M.Pharm Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Overview :

This program was introduced in 2001. The course content is methodically structured and designed to prepare the students for a career in academia as well as pharmaceutical industry. In addition to this, the program empowers students to continue pursue higher studies and research activities.

The syllabus of postgraduate program provides theoretical knowledge in variety of topics related to drug design, advanced topics in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, process chemistry and analytical techniques in the first year of their academic career. The practical exercises that have been framed helps the students to get practical skills in diverse areas like analytical techniques, drug synthesis, natural product isolation, physicochemical properties, separation techniques etc. Seminars are part of the training program and it provides opportunity to develop good communication and presentation skills. In the second year of their academic program, the students are given opportunity to carry out dissertation in industry as well as reputed National laboratories.


Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a stimulating discipline which links many scientific disciplines and allows for collaboration with researchers from other disciplines like biologists, toxicologists, pharmacologists, theoretical chemists, microbiologists, and bio-pharmacists in developing new drugs. One can place himself/herself in a competitive position by having strong background in organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

This discipline offers a wide variety of job opportunities in academic environment pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies, government agencies, research laboratories. The expertise of Pharmaceutical Chemists is utilized in improving the process by which pharmaceuticals are made and thereby develop the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly process. Analytical pharmaceutical chemists are very much sought by the pharmaceutical industries for their skills in critically analyzing and manipulating the properties of drugs. Pharmaceutical chemists are involved developing stringent analytical methods to the product for ensuring purity and develop analytical methods that will be useful for toxicological and pharmacological investigations.


  • Molecular modelling based drug design
  • Advanced organic synthesis
  • In-vitro safety studies
  • Analytical method development
  • Metabolic stability studies
  • Screening of drug candidates for antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticancer activity.