Pharmacy is commonly considered as a shop (also known as Medical Store or Chemist) where medicines are being sold or prepared.

In the academic or professional world, Pharmacy is defined as the branch of science that deals with the preparation, doses, dispensing and effects (including safety) of medicines (or medicinal drugs or simply drugs).

In the broad sense, Pharmacy is a marriage between Health Sciences and Chemistry. You could also term it as a Love Triangle that involves Medicine, Biology and Chemistry. Yes, it is as overlapping and inter-related as Bio-Medical Sciences.

Pharmacist (one who has got sufficient knowledge of Pharmacy or practises Pharmacy) technically should possess more knowledge than a Medical Doctor regarding medicinal drugs – composition (or formulation) of a drug, effects/interaction with the biological system, physical and chemical properties, therapeutic doses, side-effects, interactions with other drugs.

Besides, pharmacists also play an important role in advising and counselling patients, and prescribing medicines. However, pharmacists are not medical doctors – they do not conduct diagnosis and/or surgeries on patients. Globally Pharmacy is considered as noble as the Medical profession,

Pharmacy Eligibility Criteria

Pharmacy is offered at different levels and to get admission in any of the Pharma courses, candidates need to fulfil the required eligibility criteria for the particular course. Check below eligibility criteria for Pharmacy courses:

Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharm): Candidates should have completed higher secondary education with science subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

Bachelor in Pharmacy (B. Pharm): Candidates must have completed their higher education from national- or state-level education board. They must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Biology and English subjects. They must complete 17 years of age on December 31 of year of admission. 

Master of Pharmacy (M. Pharm): Candidates who have completed B. Pharm degree with minimum qualifying marks as required from a pharmacy college as approved by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI).

For Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D): For six-year coursecandidates must have completed higher education from any state/national education board. They must have studied Physics and Chemistry as compulsory subjects with Mathematics or Biology as additional subjects. They must have completed 17 years of age in the year of admission. Or, candidates holding a diploma in pharmacy are also eligible for Pharm. D course provided they fulfil all other conditions as well.

On the other hand, for a three-year course candidates, who have completed Bachelor of Pharmacy course from an institute recognized under the PCI, are eligible for Pharm. D course. They must have completed higher secondary education or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics or Biology subjects.

Course Curriculum for Pharmacy

A student pursuing a Pharmacy course at UG/PG/Diploma/PhD level will be studying the course curriculum including specialised topics, assignments, projects, industrial training, internship, etc. Moreover, the curriculum of Pharmacy courses also includes communication skills develelopment, environmental science studies, ethical practices and regulations of Pharmacy Council of India. Here we have provided Pharmacy course curriculum at different levels:

Pharmacy Courses

Course name


Diploma in Pharmacy Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutical Chemistry


Biochemistry & Clinical Pathology

Human Anatomy & Physiology

Human Education and

Community Pharmacy

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Drugs Store and Business Management

Hospital and Clinical Pharmacy

Pharm. D Human Anatomy and Physiology


Medicinal Biochemistry

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Remedial Mathematics/ Biology


Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Pharmacognosy & Phyto-pharmaceuticals


Community Pharmacy


Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Formulations

Hospital Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy

Biostatistics & Research Methodology

Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Clinical Toxicology

Clinical Research

Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring

B. Pharm Human Anatomy and Physiology

Pharmaceutical Analysis


Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Communication skills

Remedial Biology/Remedial Mathematics

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry



Computer Applications in Pharmacy

Environmental sciences

Physical Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Medicinal Chemistry


Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Industrial Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Herbal Drug Technology

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Quality Assurance

Herbal Drug Technology

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Pharmacy Practice

Novel Drug Delivery System

Biostatistics and Research Methodology

Social and Preventive Pharmacy

Pharma Marketing Management

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science


Quality Control and Standardization of Herbals

Computer Aided Drug Design

Cell and Molecular Biology

Cosmetic Science

Experimental Pharmacology

Advanced Instrumentation Techniques

Dietary Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics


Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Drug Delivery System

Modern Pharmaceutics

Regulatory Affair

Molecular Pharmaceutics (NanoTech and Targeted DDS)

Advanced Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Computer Aided Drug Delivery System

Cosmetic and Cosmeceuticals

MPharm in Industrial Pharmacy Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques


Formulation Development

Novel drug delivery systems

Intellectual Property Rights

Advanced Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

Scale up and Technology Transfer

Pharmaceutical Production Technology

Entrepreneurship Management

MPharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Advanced Medicinal chemistry

Chemistry of Natural Products

Advanced Spectral Analysis

Computer Aided Drug Design

Pharmaceutical Process Chemistry

MPharm in Pharmaceutical Analysis Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmaceutical Validation

Food Analysis

Advanced Instrumental Analysis

Modern Bio-Analytical Techniques

Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Herbal and Cosmetic Analysis

MPharm in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Analytical Techniques

Quality Management System

Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Product Development and Technology Transfer

Hazards and Safety Management

Pharmaceutical Validation

Audits and Regulatory Compliance

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology

MPharm in Regulatory Affairs Good Regulatory Practices

Documentation and Regulatory Writing

Clinical Research Regulations

Regulations and Legislation for Drugs & Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Biologicals & Herbals, and Food & Nutraceuticals In India and Intellectual Property Rights

Regulatory Aspects of Drugs & Cosmetics

Regulatory Aspects of Herbal & Biologicals

Regulatory Aspects of Medical Devices

Regulatory Aspects of Food & Nutraceuticals

MPharm in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Microbial and Cellular Biology

Bioprocess Engineering and Technology

Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Proteins and protein Formulation


Bioinformatics and Computer Technology

Biological Evaluation of Drug Therapy

MPharm in Pharmacy Practice Clinical Pharmacy Practice


Hospital & Community Pharmacy

Clinical Research

Principles of Quality Use of Medicines

Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Pharmaco-epidemiology & Pharmaco-economics

MPharm in Pharmacology Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Pharmacology

Pharmacological and Toxicological Screening Methods

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

Principles of Drug Discovery

Experimental Pharmacology practical

MPharm in Pharmacognosy Modern Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques

Advanced Pharmacognosy


Industrial Pharmacognostical Technology

Medicinal Plant biotechnology

Indian system of medicine

Herbal cosmetics

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