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PHARMACY

All the medicines or drugs undergo a series of tests, clinical trials, and approval before they are made available for public use. These are first tested in labs to evaluate the dosage or possible side effects and accordingly the prescription guidelines are formed. This entire process is connected to the field of pharmacy. So, it can be defined as a discipline that is closely linked with health science. 

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The scope of pharmacy goes beyond medicine dispensing and includes services related to healthcare too (such as providing information on drugs or reviewing medication, etc). The focus lies more on production, manufacturing, effective use and disposal of all kinds of drugs or medications. In addition to this, the practice pharmacy also involves:

  • the development of different types of medications,

  • improvement of the use of medicines,

  • and promotion of various health-related campaigns or awareness programs

In a nutshell, pharmacists have expertise in drug therapy and their primary work is to optimize the use of medicines for the betterment of patients. 

Program Levels: 

The Study in India partner institutes offers a handful of pharmacy courses in 3 levels, namely - Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and PhD. The choice of courses depends on students and eligibility set by different institutes. 

 

1) Undergraduate (UG) 

A bachelor’s degree in pharmacy discipline is a full-time course with a duration of usually 4 years and students can pursue it after completing their 10+2 in the science stream.  

2) Post-graduate (PG)

A master’s degree in pharmacy discipline is a full-time course with a duration of usually 2 years and the students can pursue it after completing their undergraduate degree in pharmacy. 

3) PhD 

PhD is a doctorate level degree and the students can pursue it after their post-graduation in pharmacy. 

Please note, the eligibility and course duration under the pharmacy discipline differs across institutes. Therefore, before applying students can confirm every detail through the Institute Search page. 

Branches of Pharmacy:   

The branches provided by the Study in India partner institutes under the pharmacy discipline are mentioned in the table below. 

Forensic Pharmacy 

Industrial Pharmacy

Medicinal Pharmacy 

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Pharmaceutics 

Pharmacology 

Pharmacy Practice 

Quality Assurance

Pharmacognosy

Pharmaceutical Technology


However, some of the popular branch choices under pharmacy discipline include: 

  1. Pharmaceutics 

Pharmaceutics is the specialization that deals with the study of how new compounds are created and then converted into drugs that can be safely consumed by a patient. Furthermore, pharmaceutics is also concerned with the research and development of new dosage forms of existing medicines as well as new ways of dispensation in the patient’s body. In simple terms, this field of specialization is the processing of final medicine from pure compounds. 

  1. Pharmacy Practice 

Pharmacy Practice incorporates the following areas: 

  • Clinical Interventions: Wherein the pharmacists intervene on the use of  medicines that cause problems in patients

  • Pharmaceutical Care: It is a type of medicine-based therapy practised on patients to cure specific symptoms of diseases

  • Communication Skills: Pharmacists working in this field are required to have decent communication skills as they have understood the ailment of the patients. 

  • Patient Care: It is one of the pivotal aspects of pharmacy because patients must comply with their medicine prescription so as to recover soon. 

  1. Pharmacology 

The term pharmacology refers to the research of drug/medicine action. In general terms, it involves the study of the biochemical reaction between living organisms and chemical compounds. Furthermore, students opting for pharmacology specialization also learn about the process of delivering medicines and their effects on the human body.

  1. Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry plays an important role in the development of new medicines. It is a multidisciplinary field with a combination of topics from several subjects namely, organic chemistry, biology, and pharmacology. Therefore, students get to study the synthesis of potential medicines, their effect on metabolism, side effects on the human body, and healing properties. 

  1. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical biotechnology is a new field of pharmacy discipline involving the application of concepts of biotechnology to the synthesis of medicines. It is concerned with the use of DNA technology to manufacture medicines for treating diseases. Furthermore, several antibiotics, nucleic acid-based medicines, and vaccines sold at pharmacies are the result of pharmaceutical biotechnology. 

Career Options: 

After pursuing a degree in the field of pharmacy the students can choose from a mixed bag of career options. Some of them are mentioned in the table below. 

Drug Therapist

Pharmacist

Medical Sales Representative

Health Inspector 

Research Officer

Toxicologist

Hospital Drug Coordinator 

Scientist

Drug Technician


Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What is Pharmacy? 

The pharmacy discipline is concerned with the production, manufacturing, effective and safe use, and disposal of all kinds of drugs or medications.


2) What is the eligibility of Pharmacy courses? 

The eligibility criteria for pursuing Pharmacy courses differ across various institutes. For undergraduate courses it is the completion of 10+2 (in the Science stream), for pursuing a postgraduate degree, you must have a bachelor's degree and for a PhD degree, you must have completed your master's.  However, you are advised to check the specific eligibility criteria for different Pharmacy courses at the time of applying.


3) Are there any branches of Pharmacy? 

Yes, there are several branches of Pharmacy and some of them are mentioned below: 

  • Pharmaceutics

  • Pharmacology

  • Pharmacy Practice 

  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry

  • Medicinal Pharmacy 

  • Quality Assurance

  • Pharmacognosy

  • Pharmaceutical Technology

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 

  • Forensic Pharmacy 

  • Industrial Pharmacy 

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis


4) What is the duration of Pharmacy courses? 

The duration of pharmacy courses depends on different program levels. For undergraduate courses, it is four years, for post-graduate courses, it is two years and for PhD courses, it is 3-4 years. 


5) Career opportunities after completing Pharmacy courses?  

