Pharmacy Education in India and Top career opportunities for Pharmacy Students

There are basically three educational qualification available in Pharmacy at basic level and two at higher education level in India:

Primary Education:

  • Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharma)
  • Bachelor in Pharmacy (B. Pharma)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)

Higher Education:

  • Master in Pharmacy ( M. Pharma)
  • PHD in Pharmacy

Minimum Qualification Required:

You can start you pharmacy education by taking admission in any of primary education type and pursue to higher education. Minimum qualification required for admission in Pharmacy course is passed in the examinations with Chemistry, Physics and either one from Biological or Mathematics in 12th or equivalent education.

Diploma in Pharmacy:

Its a two year academic educational qualification. Basic knowledge of Pharmacy is given to students at Diploma Level. Diploma in Pharmacy is eligibility criteria for becoming registered pharmacist. Student also have to complete three month traning in a government hospital under Hospital Pharmacist.


Main career options for Diploma in Pharmacy are:

Subjects that are studied into Diploma in Pharmacy are:

D-Pharma first year:

  • Pharmaceutics-I
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry-I
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Health Education & Community Pharmacy
D-Pharma Second Year:

  • Pharmaceutics-II
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry-II
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  • Drug Store and Business Management
  • Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy


Bachelor in Pharmacy (B. Pharma):

B. Pharmacy is a Four year academic course. It is a graduated course which is divided into eight semesters. A three months training is required in a pharmaceutical manufacturing company after sixth semester. Some State has yearly academic system of examination for Pharmacy Graduation.

Career opportunities after B. Pharmacy are:

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Subjects that are studied in Bachelor in Pharmacy (Semester wise)

Semester I:

  • Fundamental of Pharmaceutics
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Health Education
  • Introduction to Pharmacognosy
  • Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Computer Applications in Pharmacy
  • Basic Mathematics (Supplementary Course)
  • English & Communication Skills (Supplementary Course)
Semester II:
  • Pharmaceutics-I (Unit Operations-I)
  • Physical Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Inorganic and Nuclear Medicinal Chemistry)
  • Human Anatomy and physiology
  • Phytopharmaceuticals-I
  • Titrimetric Methods of Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Yog and Health 
Semester III:
  • Pharmaceutics-II (Unit Operations-II)
  • Preparative Pharmacy (Dispensing Pharmacy)
  • Organic Chemistry-I
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Phytopharmaceuticals-II
  • Environmental Studies
  • Entrepreurship
Semester IV:

  • Hospital and Community Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry-II
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology-I
  • Analytical Pharmacognosy & Herbal Drug Technology
  • Professional Ethics (Including Human Rights)

Semester V:

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Dosage Form-I (Liquid, Semi-Solid and Solid Dosage Forms)
  • Medicinal Chemistry-I (Drugs Acting on ANS, Respiratory Tract and CVS)
  • Biochemistry-I
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology-II
  • Natural Pharmaceutical Agents
  • Cyber Security
  • Social Extension Activity/NSS

Semester VI:

  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence and Regulatory Guidelines
  • Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms-II (Sterile Preparations, Aerosols & Cosmetics)
  • Medicinal Chemistry-II (Drugs Acting on CNS, GIT and Hormonal Disorders)
  • Biochemistry-II
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology-III
  • Electroanalytical and Separation Techniques
  • Introduction to IPR and Research Methods  
Semester VII:

  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
  • Medicinal Chemistry-III (Chemotherapeutic Agents)
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Chemistry of Natural Products
  • Spectroscopic Methods of Analysis

Semester VIII:

  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Medicinal Chemistry-IV (Molecular Modelling and Drug Design)
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Herbal Formulations and Complimentary Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics


Doctors of Pharmacy (Pharm D):

Pharm D is a Six year course. Five academic years and One year internship or residency training including postings in specialty units.

Career opportunities after Pharm D are:

  • All that are mentioned for B.Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Clinic
  • Drug Consultant and Practice

Subjects covered under Doctor of Pharmacy are as follow (Year wise):

First Year:
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Pharmaceutics 2 3 1
    1.3 Medicinal Biochemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Remedial Mathematics/ Biology 
Second Year: 
  • Pathophysiology 
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology 
  • Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals 
  • Pharmacology-I  
  • Community Pharmacy  
  • Pharmacotherapeutics-I
Third Year: 
  • Pharmacology-II 
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis 
  • Pharmacotherapeutics-II 
  • Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Formulations 
Fourth Year: 
  • Pharmacotherapeutics-III 
  • Hospital Pharmacy 
  • Clinical Pharmacy 
  • Biostatistics & Research Methodology 
  • Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics  
  • Clinical Toxicology 
Fifth Year: 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and
    Pharmacoeconomics 
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics &
    Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring 
  • Clerkship 
  • Project work (Six Months)
Sixth Year: 

Internship or residency training including postings in specialty units. Student should
independently provide the clinical pharmacy services to the allotted wards.
  • Six months in General Medicine department, and 
  • Two months each in three other specialty departments

Master in Pharmacy (M. Pharma):

Post graduate degree in Pharmacy is known as Master in Pharmacy. It is also known as M. Pharma. It is a two year post graduate program in Pharmacy. Specialize subjects is covered in this program  like M. Pharma (Pharmacology), M. Pharma (Pharmaceutics), M. Pharma (Biochemistry), M. Pharma (Medicinal Chemistry) etc.
Career options after Master in Pharmacy are: 
  • All mentioned in B. Pharmacy
  • Regularity Affairs
  • Lecturer in B. pharmacy College
List of Subjects covered under M. Pharma (Specialized Subject Wise):

Pharmaceuticals:
  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Preformulation & Production Management
  • Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
  • Advances in Drug Delivery systems

Industrial Pharmacy:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Advanced Industrial Pharmacy
  • Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
  • Advances in Drug Delivery systems

Pharmaceutical technology:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
  • Advances in Drug Delivery systems

Quality Assurance:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Formulation Technology and Validation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmaceutical Analysis:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Analysis
  • Instrumental methods of Analysis
  • Chemical and Biological Evaluation

Pharmacology and Clinical Research:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs
  • Methods of Drug Evaluation
  • Recent Advances in Pharmacology

Pharmaceutical Management and Regulatory Affairs:

  • Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis Techniques
  • Pharmaceutical Management and TQM
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs – I
  • Drug Regulatory Affairs – II
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