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What After M.Pharm: Check Career Scope and Future Prospects

Cyril Titus Zachariah
Cyril Titus ZachariahUpdated On: February 08, 2022 05:35 pm IST

The industry of Pharmacy has been expeditiously growing, which has resulted in the lack of qualified and skilled professional, capable of undertaking complicated tasks. After pursuing M.Pharm, graduates will be able to pursue immensely lucrative career paths and build a good career of themselves.

Career Scope of M.Pharm

Pharmacy is one of the faster-growing industries in the healthcare sector and bein one of the key elements for maintaining the sector, a need for specialists in the field are required. After graduating from one of the many M.Pharm courses offered in India, the career scope and future prospects are immense and lucrative.

Like various healthcare industries, pharmacy requires skills and qualified specialists, who have in-depth knowledge and understanding of different fields of Pharmacy. Some of the prominent areas of specialisations where M.Pharm graduates are recruited include pharmaceutics, oncology pharmacy, pharmaceutical chemistry, psychiatry pharmacy, infectious diseases pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, and many more.

In this article, we shall talk about the different job profiles, areas of specialisations, areas and sectors of employment, as well as the average initial salary, offered to M.Pharm graduates.

Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm)

M.Pharm is a 2-year postgraduate programme offered across M.Pharm colleges in India, where aspirants are able to pursue higher education in one of the specialisations of Pharmacy. B. Pharm graduates who wish to pursue a higher and specialisation education in the field can choose one of the following pharmacy specialisations that offer a lucrative career scope and future prospects:

  • M.Pharm in Biotechnology

  • M.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Assurance

  • M.Pharm in Pharmacology

  • M.Pharm in Medicinal Chemistry

  • M.Pharm in Industrial Pharmacy

  • M.Pharm in Regulatory Affairs

  • M.Pharm in Pharmacognosy

  • M.Pharm in Pharmaceutics

The specialisations that have been mentioned above are just some of the specialisations on offer in the pharmacy colleges of India. For those aspiring to build a specialisation-based career in pharmacy, they are advised to pursue any one of the different specialisations available.

Higher Education Prospects

While it may seem a stretch, but M.Pharm graduates will also be able to pursue higher education if they are interested to do so. While there are limited options with regards to the courses which can be pursued by an M.Pharm graduate, higher education has the capability to enhance a graduates chances of grabbing a lucrative career path as well. Here are some of the options that are available to an M.Pharm graduate:

  • Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Pharmacy or a Pharmacy specialisation: Aspirants who are interested in furthering their academic standing can pursue a PhD programme. Those interested in research and studying the different aspects of Pharmacy or just wish to add to the sea of information can pursue doctoral studies. With their knowledge and understanding of the different subjects of pharmacy, graduates will be able to grab lucrative positions in various pharmaceutical companies and organisations.

  • MBA / PGDM: For those interested in pursuing a managerial career path in the field of Pharmacy can choose to pursue an MBA or PGDM programme. While it may seem unnecessary, pursuing a valid MBA or PGDM programme will improve one’s chances of being recruited to a managerial position.

  • LLB: Another valuable option available to the graduates include pursuing a law programme. This option is valid for those interested in legal aspects of the industry. With their knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, graduates will stand a better chance of being employed as a corporate lawyer for a pharmaceutical company.

MBA Course Details

PGDM Course Details

LLB Course Details

Pharma.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Course Details

Career Prospects of M.Pharm

While pursuing higher education can improve the chances of grabbing a lucrative job profile, the career prospects of M.Pharm graduates are equally impressive. Graduates of M.Pharm will be able to pursue a lucrative career path in their field of specialisation due to the lack of specialised professionals who are skilled and qualified to intricacies of the field. Here are some of the job profiles and areas of employment available to an M.Pharm graduate.

Area of Employment/Job Profile

Description

Pharmacology/Pharmacologist

  • Researching, Developing and Testing New Drugs to understand its effects under different parameters.

  • Ensuring that all new medicines/drugs are in compliance with the regulations outlined by the Pharmacy Council.

  • Ensuring that the appropriate instructions, dosages and side-effect of the medicine are mentioned.

Drug and Quality Control

  • They re-check and conduct quality-control checks to ensure that drugs are up to the standards and guidelines of the Council.

  • Quality Assurance in respect to the standards as set by the Pharmaceutical Company prior, during and after production.

  • Supervisory in nature.

Pharmacognosy

  • Research and development based work profile.

  • Research, Development and testing of medicines in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy

Oncology Pharmacist

  • Research and Testing of Medicine relevant for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer

  • Managing and Minimising the use and wastage of drugs used during chemotherapy.

  • Managing the After Effects of cancer-drugs, removal of toxicities of the treatment and providing immediate patient care.

Pharmacist

  • Dispersion and distribution of medicines as per medications.

  • Educating patients on dosages, effects, and other vital information regarding medicines.

