Master of Science in Pharmacology is a 2-year post graduate course program in Pharmacology, the minimum eligibility for which is an M.B.B.S or BDS. Candidates must have an aggregate of 55% or equivalent CGPA (50% for SC/ST candidates) or B.V.Sc or B.Pharm or B.Sc. degree course (3 years) or Bachelor of Physiotherapy with atleast 60% aggregate (55% for SC / ST).
The course is divided into four semesters of six months each. And, the structure is reflective of the same with theory courses throughout the duration and also three practical courses which require mastery of the subject.
Some of the top institutes that offer M.Sc. Pharmacology are:
The average annual course fees varies between INR 10,000 and 4,00,000 in India. Graduates of this field have a wide range of job opportunities like government agencies, supply and distribution of medicine, Defense services, Research colleges / Universities, Hospitals, Private clinics etc. Opportunities are not limited to the said fields.
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates of this field may pursue further studies and may complete their Ph.D. or may take up said job opportunities associated. The average salary for these graduates ranges between INR 3 and 4 lacs per annum.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of the Course||2 years|
|Eligibility||MBBS or BDS with an aggregate of 55% or equivalent CGPA (50% for SC/ST candidates) or B.V.Sc or B.Pharm or B.Sc. degree course (3 years) or Bachelor of Physiotherapy with at least 60% aggregate (55% for SC / ST).|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based and also Merit based.|
|Course Fee||Between INR 10,000 and 4,00,000|
|Average Salary||INR 3 and 4 Lacs per annum|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Government agencies, supply and distribution of medicine, Defense services, Research colleges / Universities, Hospitals, Private clinics etc.|
|Job Positions||Analytical chemist, Bio – medical scientist, clinical research associate, Healthcare scientist, Pharmacologist etc.|
Master of Science in Pharmacology is the branch of medicine that deals with drug action. It trains the newly educated doctors and equips them with the knowledge of proper prescription and its medico-legal Importance.
It is a course that is very oriented towards research and produces research scholars day in and day out who go out to perform experiments and research in many areas such as healthcare, bio-medical, clinical research etc.
Students who are interested in the pharmaco-dynamics and pharmaco-kinetics of drug action should take up this course. They should have oral and written communication skills and must have the ability to analyze complex data and perform critical analysis in order to arrive at the proper solution and clinical results to the trials performed.
The course is a basic for deeper understanding of medicine action for any kind of research and is also very beneficial for people looking to teach in the field. It is a mandate to pursue Ph.D. in the field of pharmacology.
|Name of the Institute||Location||Total Fees(INR)|
|National Institute of Medical science and research||Jaipur||162,000|
|Kasturbha Medical College (KMC)||Mangalore||218000|
|Saveetha Medical college and hospital||Kancheepuram||320000|
|Maharshi Markhandeshwar University (MMU)||Ambala||180000|
|Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)||Chandigarh||5440|
|Medical college of Baroda||Baroda|
|Meenakshi Medical College Hospital & Research Institute (MMCHRI)||Kancheepuram||200000|
|Teerthankar Mahaveer University (TMU)||Moradabad||164800|
|College of veterinary science and animal husbandry||Aizwal, Mizoram||1500|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||240000|
Applicants are eligible for the examination only if they satisfy following conditions:
Admission to the course is based on the score obtained in any of the entrance exams depending on the chosen university and the particular state. The shortlisted candidates may also be considered based on merit percentage.
The two years of study is divided into the following courses. The courses are all compulsory and have to be taken up during the study. The course emphasizes on complete understanding of the theory part and also a proper and thorough experience of experiments on animals and organs for a complete understanding of the subject.
|Section I ( General Pharmacological principles and applied sciences)||Section II ( Systemic Pharmacology)|
|Toxicology||Autonomic Nervous System|
|Molecular Biology in Pharmacology||Central Nervous system|
|Isolation of Compounds from Herbal Sources||Autocoids|
|Wonder Discovers in Pharmacology||Drugs affecting kidney function and Cardiovascular system|
|-||Drugs affecting gastrointestinal and respiratory system|
|-||Drugs affecting uterine mortility|
|-||Chemotherapy of parasite infections|
|-||Chemo of Microbial Diseases|
|-||Immuno - modulators|
|-||Drugs action of blood and blood forming organs|
|Section III (Experimental Pharmacology, Bioassay, statistics and recent advancements)||Practical|
|Instrumentation in drug analysis||One exercise on intact animal|
|Biostatistics||One exercise on isolated organ|
|Pharmacokinetics||One chemical Pharmacology Exercise|
|Drug development process||-|
|Therapeutic drug monitoring||-|
Graduates of this course are hired for profiles from Clinical research to Pharmacologists. The average salary is between INR 3 and 4 LPA. The employment areas are among Investment Government agencies, supply and distribution of medicine, Defense services, Research colleges / Universities, Hospitals, Private Clinics etc.
The job profiles for these positions ranges from analytical chemist, Bio – medical scientist, clinical research associate, Healthcare scientist, Pharmacologist, medical research scientist etc. The compensation and salaries for these individual jobs are specific and depend largely on the skill-set they have built and the experience in the industry.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average annual salary|
|Biomedical scientist||Biomedical scientists carry out experiments on samples of body fluids and tissue to help develop solutions to threatening diseases.||2 – 4 LPA|
|Analytical chemist||Analytical chemists examine substances to determine their composition. They also look at how elements in a compound interact with one another. Their skills are also used in the field of environmental chemistry to detect chemical pollutants in the environment.||2 - 3 LPA|
|Clinical Research Associate||Clinical research associates collect and organize data obtained during studies and trials conducted in fields, such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. They coordinate and process results gained from long-term testing of drugs, products and medical procedures.||3 LPA|
|Pharmacologist||Pharmacologists conduct research on animals or on willing human subjects; they seek chemical compounds and substances that can be used as new medications. Job duties include planning and directing studies, standardizing drug doses, preparing research grants, and following safety procedures.||2 LPA|
|Lecturers/ Professors||Students who have completed their Master of Science in Pharmacology Engineering are eligible to teach the same or their relevant medical field courses in colleges across the country.||3 – 4 LPA|
|Medical Research scientist||The purpose of a medical scientist' job duties is to discover new methods of enhancing human health. Medial scientists perform research on specimens, such as bacteria and viruses, then regularly perform reviews, clinical investigations and write technical reports during this research process.||5 – 6 LPA|