M. Tech. in Pharmaceutical Technology is a 2-year postgraduate course, designed to educate aspiring candidates about the application of scientific knowledge and methods in the field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical industry.
The program essentially involves advanced learning in the concepts and processes involved in the development and manufacturing of products, processes, and components, such as drugs & biologics in the pharmaceuticals industry.
The course is sub-divided into 4 semesters, of 6 months each, and the basic eligibility for the pursuance of the course is the successful completion of graduation (B. Tech./ B.E./ M. Sc.) from a recognized university.
Admission to the course is offered based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, or in some cases, merit obtained at the level of graduation.
The course is offered at leading Indian institutes such as:
Some of the top entrance tests conducted in India for admission to the course are:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 1 and 4 Lacs for a span of 2 years.
The average monthly salary offered to successful professionals of the discipline in India ranges between INR 30K and 1 Lakh, increasing with the candidate’s experience and skillset.
Successful postgraduates of the course can pursue gainful career opportunities in various government and private pharmaceutical organizations, in areas such as:
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Basic Eligibility Criteria||Graduation (B. Tech/ B.E./ M. Sc.) from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Merit-based/ based on counseling after qualification of entrance exam|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Major Entrance Test||GATE, IIIT D, IIIT-B, JNU EE, DTU Entrance Test, BITS HD, NSIT M. Tech Entrance Exam, etc.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||R&D Labs, Biomedical Industries, Biotechnological Plants, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industries, Colleges and Universities, Biopharmaceutical Plants, Pharmaceutical Industries, and such.|
|Top Recruiters||Sun Pharmaceutical, Lupin, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Cipla, Cadila Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Glenmark Pharmaceutical, Divi’s Laboratories, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Biocon, Orchid Chemical, among others.|
|Job Profile||Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst, Technology Analyst, Business Technology Analyst, Business Solution & Technology Manager, Scientific Research Manager, Quality Control Chemist, etc.|
|Average Initial Salary||INR 3 to 12 Lacs|
|Total Course Fee||INR 1 to 4 Lacs|
M. Tech. in Pharmaceutical Technology is a subsidiary of the broader field of Chemical Engineering. Primarily, it focuses on the discovery, design, and development of parts and products within the pharmaceutical industry, by application of the concepts of both biology and biochemistry.
Candidates interested in going for research studies in the discipline may subsequently go for pursue higher courses in the subject, such as Ph. D., M. Phil., etc.
Students enrolled to the course are offered advanced lessons in product designing, packing, and regulatory frameworks for the construction of industrial plants for the production of medicines and drugs. Candidates are introduced and exposed to various chemical systems and applications, in order to aid the development of future technology for this area, while enhancing current standards.
One of the major objectives of the course is to train eligible candidates in designing, constructing, maintaining and operating the technology used to research and manufacture pharmaceutical drugs, and ensure safety at both personal and environmental levels.
The course’s curriculum is an integrated mixture of theoretical and practical components of study.
Ideal candidates for the course would ideally possess the following skills:
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai||Mumbai||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi||Delhi||INR 59,150 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati||Guwahati||INR 51,700 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur||Kanpur||INR 33,184 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Chennai||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee||Roorkee||INR 59,200 (course)|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani||Pilani||INR 2,50,000 (course)|
|Indian School of Mines University (ISMU)||Dhanbad||Not Mentioned|
|Indian Institute of Science (IISc)||Bangalore||INR 21,500 (course)|
|NRI Institute of Technology||Guntur||INR 28,000 (course)|
|Adarsh College of Engineering||Orissa||INR 28,000 (course)|
|Aravali Institute of Technical Studies||Rajasthan||INR 70,000 (course)|
|Babu Banarasidas National Institute of Technology and Management – NITM||Lucknow||INR 1,40,000 (course)|
|Bharath University||Tamil Nadu||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|College of Engineering||Pune||INR 85,000 (course)|
|GD Goenka University||Delhi NCR||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|Government College of Engineering||Maharashtra||INR 80,000 (course)|
|ITM University||Gurgoan||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|National Institute of Technology - NIT Rourkela||Orissa||INR 91,000 (course)|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, such as GATE, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the level of graduation.
Listed below are some of the top entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to the course.
Classified below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.
|SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II|
|Formulation Technology||Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry|
|Modern Methods of Instrumental Analysis||Drug Regulation & IPR|
|Modern Methods of Instrumental Analysis (PR)||Research Methodology|
|Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||Fermentation Technology|
|Regulation & Quality Management of Drugs||Industrial Application|
|Nanotechnology & Pharmacology||Molecular Therapeutics|
|SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Drug Discovery||Drug Metabolism|
|Bio-pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics||Science & Technology of Nano-medicine|
|Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery||Pollution Control in Chemical Industries|
|Herbal Drug Technology||Bio-polymers|
|Quality Assurance & Validation||Recombinant Drug Dosage|
|Project Work||Project & Dissertation|
Since drugs and medicines are widely required around the year, career opportunities for such postgraduates abound across:
Areas like drug stores, hospitals, R&D (research and development) sectors, biomedical industries, cosmetic industry, etc. lucratively hire such professionals.
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 PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Quality Control Chemist||A Quality Control Chemist uses chemistry lab skills for testing and measuring pharmaceutical material. They ensure that experiments are completed according to established or industry standards.||INR 2 to 6 Lacs|
|Scientific Research Manager||A Scientific Research Manager manages various scientific experiments and analyzes their respective results. They are typically in charge of research tasks and activities, collecting and analyzing data, and processing results to verify hypotheses.||INR 3 to 9 Lacs|
|Clinical Data Manager||A Clinical Data Manager collects data from various medical sources such as clinical and pharmaceutical trials, and works to ensure that data is clearly, accurately, and securely collected, managed, and reported.||INR 5 to 6 Lacs|
|Professor||A Professor teaches students at undergraduate and graduate levels in colleges and universities, in areas allocated by the Head of Department. They supervise and assist undergraduate, taught graduate (Masters) or research graduate (MPhil/ PhD) students, and inspire and motivate personal development in candidates.||INR 3 to 8 Lacs|
A Bio-technology Analyst coordinates clinical research projects and basic research projects as well.
Basically, they collaborate with scientists, research sponsors, management and other stakeholders, to assist various projects and determine study protocol, gather data, and analyze the results.
|INR 2 to 7 Lacs|