Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)


Do you have an interest in Pharmacy? If yes, then you have an opportunity to pursue Pharm.D also known as Doctor of pharmacy if you are eligible for it. Pharm.D is a higher-level course to be pursued either after completion of class 12th or after pursuing a Diploma in Pharmacy. Pharm.D is the course where after achieving the degree, holders obtain exceptional skills in diagnosis, treating diseases simultaneously obtain skills of selection and usage of drugs for treating ailments and monitoring patients. Pharm.D is offered in two forms which are as follows

1. 6-year course with five years of education and one year of the internship experience. 

2. The post-baccalaureate course which is a 3-year course. 


To apply either of the courses, an applicant must be eligible for it by the criteria provided which is 

  1. 6-year Pharm.D course

  • The applicant should complete class 12 from any state/national educational board with the combination of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths or Biology and the applicant should be completed 17 years. 


  • If all the conditions are satisfied then an applicant holding a degree of Diploma in Pharmacy can also apply for the Pharm.D course.


2. 3-year Post Baccalaureate Pharm.D course

  • The Applicant should possess a degree in Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) from an institute recognized by the Pharmacy Council of India.
  • The candidate should complete class 12th taking up Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or Biology as the combination.


The syllabus for the 6-year Pharm.D course consists of ten semesters as five years of which is education and one year is for the internship. 




First Year

Semester I

Human Anatomy & Physiology


Medicinal Biochemistry

Semester II

Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Inorganic Chemistry

Remedial Mathematics/Biology

Second Year

Semester III


Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Pharmacognosy & Phytopharmaceuticals

Semester IV

Pharmacology 1

Community Pharmacy

Pharmacotherapeutics 1

Third Year

Semester V

Pharmacology 1

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Pharmacotherapeutics 2

Semester VI

Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence

Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Formulations

Fourth Year

Semester VII

Pharmacotherapeutics 2

Hospital Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy

Semester VIII

Biostatistics & Research Methodology

Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Clinical Technology

Fifth Year

Semester IX

Clinical Research

Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomic

Clinical Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacotherapeutic Drug Monitoring

Semester X


Project work (six months)

Year VI

Internship or Residency Training that includes postings in special units.

Entrance Examination

There are various entrance examinations held at National, State, and Private levels. Some of them are as follows

  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Common Entrance Test
  • GPAT
  • PMET
  • Maharashtra Common Entrance Test
  • VELS Entrance Examination
  • NIMS Entrance Examination
  • MU OET
  • Integral University Entrance Test

Top Colleges



Average Cost

Jamia Hamdard University

New Delhi, Delhi


Institute of Chemical Technology

Mumbai, Maharashtra


KLE College of Pharmacy

Hubli, Karnataka


Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Manipal, Karnataka


Poona College of Pharmacy

Pune, Maharashtra


S.R.M College of Pharmacy

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu


JSS College of Pharmacy

Mysore, Tamil Nadu


Birla Institute of Technology

Ranchi, Jharkhand


Annamalai University

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu


Nirma University

Ahmedabad, Gujarat



After pursuing the degree of Pharm.D, the degree holder is opened to various opportunities. Some of these are displayed here. He/she can get into one of these areas after pursuing Pharm.D.

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

Job Profile


Clinical Pharmacist

A Clinical Pharmacist collaborates with physicians and patients to test the successfulness of prescribed medication for patients so that the effectiveness of the medications can be maintained or changed if required.

Drug Inspector

Drug Inspectors’ work is to avoid drug piracy and hypocrisy at chemist shops and pharmaceutical companies dealing in it or producing duplicate medication which leads to an adverse effect on human life.

Analytical Chemist

The job of an Analytical Chemist is to evaluate the chemical formation and nature of the substances. They can also a part of forensic analysis, toxicology along with drug development for medicinal purposes.


The researcher has to work in a team for various projects, finding new theories and practically examining them and such activities

Retail Pharmacist

A Retail Pharmacist has to manage the purchase and sales of prescription and non-prescription medicines. They are also qualified in advising medication for various health diseases, forwarding the customer feedbacks and inquiries to the companies and such activities.


Top Recruiters

Indian Recruiters

International Recruiters

  • Lupin
  • Cipla
  • Piramal
  • Sun Pharmaceuticals
  • Aurobindo Pharma
  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
  • Pfizer
  • AbbVie
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Amgen
  • Merck


The average entry-level salary of a Pharm.D degree holder is calculated between 2 lakhs to 6 lakhs per annum.​​​​​​​


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