M.Sc. Medical Pharmacology is a Postgraduate program in the domain of medical science with a specialization in the field of medicating action of pharmaceuticals and drugs on living cells and bodies. The minimum eligibility criterion which most of the institutes ask for is a score of at least 60% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) at graduation level.
Some of the popular institutes/universities that offer the course in India are listed below:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in Indian colleges/University ranges between INR 18,000 to 2 Lacs and depends upon the nature of college/institute (that is government, state/private/deemed) as well as its location.
Admissions to the course involve a Common Entrance Test (CET) based selection method as well as merit-based selection criterion that is the percentage of marks obtained at graduation level by the candidate. Colleges and Institute that provide admissions through CET mechanism rely on the score of National Level common entrance exams, while some of them go for a separate entrance exam of their own.
The course is designed and oriented in a manner so as to deliver to the needs of a master’s level academic curriculum in the domain. It aims at imparting a complete overview of all the aspects related to the subject. Institutes conducting entrance exam for admissions also give due consideration to graduation marks and performance in the entrance exam while considering the applications for admissions.
Candidates completing the course successfully can expect job offers ranging from INR 14,000 to 20,000 per month. Candidate can choose to go for higher studies in the domain before taking on the associated job opportunities in case he/she is interested in expanding the knowledge and skill base.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of the Course||2 years|
|Eligibility||Minimum score of 60% (Relaxable for reserved category students) marks at graduation level.|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based/Merit-based|
|Course Fee||Between INR 18,000 to INR 2 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||Rs.14000 to 18000|
|Top Recruiting areas||Medicine supply chain, Hospitals, Pharmaceutical industry, research and development, Public sector etc.|
|Job Positions||Supply manager, Pharma Researcher, Pharmacologist, Drug regulatory officer, Retail seller etc.|
The pharmaceutical industry in India is one of the net export earners for the country. Apart from meeting the need of affordable healthcare in regards to local population the industry is also providing extensive support to developing countries. Pharmaceuticals are key life-saving elements and are crucial for defining the life expectancy of a country in question.
The industry is based on continuous research and development so, as to weed out the emerging challenges arising out of newly developed pathogens. This research and development work requires technically and academically sound workforce to deliver out cheap and effective healthcare solutions.
Pharmacology as a specialized branch of medical science focuses on the study of the interaction of drugs with body cells and production of therapeutic response. Thus, it provides an in-depth and analytical model to the study of rehabilitation under the influence of drugs/medicine. M.Sc. course in the domain is oriented in a manner so as to develop academic base through semester-wise theoretical examination while developing the practical skills through lab modules, experiments, and research.
M.Sc. Medical Pharmacology is offered as a master’s level course by a good number of colleges and universities across the country to candidates who have passed their graduation level education from a recognized state/central/deemed university.
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|Institute||City||Average Fee (Per annum basis)|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth||Pune||INR 75,689|
|Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences||Vijayawada||INR 30,760|
|Index Medical College||Indore||INR 47,355|
|Jhalawar Hospital and Medical College||Jhalawar||INR 7,052|
|JSS Medical College||Mysore||INR 25,310|
|Kasturba Medical College||Mangalore||INR 10,9,550|
|Mamata Medical College||Khammam||INR 25,740|
|MNR Medical College||Hyderabad||INR 32,933|
Candidate must have passed their final year graduation examination in the respective field of specialization (B.Sc. Biotechnology/B.Sc. life sciences/B.Sc. Biology etc.) with at least 60% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at graduation level from a recognized state/central/deemed university
The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.
Admissions to the course are done through common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country) as well as merit-based selection process (as seen in a good number of institutes/colleges).
Admission process would more or less be same across all the colleges and universities that are offering this course.
The syllabus of the course is divided into 4 semesters spread over a span of two years with End Semester Exams being held after each semester. The syllabus of the course is divided into various subjects and research-based modules that students are taught during the course of their post-graduation. The syllabus covers all the aspects related to medicine and pharmacology so, as to provide a holistic understanding of the subject to the undergraduate students.
The details regarding the syllabus of the course are mentioned below so, as to provide a reference to the candidates.
|Year I||Year II|
|General principles of pharmacology and allied sciences||Biostatistics|
|Molecular biology||Drug regulation|
|Isolation of Compounds from Herbal Sources||Therapeutic Monitoring|
|Systematic pharmacology||Practical work|
|Elective subject||Research report and Viva-Voce|
M.Sc. Medical Pharmacology degree holders have plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose to work as a Supply manager, Pharma Researcher, Pharmacologist, Drug regulatory officer, Retail seller etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same where postgraduates in Pharmacology can look for in terms of their career.
|Area/Domain||Role||Average Salary for Fresher’s|
|Drug regulatory officer||The job involves regulatory oversight over drug manufacturers and dealers so as to maintain compliance with legal standards and procedures.||INR 4.55-5.63 Lacs|
|Pharma Researcher||The job involves conducting research and experiments in regards to development and evolvement of affordable and effective medicines.||INR 2.40-2.95 Lacs|
|Supply Manager||The job involves ensuring smooth flow and management of pharmaceutical supply chain from manufacturer to the consumers.||INR 2.34-2.80 Lacs|
|Pharmacologist||A Pharmacologist is involved in testing and analysis of various drugs to analyze and study their effectiveness in treating the said disease.||INR 2.65-3.35 Lacs|
|Retail seller||A retail seller is involved in the selling of drugs to the direct consumer through a shop, online, for a firm or other platform.||INR 2.22-3 Lacs|