis|
|Medication Error and Medication Adherence||-|
Upon successful completion of the course, such postgraduates work at government hospitals, private medical shops, private hospitals/clinics, or may pursue consulting or private practice. They work in departments such as quality control, manufacturing, packing marketing, production management, area management, 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|
|Professor||Professors teach undergraduate/graduate students in their area of expertise, and assess students for academic performances.||5,60,000|
|Pharmacist||Pharmacists prepare medications by reviewing and interpreting physicians’ orders, detecting therapeutic incompatibilities. They dispense drugs/medicines by classifying, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals, and control their usage by monitoring drug therapies, through medical intervention/advice.||8,30,000|
|Medical Marketing Executives||Medical Marketing Executives work with different representatives for promoting, statistically surveying, and creating staff.||5,06,000|
|Sales 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|
|Medical Writer||A Medical Writer is typically expert at readying reports for survey by government organizations. They must be aware of the constant evolutions and advancements in the field of medicine.||4,80,000|