M.Pharma. or Master of Pharmacy is a postgraduate Academic Degree which is awarded for a course or program in the medical field of Pharmacy. Pharmacy is the branch of the health sciences dealing with the preparation, dispensing, and proper utilization of drugs. Some Institutes offer it as M.Pharma. Course. The duration of Master Degree in Pharmacy is 2 years. M.Pharma. is divided into a number of semesters. At the end of the each semester, there is an examination wherein candidates are examined in the courses prescribed for that semester. Students are also required to submit Thesis at the end of the last semester. Master Degree in Pharmacy provides a candidate with various practical aspects of the research methodologies, instrumental techniques, emerging areas and industrial operations. There are various Pharmacy Schools in India which provide Master of Pharmacy course. M.Pharm. through distance education or correspondence is highly unlikely to be provided by any Indian Medical Institute.
Master of Pharmacy Eligibility
Candidates who have passed Bachelor of Pharmacy Programme with not less than 50% of marks, of any recognised University or any other Institute equivalent thereto the University, are eligible for admission to the Master of Pharmacy Programmes.
For SC/ST candidates, the eligibility is a pass in the B.Pharm. degree Programme.
An entrance examination Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) and interview is also conducted for admission. GPAT is an all India Examination to be conducted by the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara on behalf of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.
The Scores in Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) were in use till the year 2009 for admission in Masters Programme in Pharmacy (M.Pharm) and also for awarding fellowships/scholarships to Pharmacy graduates along with engineering graduates.
The Organizing Committee for GATE expressed its inability to include Pharmacy graduates in GATE with effect from the year 2010, owing to operational problems due to large number of candidates appearing for GATE examination. Therefore, in order to facilitate admission of Pharmacy graduates in M.Pharm. as also to award fellowships/scholarships to Pharmacy graduates, AICTE decided to organize and conduct an examination in the name of Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) with effect from academic year 2010-11. Accordingly, a National Monitoring Committee (NMC) was constituted for monitoring the issues pertaining to the policy as well as conduct of GPAT examination.
Master of Pharmacy Specialisations
M. Pharm. Industrial Pharmacy
M. Pharm. Pharmaceutics (Drug Regulatory Affairs)
M. Pharm. Pharmaceutical Chemistry
M. Pharm. Pharmacognosy
M. Pharm. Pharmacology
Master of Pharmacy Syllabus
Syllabus of Pharmacy as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.
Subjects of Study
Modern Analytical Techniques
Advance in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
Chemistry of Medical Natural Product
Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
Pharmaceutical Formulation Design and Development
Pharmacokinetic and Formulation Design
Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Standardization and Stabilization Method of Drugs
Standardization and Stabilization Method of Herbal Formulation
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Organic Chemistry II
Advance in Pharmaceutical Technology
Advance Systemic Pharmacology
Special Techniques in Drug Analysis
Evaluation of Herbal Drugs and Formulations
Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
Pharmaceutical Chemistry I
Design & Development of Novel Drug Delivery System
Pharmacometrics and Evaluation of Drugs
Validation & c-GMP
Biotechnology and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants
Clinical Research and Approval of New Drugs
Pharmaceutics Chemistry II
Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics and Toxicology
Seminar of Recent Subject in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Seminar on Dissertation (Introduction)
Thesis and Viva
Master of Pharmacy Colleges
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research – NIPER, Mohali
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vishakhapatnam
Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani, Pillani
Master of Pharmacy Course Fee Structure
The fee structure (tentative) of M.Pharma course is as per the given institutes.
Name of Institute
Fee (INR)/annum (tentative)
Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University, Delhi
Vels University, Chennai
Master of Pharmacy Course Suitability
Candidates to want to enhance and sharpen their skills and knowledge in the field of Pharmacy can and should pursue Master of Pharmacy Degree.
It is most suited for those who want to set-up a Pharmaceutical manufacturing unit.
How is Master of Pharmacy Course Beneficial?
Master of Pharmacy offers various specialisations with which one can choose his most preferred field.
Master of Pharmacy provides better exposure to practical skills.
M.Pharm. also enables a candidate to go for higher studies abroad.
It also enables one to study Ph.D. (Pharmacy) in Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management.