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Pharm. D. is a 6- year doctorate level course, including five years of academic study and a year of internship or residency. The course aims to prepare eligible candidates students in the management of patient medication therapy and improving patient outcomes.   

Top Institutes offering Pharm D are:

  • Manipal University of Pharmaceutical Science
  • JSS College of Pharmacy
  • Poona College of Pharmacy
  • KLE College of Pharmacy
  • Annamalai University

The basic eligibility criterion to apply for the course is a 10 + 2 or equivalent qualification from a recognized board and a qualified diploma in Pharmacy from any Pharm. D. College recognized by Pharmacy Council of India (PCI). The average fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 6 and 20 Lacs, varying across Institutes. Various institutes accept score GPAT for the admission. 

Upon completing the course successfully, postgraduates are lucratively employed in both private and government hospitals, or run open their own pharmacy. The average initial annual salary offered to such postgraduates ranges between INR 3 and 10 Lacs, depending upon the candidate’s skillsets.

Top Colleges for Pharm.D

  • Pharm.D in Karnataka
  • Pharm.D in Tamil Nadu
  • Pharm.D in Kerala
  • Pharm.D in Andhra Pradesh
  • Pharm.D in Telangana

Pharm. D.:Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights related to the course.

Course LevelDoctorate
Duration6 Years
Eligibility10+2 from a recognized Board
Admission ProcessCounseling after taking entrance exam 
Examination TypeSemester System
Course FeeINR 6 to 20 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting AreasHealth Centers, Drug Control Administration, Medical Dispensing Stores, etc.

Pharm. D.: What is it About?

Pharm. D. is the art and science of preparing and dispensing medicines. The course has been designed to train eligible candidates in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical care. Upon successful completion of the course, students gain skills in diagnosis and treatment of diseases, selection and therapeutic usage of drugs, monitoring of patients, etc.

Pharm. D. is a latin term which means pharmaciae doctor. It is a registered qualification under pharmacy act, 1948. The course was introduced by Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), regulatory body for pharmacy education in India. The course is generally meant for students who have interest in learning of concepts related to clinical research and acquire an in-depth understanding of pharmacy practice concepts. 

Also, such professionals take on a number of tasks that MBBS graduates perform, such as monitoring patients, diagnosing diseases, etc.

Pharm.D.: Top Institutes

Listed below are some Pharm. D. Colleges in the country, along with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

Jamia Hamdard UniversityNew Delhi88,000
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and ResearchMohali, Punjab1,36,000
University Institute of Pharmaceutical SciencesChandigarh11,000
Institute of Chemical TechnologyMumbai1,78,000
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, HyderabadHyderabad1,30,000
KLE College of PharmacyHubli-
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical SciencesManipal95,000
Poona College of PharmacyPune92,000
S.R.M College of PharmacyKanchipuram3,02,000
JSS College of PharmacyMysore70,000
Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya-SagarMadhya Pradesh-
Birla Institute of TechnologyRanchi2,00,000
Annamalai UniversityTamil Nadu25,000
Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and ResearchNew Delhi21,000
Bombay College of PharmacyMumbai22,500
Nirma UniversityAhmedabad2,00,000
JSS College of PharmacyTamil Nadu72,000
Andhra UniversityVishakhapatnam30,000
Sri Ramachandra UniversityChennai1,50,000
Banasthali VidyapithBanasthali92,000

Pharm.D.: Eligibility

Candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • A minimum aggregate score of 55% at both Higher and Senior Secondary levels (classes 10th and 12th) completed from a recognized educational Board.
  • Also, candidates should have completed the Senior Secondary level (class 12th) in the science stream, with a minimum aggregate score of 60% in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) or PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

Pharm.D.: Admission Process

For admission to the course, eligible candidates need to have passed a relevant entrance examination, conducted by any university at State and national levels, as part of the general admission procedure. Subsequently, qualifying candidates are needed to qualify rounds of group discussion and personal interview as part of the counseling procedure.

Some of the major entrance examinations conducted in India for admission to the course are as follows:

  • GPAT (Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test)
  • UP-CPMT (Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-Medical Test)
  • PMET (Punjab Pre-Medical Entrance Test)
  • UPSEE Pharmacy (Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination)

Besides these entrance examinations, some institutes in the country also have their own admission criteria in place, and offer admission on the basis of the candidate’s score in such qualifying examination.

Pharm.D.: Syllabus & Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given below.



Human Anatomy & PhysiologyPharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
PharmaceuticsPharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry
Medicinal BiochemistryRemedial Mathematics/Biology



PathophysiologyPharmacology 1
Pharmaceutical MicrobiologyCommunity Pharmacy
Pharmacognosy & PhytopharmaceuticalsPharmacotherapeutics 1



Pharmacology 2Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence
Pharmaceutical AnalysisMedicinal Chemistry
Pharmacotherapeutics 2Pharmaceutical Formulations



Pharmacotherapeutics 3Biostatistics & Research Methodology
Hospital PharmacyBiopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
Clinical PharmacyClinical Toxicology



Clinical ResearchClerkship
Pharmacoepidemiology & PharmacoeconomicProject work (six months)
Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug MonitoringYear VI
-Internship or Residency Training that includes postings in special units.

Pharm.D.: Career Prospects

Pharmacy has established as an independent branch of science dealing with all aspects of medicinal drugs and pharmaceuticals. Pharm. D. degree provides numerous national and international employmnet opportunities in areas such as Academics, Management, Research and Administration. 

Some prominent emplyment areas are:

  • College/University
  • Pharmaceutical Company
  • Private practice firm
  • Hospital
  • Franchise
  • Self- Employed

Some of the popular job profiles offered to successful postgraduates of the course are tabulated below, with the corresponding duties & salaries offered for each post.

Clinical PharmacistTo work directly with physicians, other health professionals, and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes and to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient's medications.3 to 5 Lacs
Drug InspectorTo control drug piracy and duplicity, check chemist shops and pharmaceutical companies from doing any illegal work against drug rules, take action against chemists who deal in duplicate medicine which is harmful for patients.3.5 to 6 Lacs
Analytical ChemistTo assess the chemical structure and nature of substances. Their skills are needed for a variety of purposes including drug development, forensic analysis and toxicology. They are specialized in areas as varied as toxicology, pharmaceuticals, and forensics.2.5 to 5 Lacs
ResearcherTo work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters.3 to 7 Lacs
Retail PharmacistResponsible for dispensing and controlling both prescription and non-prescription medicine and to provide advice on health issues, symptoms, and medications in response to customer enquiries, and for recruiting, training and managing staff.2 Lac to 4 Lacs

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