These are just some of the popular job profiles that are offered to M.Pharm graduates along with many others. While these are popular and lucrative career paths to choose from, the packages and the career scope also depends on various other factors including the area of employment, the reputation of the college or institute that awarded the degree, etc. Here are some of the areas and sectors of employment where an M.Pharm graduate will be able to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Sector of Employment

Description

Government Sector

  • Job opportunities are immense and candidates are usually recruited through recruitment exams.

  • Annual Packages offered to Pharmacy graduates range anywhere between ₹45,000 - ₹65,000 per month.

  • No specific job roles are available for M.Pharm graduates but M.Pharm graduates are still eligible for the positions.

Private Sector

  • Job opportunities are immense and recruitment is usually done based on the merit of the candidate.

  • Initial Annual packages offered to M.Pharm graduates may range anywhere between ₹20,000 - ₹40,000 per month.

  • M.Pharm graduates will be able to pursue job profiles based on their specialisations, thus increasing their chances of employment.

As has been mentioned in the table above, M.Pharm graduates will be able to pursue a career in the field of their specialisation, mostly in the private sector. While the initial salaries offered to the graduates may seem low, in comparison to that of a Government Sector job, with proper skill, experience and knowledge, an M.Pharm graduate will be able to build a successful and profitable career. Check out some of the top companies for M.Pharm graduates in India.

  • Cipla Limited

  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited

  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

  • Glenmark Pharma Limited

  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited

  • Lupin Limited

  • Abbott India Limited

  • Biocon Limited

  • Divis Laboratories Limited

While these are among the top pharmaceutical companies in India currently, there are thousands of equally reputable and recognised organisations and pharmaceutical industries across India in requirement of skilled and qualified specialists in the field of pharmacy. As mentioned above, the initial salary of a candidate may differ depending on various factors such as specialisation chosen, the company you are enrolled in, the reputation of the degree awarded to the candidate along with the existing skills and qualifications of the candidate along with other factors.

Top M.Pharm Colleges in India 2020

Some of the Top M.Pharm colleges in India are listed below:-

S.No.

Name of the College

Location

Approximate Annual Fees

1

Krupanidhi Group of Institutions

Bangalore, Karnataka

Rs 1,04,000/-

2

Ganpat University

Mehsana, Gujarat

Rs 1,41,880/-

3

GITAM University

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Rs 4,40,000/-

4

Suresh Gyan Vihar University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rs 1,20,000/-

5

Shyam Institute of Engineering & Technology

Dausa, Rajasthan

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6

Acharya Institute of Technology

Bangalore, Karnataka

Rs 1,75,000/-

7

CT Group of Institutes

Jalandhar, Punjab

Rs 1,27,000/-

8

Jamia Hamdard

New Delhi, Delhi

Rs 1,85,000/-

9

Al Ameen College of Pharmacy

Bangalore, Karnataka

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10.

AU College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Rs 1,50,000

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FAQs

Is M. Pharma difficult to study?

Yes, the course can indeed be challenging at times. It involves the study of drugs and their uses. The syllabus and the course itself are also demanding but also yield immense results, with being some of the high-earning income groups.

What is the scope of pharmaceutical analysis in a pharmacy career?

Pharmaceutical analysis is vital to various sectors in the pharma industry, such as research and development (R&D) and quality assurance (QC). The pharmaceutical analysis measures the quality, purity, efficiency, and safety of both the raw sample and the final product.

Why M. Pharm?

The M. Pharm program provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge of drug practices and the field. This course encourages students to think analytically and to conduct research.

Which government jobs an M. Pharm student gets?

There are various options an M. Pharm student can opt for. Here are a few examples: UPSC, Drug Inspector, civil services exam- IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, Bank Jobs, Pharmacist- medical jobs in a government hospital, ESIC, AIIM, Railway, etc., Teaching, Scientist, Technician in Medical College and many more.

Is it possible to pursue M. Pharma part-time?

Yes, many colleges in India offer various distance learning courses for M. Pharm all over India.

Can I be called a Doctor (DR.) if I study M. Pharm?

According to PCI guidelines, one can only use the Dr prefix in one condition that is if the student has studied the Pharm D Course. One cannot be considered a Doctor with M. Pharm Degree.

What is the expected salary of an M. Pharm?

The salary for an M. Pharm can vary depending upon the job profile of their work. The expected salary for Jobs in Government Sector is ? 45000/- to ? 65000/- per month and for Private Sector it is ? 20,000/- to ? 40,000/- per month.
 

Is an M.Pharm course worth doing after a B.Pharm in India?

Yes, if you want to grow in your career aspect and wish to learn more, then the M. Pharm is worth doing after B. Pharm. In addition to, getting admission to M. Pharm, GPAT is mandatory.

Which specialization of an M.Pharm is the best to pursue in India?

Those seeking a more promising career path can major in an M. Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice, and Pharmaceutical Management & Regulatory Affairs are the best options as they offer the highest hiring rate. 

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