M.Sc. Pharmacology

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Master of Science in Pharmacology is a postgraduate Pharmacy course. Pharmacology is the branch of medicine and biology concerned with the study of drug action. The course includes the formulate hypotheses in specific area of pharmacological research and test them through active research. M.Sc. Pharmacology trains the budding doctors with knowledge of correct prescription writing and its medico-legal importance. Also help in order to excel them as good academicians or a research scholar. The duration of the course is two years and it is career orienting in nature that opens many jobs for them after its successful completion.

How is M.Sc. Pharmacology Course Beneficial?    

•    It is beneficial to understand pharmacology in depth with understanding of the rational use of drugs, clinical pharmacology and to prepare good quality teachers. Introducing students to advances in teaching technology, computer Aided Learning, internet patent laws and procedures, research & developments etc.
•    Degree serves as a basis for further higher studies in this field such as Ph.D. and M.Phil. for research work.
•    They can become clinical biochemist; here they analyze and interpret data relating to patients’ samples to assist with the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
•    Candidates can also become medical sales representative. They work strategically to increase the awareness and use of a company's pharmaceutical and medical products in settings such as general practices, primary care trusts and hospitals.



•    The basic eligibility criterion for pursuing M.Sc. (Pharmacology) degree is M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. and has secured at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates) or B.V.Sc./B.Pharm. or B.Sc. degree course (3 years) or Bachelor of Physio-therapy (41/2 years course) with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST candidates).
•    Some reputed colleges and institutes do conduct entrance examination to get admission to their M.Sc. (Pharmacology) degree course.


Syllabus of Pharmacology as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

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Subjects of Study


Theory Examination


(Section I) General pharmacological principles and allied sciences 




Molecular Biology in Pharmacology


Isolation of Compounds from Herbal Sources


Wonder Discoveries in Pharmacology


(Section II) Systemic Pharmacology 


  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Central nervous system
  • Autocoids
  • Drugs affecting kidney function and Cardiovascular system
  • Drugs affecting gastrointestinal and respiratory system
  • Drugs affecting uterine motility
  • Chemotherapy of parasite infections
  • Chemotherapy of microbial diseases
  • Antineoplastic agents
  • Immunomodulators
  • Drugs acting on blood and blood forming organs
  • Hormones
  • Miscellaneous


(Section III) Experimental pharmacology, bioassay and statistics and Recent advancements 


Instrumentation in Drug Analysis






Drug Regulations


Drug Development Process


Therapeutic Drug Monitoring


Practical examination


One Exercise on Intact Animal


One Exercise on Isolated Organ


One Chemical Pharmacology Exercise


•    Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli
•    Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara
•    Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
•    All India Institute of Medical Sciences - AIIMS Delhi, New Delhi

Course Suitability    

•    Students those who want to acquire the understanding of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics of drugs, their therapeutic implication in clinical practice and study of their safety profile.
•    Those who want to have research activities to develop the cost effective drugs to meet the needs of the poor socioeconomic class also are good suit for it.
•    They should have oral and written communication skills; an ability to design, retrieve, handle and interpret complex data; critical analytical and problem-solving abilities and good organizational skills.
•    Other skills are decision-making skills, the ability to manage time, knowledge of safety and teamwork.

Job Types

•    Research Scientist
•    Associate Professor
•    Manager/Chief Scientist
•    Regulatory Project Manager
•    Clinical Research Associate
•    Health Outcomes Executive
•    Regulatory Manager
•    Pharmacologist

Advance Course in M.Sc. Pharmacology

•    Ph.D. (Pharmacology)






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