Questionable Path – Pharmacy at MCOPS Manipal


Probably one of the most important questions that need to be answered through this article is, what exactly is pharmacy? Because most people don’t have the slightest of idea, or just assume pharmacy is limited to dispensing drugs at a chemist store.

Pharmacy is pretty much a multidisciplinary branch of health sciences that deals with studying about drugs on a molecular and cellular level, developing new chemical compositions, analyzing medicines and understanding its effects on the human body.


The beauty of this particular field is that it is has no boundaries. The enormity and vastness of the pharmaceutical industry offers a plethora of job and research opportunities. Some of the popular options being –

  • First and foremost, the industry thrives on research and development. Various government and private companies invest crores on developing new drugs which are economically more viable.
  • Secondly, analyzing and testing any of the newly developed chemical composition plays an essential role to serve the societal needs of the health care system.
  • Thirdly, management of any of the huge multi-national pharmaceutical firm requires in depth knowledge about the field as well as top notch communication skills, team work, leadership, etc.  

Pharmacy, a rather unconventional stream and generally considered as a second option for most medical college aspirants, has grown leaps and bounds over the past two decades. The Indian pharmaceutical market is the 3rd largest in terms of volume and 13th largest in terms of value. In order to address the growing needs of the pharmaceutical industry, future pharmacists need to be empowered and sensitized.

Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of the leading educational institutes for studying pharmacy and its various aspects. MCOPS provides hands-on training through its various comprehensive BPharm, PharmD and DPharm courses. These courses aim to integrate professional knowledge and skills with research competencies.


MCOPS, well known for its laboratories has got state-of-the art formulation development laboratories and infrastructure to carry out research. With sophisticated equipment like high-performance Liquid Chromatography System, UV Spectrophotometer etc, the college conducts various research programs for the post graduate and doctorate students.

Students of the college have full access to the health sciences library, which is one of the best in the country. It provides access to a range of databases on the campus network, e-resources and a vast number of reference books.


A variety of combination of subjects is offered in the college, to make the students well adept with several pharmaceutical sciences. Few of the many subjects taught during the course duration include pharmacology, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, medicinal chemistry, microbiology. Academically speaking, all the professors are very approachable, most of them having a doctorate degree.

MCOPS’ annual academic fest ‘PharmaQuora’, encompasses oral presentations, poster presentations, various expert talks and pharmacy related quizzes. It aims at creating a strong base in the field, in a fun- filled and competitive environment.

All in all, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, definitely lives up to its name, and being located in the student town of Manipal, provides various opportunities for self growth.

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