Journal of Clinical Pharmacy | EducationAsia

Clinical pharmacy is that branch of pharmacy which deals with providing medicinal management to the patients and associated care in all medical organizations or hospitals. Clinical Pharmacy is designed to prepare the pharmacist for an extended role as a provider of direct patient care. M.Pharma is a 2 years Post-Graduate degree course. The average course fee for this course study is from 50.000 to 1.5 Lakhs. After the completion of this degree, the degree holders are placed in the sectors like Pharmaceutical Companies, Medical Devices Manufacturing firms, Clinical Biochemist, Dispensaries, Cosmetic and perfume Companiesetc with a very high Package of salary.

Top Colleges:

There are so many top colleges in India which are offering this course study of M.Pharma in Clinical Pharmacy. The course fees for this differs from one college to another. Student always chooses those colleges where placement facilities are better. Students get admission to the colleges according to their will and rank in the entrances. Some of the topmost colleges offering this course with a good placement are listed below.


This is a post-graduate level course and the duration is two years. Before going to apply for this course the student must have clear knowledge about the courses offered, its duration, after the completion of course in which area one will be posted, etc. The details about this are clearly mentioned in the below table for an easy understnding.

Course Level 



2 years

Examination Type

 Semester type

Average Course Fee

INR 50,000 - 2 lakhs
Average Annual Starting Salary 4 Lakhs to 7 Lakhs
Placement Areas Pharmaceutical Companies, Medical Devices Manufacturing Firms, Dispensaries, Cosmetic and Perfume Companies, Consultancies, etc.
Job Types Consultant Pharmacists, Community Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistant, Dispensary Manager, Clinical Pharmacists, etc.

Areas of specialization:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharma practice
  • Industrial pharmacy
  • Pharma marketing and management
  • New drug discovery research

Courses & Eligibility:

Sometimes the application forms of the students are rejected due to the unfulfillment of eligibility criteria. Sometimes students cannot clear the entrance tests due to a lack of preparedness. So before applying for this course the students should have clear knowledge about the eligibility criteria and the entrance tests to face. The details are given below.





M.Pharma (Clinical Pharmacy) 2 years The candidate must possess a bachelor's degree in pharmacy or B.Sc in Chemistry or Biology with a minimum aggregate mark of 50%. GPAT, NIPER JEE, BITS entrance exam, SRM entrance test.

Top Recruiters:

The growth of Pharmaceutical Companies, Opening of a number of private and govt. Hospitals have created a great opportunity for the students of this background. Many more top Companies are hiring M.Pharma degree holders with a high package salary. Some of the Top recruiters are listed below.

  • Cipla
  • Serum Institute of India Ltd
  • Dr. Reddys Laboratories
  • Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Abbott India Ltd, etc.
  • Dispensaries
  • Medical Device Manufacturing Firms
  • Hospitals and Healthcare Centers

Admission Process:

Admission in M.Pharma in Clinical Pharmacy is done on the basis of marks obtained in the Bachelor's Degree and performance in various entrance exams like GPAT, NIPER JEE, BITS HD Pharmacy, etc. Candidates got admission into different Pharmaceutical Science colleges according to their score in the entrance test as well as their performance at the Bachelors level. Top colleges are allotted according to their rank in the entrance test.


M.pharma in clinical Pharmacy is a two years post-graduation course. The syllabus of this course study is divided into four semesters. The syllabus of M.pharma in Clinical Pharmacy is the same in every college. In the first and second semester, the subjects are studied while in the Third and fourth seminar and Project works are done. The detailed syllabus is given below.

Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Methodology & IPR
Pharmaco Therapeutics -I Pharmaco Therapeutics - II
Hospital & Community Pharmacy Clinical Research and Development
Clinical Pharmacy Practice Advanced Hospital Pharmacy Management
Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Applications Dissertation
Seminar and Project Work Seminar and Project Work


Skills Required:

Skills are the expertise or talent needed in order to do a job or task. There are many types of skills that help a person to become successful in all aspects of life. Skills can be natural or acquired. But job skills are gained by too much practice and training. There are some essential skills required to become a successful Pharmacist which are mentioned below.

  • Interest in life sciences and medicines
  • Hard-working
  • Strong logical thinking
  • Patience and sense of responsibility
  • Counseling skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Professional attitude

Top Entrances:

There are different methods for taking admission into M.pharma in Clinical Pharmacy. One is merit-based and another one is entrance based. Now M.Pharma has become the most popular course in India, and for this reason, conducts a graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test(GPAT). But some other colleges conduct their own entrance tests. Some of the top entrance tests are being conducted for this are listed below.

  • Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
  •  National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research Joint Entrance Exam (NIPER JEE)
  • Birla Institute of Technical Science (BITS) Entrance Exam.
  • Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences Entrance Exam
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology Entrance Exam.
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth Pharmacy (BVP) College, Entrance Test.

Careers & Job Prospects:

In the Health Care Sector, there is a vast growing demand for Pharmacists. They analyze data for publication, design studies, and oversee clinical development strategies. After the completion of this course, they are posted as Consultant Pharmacist, Dispensary Manager, Clinical Research Analyst, Clinical Biochemist and clinical Recruiter with a handsome salary package. The details regarding their job profiles, job description and annual average salary are mention below for a clear understanding.

Job Profile

Job Description

Average Salary Per Annum

Consultant Pharmacist The Consultant Pharmacist provides a dynamic link between clinical practice and service development by creating new models for delivering patient care ensuring the best experience and outcomes for patients from their medicines whenever and wherever their care is delivered. 2 - 3 lakhs
Dispensary Manager The Dispensary Manager's work roles include scheduling, training, providing policy and procedure updates, keeping updated with industry news and product information. 6 - 7 lakhs
Clinical Research Analyst The job entails working with physicians or scientists who oversee clinical research. Research analysts may also interact directly with patients by screening them as potential candidates or collecting data needed for the study. 3 - 4 lakhs
Clinical Biochemist Clinical biochemists are responsible for testing patient samples and interpreting the results for medical staff. They work as part of a hospital medical team that is responsible for investigating and diagnosing patient illnesses, designing experiments to test theories about how chemicals function in the body. 2 - 3 lakhs
Clinical Recruiter A clinical recruiter identifies qualified candidates for health care positions. As a clinical recruiter, your job duties include determining the kind of employee the company needs, searching applicant pools to find job seekers who fit those needs and coordinating with the human resources department to move good candidates through the hiring process 5 - 6 lakhs


Q:  What is the difference between a hospital pharmacist and a clinical pharmacist?
  Clinical pharmacist includes hospital pharmacist and community pharmacist. They are the people who work in the healthcare field and have the main role in drug prescription. Hospital pharmacist is referred to those who work in a hospital.

Q:  Where do clinical pharmacists work?
  While regular pharmacists normally work in a pharmacy, a clinical pharmacist works directly with medical professionals and patients, usually in a medical center, hospital, or health care unit. The job of the clinical pharmacist is to determine the best medications for a given symptom for a patient at a given time.

Q: What are the job roles of a Clinical Pharmacist?

A: After completing M. Pharma in Clinical Pharmacy, the students are placed as Consultants Pharmacists, Dispensary Manager, Pharmacy Assistant, Community Pharmacist, Clinical Biochemist, Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Research Analyst, etc.

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