Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 5 Years Program

Program length: Fulltime, 5 Years

Entry Requirements:

* F.Sc (Pre-Medical) 60% or A-Levels equivalent with chemistry and biology or

* B. Sc with at least 50% marks

* Entry test of university

Curriculum of Pharm. D:

There are five different themes within the Pharm. D program. What they are and some of the ways they fit together are as follows:

  1. Pharmaceutical Chemistry:

Chemistry is concerned with the molecular properties of drugs–the active ingredients within medicines. It addresses the synthesis of drugs, their reactivity with other molecules and the analysis of drugs. Chemistry in a Pharmacy context is chiefly organic chemistry and is often specifically referred to as pharmaceutical or medicinal chemistry. The focus is on understanding the physical properties, chemical synthesis, manufacture, and formulation of medicines.

The subjects included in Pharmaceutical chemistry department are:

Pharmaceutical Chemistry–I (Organic Chemistry)

Pharmaceutical Chemistry–II (Biochemistry)

Pharmaceutical Chemistry–III (Pharmaceutical Analysis)

Pharmaceutical Chemistry–IV (Medicinal Chemistry)

  1. Basic Medical Sciences:

The Basic Medical Sciences focus on all aspects of biology that define and influence the human condition. Emphasis is placed on understanding the normal human health condition, mechanisms of current treatment and the search for cures. The scientific principles presented are fundamental to all aspects of modern research and technology and thus impact diverse areas of pharmaceuticals. Once the drug is delivered to its site of action in or on the body, there is the matter of how it works. Pharmacology is the study of the actions of drugs on living tissues. Obviously, for a Pharmacy course the main interest is how drugs work for their curative effects on human patients. At the heart of Pharmacology is the study of how drugs work at the molecular level, but it is also more than that. The Pharmacy student studies how the body works in health and disease (incorporating genetics, biochemistry, immunology, physiology, pathology and microbiology) to better understand how drugs have their therapeutic effects and are used to benefit patients.

The subjects included under this department are:


Anatomy & Histology


Pharmacology & Therapeutics –I (Basic)

Pharmacology & Therapeutics –II (Advanced)

  1. Pharmaceutics:

Pharmaceutics is the study of relationships between drug formulation, delivery, disposition and clinical response. When the pharmacist has a safe and effective drug molecule, a significant challenge is to get the drug to the correct place in the body, in the correct concentration and for the proper duration of time for it to have its therapeutic effect, to cure or relieve the patient. This is where the Pharmaceutics theme comes in. The drug has to be incorporated with other ingredients (excipients) into a medicine. The medicine might be a tablet to be taken by mouth, it might be a cream to apply to the skin, or it could be a powder to be inhaled into the lungs. Pharmaceutics is concerned with the design and manufacture of these and other types of medicines; injections, eye drops, etc to an appropriate quality standard. The subjects included in this department are:

Pharmaceutics-I (Physical Pharmacy)

Pharmaceutics–II (Dosage form science)

Pharmaceutics–III (Pharmaceutical Microbiology & Immunology)

Pharmaceutics – IV (Industrial Pharmacy)

Pharmaceutics – V (Bio pharmaceutics)

Pharmaceutics – VI (Pharmaceutical Quality Management)

Pharmaceutics – VII (Pharmaceutical Technology)

  1. Pharmacognosy:

Pharmacognosy is the study of bioactive natural substances found in terrestrial and marine organisms (plants, animals, or microbes). Research in pharmacognosy is important because it leads to new forms of biotechnology; new types of therapeutic agents; new molecular probes that can be used to study molecular/cell biology; New pest controls to help protect crops; increased understanding of the pharmacological, ecological and biochemical roles of molecules produced by nature; information on herbal medicines; and new methods for the analysis of drugs, toxins and herbal preparations. The subjects included in this department are:

Pharmacognosy-I (Basic)

Pharmacognosy–II (Advanced)

  1. Pharmacy Practice:

Pharmacy Practice comprises the clinical, social and legal aspects to Pharmacy.  Pharmacy Practice is perhaps best thought of as the study and development of skills in the interaction of the pharmacist with doctors, nurses and other health professionals, non-professional careers (family and friends) and, most importantly, patients themselves. Students learn to check and dispense prescriptions, to give advice on the use of medicines, to manage patients’ conditions by the use of medicines sold from the pharmacy or, increasingly, prescribed by the pharmacist him/herself. The subjects included are:

Pharmacy Practice – I (Pharmaceutical Mathematics & Biostatics)

Pharmacy Practice–II (Dispensing, Community, Social & Administrative Pharmacy)

Pharmacy Practice–III (Computer & Its Applications in Pharmacy)

Pharmacy Practice–IV (Hospital Pharmacy)

Pharmacy Practice–V (Clinical Pharmacy–I)

Pharmacy Practice–VI (Clinical Pharmacy–II)

Pharmacy Practice–VII (Forensic Pharmacy)

Pharmacy Practice – VIII (Pharmaceutical Management & Marketing)

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