Top career opportunities after completing Pharmacy courses are: 

  • Drug Therapist 

  • Pharmacist 

  • Health Inspector

  • Toxicologist

  • Research Officer 

  • Hospital Drug Coordinator

  • Scientist

  • Medical Sales Representative

  • Drug Technician

  • Work in Pathological Lab


6) Is Biology needed for a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy?

Yes, many Study in India partner institutes require you to have 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. However, please check the eligibility for different Pharmacy courses at the time of applying. 


7) Is it worth pursuing a pharmacy course?

Yes, it is worth pursuing a pharmacy course because huge developments take place in the pharmaceutical industry regularly and there are many career opportunities available too. Moreover, as a pharmacist, you are able to play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of diseases.  


8) Can I pursue graduation in Pharmacy after completing 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics?

Yes, you may pursue graduation in Pharmacy after completing 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Still, you are advised to check the eligibility set by different institutes at the time of applying. 


9) Are there any additional exams required to take admission in Pharmacy courses? 

Some of the Study in India partner institutes may require additional exams to take admission in Pharmacy courses namely, SAT (Level 1) or GRE. However, you are advised to check and confirm the same at the time of applying. 


10) What are the subjects taught under Pharmacy? 

Main subjects taught under Pharmacy include, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology, etc.


11) Skills required to pursue a career in the Pharmacy field? 

Skills that would be helpful if you pursue want to pursue a career in Pharmacy include: 

  • Inclination towards exploring the field of medicine  

  • Scientific aptitude

  • Determination and consistency 

  • Persuasive skills, etc


12) Is a PhD in Pharmacy a good option after MPharm?

Yes, opting for PhD in Pharmacy is a good option after completing an M.Pharm if students are interested in doing research work and gaining insight into the field of Pharmacy. 


13) What is M.Pharm all about?

Master of Pharmacy is a postgraduate course of 2-year duration and provides specialization in the field of pharmaceutical science. Students opting for M.Pharma learn how to prepare medicines and how to advise patients on the usage and dosage of medicines, etc.


14) Is there any additional exam required to take admission in pharmacy courses? 

Some of the Study in India partner institutes may require you to take additional exams (such as SAT Level 1, GRE or GATE) to take admission in pharmacy courses. You are advised to check the specific eligibility set by various institutes at the time of applying.

Study in India Partner Institute for PHARMACY COURSES.

No. of Institute :

Acharya & BM Reddy College of Pharmacy

Location: Bengaluru ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 150

Acharya Nagarjuna University

Location: Guntur ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: NO
NAAC Rating: 3.27
No.of Seats: 51

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Location: Coimbatore ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 2456

Andhra University

Location: Visakhapatnam ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 591

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER)

Location: Chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 5340

Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)

Location: Pune ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 484

CHALAPATHI INSTITUTE OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Location: GUNTUR ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.37
No.of Seats: 12

Chandigarh University

Location: GREATER MOHALI ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.28
No.of Seats: 8798

Chitkara University

Location: Rajpura ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 161

Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed to be University)

Location: Wardha ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 478

Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University

Location: New Delhi ,Delhi
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 120

GALGOTIAS UNIVERSITY

Location: GREATER NOIDA ,Uttar Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 332

Ganpat University

Location: Mehsana ,Gujarat
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1430

GITAM (Deemed to be University) - Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Location: Visakhapatnam ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 8599

Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab

Location: Amritsar ,Punjab
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 634

Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus

Location: Hyderabad ,Telangana
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.53
No.of Seats: 210

Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

Location: Varanasi ,Uttar Pradesh
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 48

Institute of Chemical Technology

Location: Mumbai ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 23

Integral University

Location: Lucknow ,Uttar Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 69

JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research

Location: Mysuru ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 394

Koneru Lakshamaiah Education Foundation (Deemed to be University)

Location: Vaddeswaram ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 5386

LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY

Location: Phagwara ,Punjab
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 72959

Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be University)

Location: Mullana - Ambala ,Haryana
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 2112

Marwadi Education Foundation's Group of Institutions

Location: Rajkot ,Gujarat
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: NO
NAAC Rating: 3.51
No.of Seats: 7157

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

Location: Mumbai ,Maharashtra
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.59
No.of Seats: 233

National Forensic Sciences University

Location: Gandhinagar ,Gujarat
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 250

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Hyderabad

Location: Hyderabad ,Telangana
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 6

Nitte (Deemed to be University)

Location: Mangalore ,Karnataka
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.4
No.of Seats: 32

Osmania University

Location: Hyderabad ,Telangana
Type: Public
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating: 3.52
No.of Seats: 762

Raghavendra Institute of Pharm Education & Research (RIPER)

Location: Anantapur ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 52

Rungta College of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research

Location: Bhilai ,Chhattisgarh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 35

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

Location: Solan ,Himachal Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1512

SIKSHA 'O' ANUSANDHAN

Location: BHUBANESWAR ,Odisha
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1035

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University)

Location: Chennai ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 275

SRI VENKATESWARA COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Location: Chittoor ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 24

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Location: Chengalpattu ( Chennai Area) ,Tamil Nadu
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1441

UPES

Location: Dehradun ,Uttarakhand
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 1475

Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology& Research (VFSTR) University

Location: GUNTUR ,Andhra Pradesh
Type: Private
NIRF Ranking: Yes
NAAC Rating:
No.of Seats: 404

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