Advanced PG Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine

Key Facts

12 Months
Max. Duration
24 Months


Pharmaceutical medicine is branch of medical science that deals with the discovery, development, evaluation, registration, monitoring and medical aspects of marketing of drugs for the advantage of patients and public health. While there are no distinct boundaries of pharmaceutical medicine, at its heart is the evaluation of new therapies in humans and the translation of basic medical research into new treatments, protection and well-being of patients enrolled in clinical studies, and knowing more about the safety of drugs and their risk-benefit ratio. Pharmaceutical physicians find employment in the pharma-biotech industry, drug regulatory agencies and clinical research organizations, and always remain in close contact with practicing physicians and the academia.

Pharmaceutical medicine is now recognized as a global scientific discipline and plays an important role in getting safe and effective treatments to the marketplace. Pharmaceutical physicians need excellent inter-personal skills to coordinate their research and development efforts with other industry experts, organisations and regulatory agencies worldwide.

The goal of the online Pharmaceutical Medicine program conducted by James Lind Institute is to produce certified professionals who have extensive skills and competency in the development and maintenance of pharmaceuticals, knowledge of global pharmaceutical regulations, drug safety and marketing of healthcare products.

The program 'Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine - APGDPM' from James Lind Institute is an officially accepted qualification for membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, London (MFPM)

The APGDPM program provides you with the know-how of the complete value chain from molecule to marketplace.


The program is comprised of 12 modules that can be completed in about 12 months. For a detailed list of modules covered in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

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Module 1: Introduction to Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Industry
Module 2: Epidemiology
Module 3: Pharmaceutical Medicine
Module 4: Non-Clinical Testing for Toxicity of Pharmaceuticals
Module 5: Animal Models in Biomedical Research
Module 6: Drug Discovery & Formulations
Module 7: Drug Delivery
Module 8: Ethics in Clinical Research
Module 9: Clinical Pharmacology & Pharmacokinetics
Module 10: Clinical Trial Management
Module 11: Leadership and Working in Complex Organizations
Module 12: Knowledge Management, Data & Statistics
Module 13: Principles of Pharmacovigilance
Module 14: Pharmacovigilance & Selected Organ System Classes
Module 15: Global Pharmacovigilance & Safety Standards
Module 16: Pharmacovigilance Regulations & Guidelines
Module 17: Pharmacoepidemiology
Module 18: Regulatory Affairs
Module 19: Health Economics


What is a credit?

A credit represents the amount of effort that is required to complete the program. Each module credit is equal to approximately 20 hours of study including lecture, tutorial, projects, assignment, field work etc. as may be applicable.

The curriculum for the program – Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine is extensive, has been developed and evaluated by experienced industry professionals and is fully endorsed by the industry. Not only is this program suitable for new graduates but also for working professionals who either wish to grow further in their career, or those who wish to make a move to the pharmaceutical sector from any other related industry.

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Important Dates

Next Start Date: 1 June 2024
Application Deadline: 31 May 2024


  • Multiple Choice Questions

    Each lesson that you study online will be followed by a multiple choice question test. These usually comprise of 15 to 20 questions and can be attempted multiple times if needed. Pass percentage is 60%. The next unit in the sequence only unlocks once you have passed the test.

  • Project Work

    Each module is followed by a project or an assignment. This is like writing an essay in 1000 to 1500 words. The project topic and the guidelines to be followed will be available in your account.

Academic Support

As a student you can interact online with the faculty members and fellow students to network and to discuss important topics via your e-Campus. The faculty can be contacted via personal messaging, emails, or phone, if required.

Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance via our “Student Success Team”.

In addition, soon after enrolment, each participant registered in this course is provided with a mentor who is an experienced professional from the clinical research industry. The mentor can be contacted at any time via email for career guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

The minimum eligibility criteria for this program would include either of the following:

– Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
– Any degree in Medicine such as MBBS, BDS, BPT, etc
– Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
– Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
– Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.
– Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.

If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply upon recommendation of your supervisor if you have some prior work experience in this field. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.

Document Requirements
  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor’s degree
Language Requirements

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking).

No proof is required.


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Career Opportunities

People with training in pharmaceutical medicine can explore multiple career opportunities in the area of pharmaceutical R & D. Pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, and regulatory agencies are some common employers of pharmaceutical medicine professionals.

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 12 months. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Each unit within each course will be followed by a short multiple-choice question test. Once you pass, the next unit will activate for you to study. You can take these tests as many times as you need to.

In addition, you will be required to submit assignments for each course. Assignments are like essay or paper writing, usually of 1000 – 1500 words. Guidelines on how to write them will be available in your account.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

At this time any graduation ceremony is not conducted for short duration programs like this one. Completion documents are sent to you by post or courier.

We recommend that you invest 10 to 15 hours per week in order to be able to complete within the prescribed program duration.

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