Pharmacy is an important part of the healthcare that deals with preparing and dispensing drugs and pharmacists are experts in medicine. Every medicine we use today, regardless of where it came from or who made it, has the imprint of a pharmacist in it. Years of research and millions of rupees have been invested to create a medicine that can help us heal. No wonder then that pharmacy is called a “Life-Changing Career.”
Pharmacy is as old as medicine itself. While earlier humans used plants and herbs to heal themselves, chemicals became the backbone of the pharmaceutical industry in the later years. Today the multibillion dollar pharma industry is one of the largest in the world employing millions as researchers, scientists, marketers, and more.
Pharmacy is a diverse career with opportunities in innovation and research. They are between doctors and patients and after doctors, they deal directly with patients.
Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharma.) is a two-year diploma programme designed to help students to work under pharmacists in pharmaceutical stores or pharmacies of hospitals. Students with 10+2/12th standard or equivalent in any stream can do a pharmacy diploma. Entry to a pharmacy college depends: some affiliating universities may insist on entrance test and some may look at marks scored in pre-university for admissions.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) is the basic degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The course duration is four years for regular students and three years for lateral students.
To be eligible for B.Pharm admission, one must have passed 12th standard or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. Students must have completed 17 years on or before December 31 of the year of admission.
After completing your 12th standard, you’ll have to attempt the Karnataka Common Entrance Test conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) for admissions to pharmaceutical colleges in Bangalore or by respective universities for admission to their pharma programme.
Pharm-D is a professional doctorate degree in pharmacy. It’s for six years and includes five years of academic studies and one year of practical internship. It’s the only doctoral programme that can be pursued after 10+2/12th standard. You must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology and English in your pre-university to be eligible to study Pharm-D. Entry to this programme is strictly based on the marks scored in Karnataka Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority or private universities in Bangalore.
Pharm-D (Post Baccalaureate)
Pharm-D Post Baccalaureate is a three-year doctoral programme in pharmacy. B.Pharm students with a four-year degree can study Pharm-D provided they have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics at 10+2/+2 level. Admissions are based on the marks scored in Karnataka Common Entrance Test conducted by the Karnataka Examination Authority or private universities.
You can do a two-year specialisation programme after getting a bachelor’s degree. All admissions to M.Pharm programmes are based on the marks scored in entrance tests conducted by the university.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics
Master of Pharmacy in pharmaceutics is a two-year postgraduate programme in pharmacy that deals with developing medicine by using a new chemical entity. The course teaches strong theoretical and analytical skills.
M.Pharm in Pharmacology
Master of Pharmacy is a two-year postgraduate programme in pharmaceuticals. A portmanteau of pharmaceuticals and biology, this programme teaches the interactions that happen between living organisms and chemicals and how chemicals affect biochemical function.
M.Pharm in Pharmacognosy
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmacognosy is a two-year specialist programme that deals with research and study of medicines derived from natural sources.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Technology
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Technology is a two-year postgraduate programme that is concerned with applying technology to the pharmaceutical industry.
M.Pharm in Pharmacy Practice
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmacy Practice is a two-year postgraduate programme that teaches the in-depth concept of dispensing drugs in hospitals and pharmacies.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a master’s programme that blends pharmaceutical chemistry with medicinal chemistry for the development of pharmaceutical drugs.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is two-year postgraduate programme teaches the use of biotechnology to develop medicines and biopharmaceuticals.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Analysis
Master of Pharmaceuticals in Pharmaceutical Analysis is a two-year postgraduate programme that involves analysing every aspect of drug development including structure, quality, quantity, and contaminants.
M.Pharm in Industrial Pharmacy
Master of Pharmaceuticals in Industrial Pharmacy is a two-year postgraduate programme in where pharmacists look after quality control. They also use the latest technologies to research new drug compounds, and conduct trials to check the efficacy and safety of the drugs,
M.Pharm in Quality Assurance
Master of Pharmacy in Quality Assurance is a postgraduate programme that looks at several factors of drug development like analytical research and stability testing, validation, and dossier preparation.
M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management
Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management deals with managerial and leadership roles at pharma companies as well as academia and research firms.
M.Pharm in Bulk Drugs
Master of Pharmacy in Bulk Drugs is a two-year masters programme that is designed for study and research in bulk drugs, which are the active chemical substances in powder form that are used as raw materials in drug manufacturing
|D.Pharma.||The candidate must pass in 10+2 or its equivalent with 45% of marks from a recognised board.|
|B.Pharma||The candidate must pass in 10+2 or its equivalent with 45% of marks from a recognised board.|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics||
The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university
|M.Pharm in Pharmacology||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmacognosy||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Technology||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmacy Practice||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Analysis||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Industrial Pharmacy||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Quality Assurance||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|M.Pharm in Bulk Drugs||The candidate must score 55% or higher in B. Pharm examination from a recognised university|
|Pharm-D||Candidate must have passed their 10+2/PUC or equivalent course from a recognised board|
|Pharm-D (Post Baccalaureate)||Candidate must have passed their B.Pharm degree from a recognised university|
Placement And Career
The career prospects for a pharmaceutical graduate are immense. Owning a pharmacy is just one part of the career. There are many things you can do with a pharmacy degree and the list is just endless such as researching, teaching, manufacturing, and marketing. It’s an occupation that will never see any kind of downturn or recession
There are many companies that are hiring pharmacy graduates and postgraduates and doctorates. The top recruiters are as follows:
- CAD Pharma
- Aurigene Discovery Technologies Limited
- Vardhaman Health Specialities Pvt. Ltd.
- Genei Private Limited
- Stericon Pharma Bangalore
- Bal Pharma Limited
- Jubilant Biosys Limited
- Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
- Global Calcium Pvt. Ltd.
Pharma companies, pharma stores, hospitals, clinics, government, industries and factories, non-government agencies, defence forces, and more.
Pharmacy Stores: You can run your own pharmacy store in part of the country.
Pharmacy: You can work at a pharmacy in any government/private hospital anywhere in the world.
Research: You can work as a researcher at top pharma firms.
Teaching: You can get into teaching.
Policy-Making: You can collaborate with the government in making policies that will help the public.
Analysis and Testing: Join a pharma firm or other firms that are involved with analysis or testing of new drugs.
Regulatory Bodies: Join government or private regulator or decision making bodies to decide on what’s good for people.
Marketing and Sales: Pharmacy is a multi-billion dollar business globally and as a salesman or marketing person, you'll have an amazing role in selling newly developed drugs.