Welcome to Department of Basic Medical Sciences at Salim Habib University. The Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) is committed to create and disseminate knowledge through world-class integrated basic medical and pharmaceutical research.

Pharmacology is a fundamental discipline of all medical and pharmaceutical specialties and community. Pharmacologists are the experts in drug actions and targets, their testing and application to humans and in community.

The department comprised of experienced faculty members to provide research design, developing models and methods, data management, biostatistical, and other research support services to young researchers.

The department will provide good study and research platforms, a harmonious campus atmosphere, and great creativity and leadership practice opportunities. The department also helps to establish interdisciplinary research platforms, create an interdisciplinary research atmosphere, and provide chances to transfer the scientific research results. Using interdisciplinary approaches, BMS faculty will perform hypothesis-driven investigations to reveal mechanisms that underlie biological processes and human disease and collaborate with clinical researchers to facilitate the development of novel diagnostics, therapies and preventive measures.

The MPhil and PhD graduate programs prepare students to become pharmacologists and assume challenging positions in academia, industry, and government agencies.

If you are a prospective graduate student and an exciting and rewarding career in pharmacology appeals to you, please don't hesitate to contact our office for further details on applying to one of our programs.

Prof. Dr. Noor Kamil
Department of Basic Medical Sciences

The Department of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) not only caters undergraduate Pharm. D program but also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Department emphasizes integrative studies that are applicable to human health.

The teaching of the department is integrated along structural and functional lines in order to provide students a solid background and understanding of various basic medical sciences to serve as lifelong foundation for clinical practice. Faculty takes pride in achieving excellence in education, research and applied clinical skills.

The research interests of faculty members of the Department are diverse, including immunology & gastrointestinal pharmacology, neuropharmacology & cancer research in addition to educational research.


To be a nationally renowned and international acknowledged department for excellence in Basic Medical Sciences with a holistic approach to integrated teaching, learning and Clinical skills, as well as quality research for improving human health.


  • To provide the highest academic, administrative and research standards in medical and pharmaceutical sciences.
  • To deliver integrated learning in health sciences, linking the basic and applied basic medical science to benefit the community at large.


M. Phil. is a good option for those interested in building research skills while setting themselves up for the opportunity to advance to a PhD. The M. Phil. Program is comprised of a body of coursework, fortified by a research project and thesis. Students participating in laboratory-based research will have opportunities to receive training in relevant laboratory techniques.

M. Phil. program recognize and reinforce the ability of students to integrate knowledge and formulate judgments. Students are also directed to take account of social and ethical issues and responsibilities and also reflect experience of managing change in a complex environment. The learning process at this level is associated with independent working with other people at the same level or higher. All feasible efforts are made by the department to provide students an opportunity to develop the work or learning according to student’s scholastic interest.

During the course of M. Phil. training, students will be presented with unfamiliar learning situations and will be required to solve problems that involve many obscure and interacting factors. Many such factors are typically variable, making the learning context complex and unpredictable. The overall impact of these exercises is to; ensure a highly specialized education and its application in problem solving to ensure access to employment requiring decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations and Nurture independent learning ability required for continuing professional development Career progression within the respective field.


  • To integrate the basic research with applied aspects of health system.
  • To acquire new expertise in pharmacology and toxicology.
  • To apply the basic research tools into clinical scenarios to find evidence-based solutions.
  • To explore new avenues for the treatment of rare diseases.
  • To strengthen the experimental and clinical pharmacology of common ailments prevalent in the community.


  • Provide an understanding of modern and integrated concepts in basic and applied pharmacology by recognizing and applying subject-specific theories, paradigms, and concepts.
  • Develop skills to apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Recognize the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.
  • Develop the ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding, while addressing such questions as content, context, aims, objectives, quality of information, and its interpretation and application.
  • Develop the ability to employ a variety of methods of study in investigating, recording, analyzing and reporting research findings.
  • To enable students to understand modern concepts of health and disease, opportunities and dilemmas and apply knowledge to impact changes that can positively impact clinical research.


  • BPharm/PharmD, MBBS or equivalent qualification from HEC & PCP recognized institutions with a minimum of 2.5 cGPA/60% marks.
  • Test/ interview as per university admission policy.
  • Any other conditions as prescribed by the HEC and PCP for the degree program

Duration: The program shall be completed in 2 to 4 years. advance

Prospects and Career Pathway:

The M. Phil. Pharmacology program is designed to produce competent, confident and productive pharmacologists who can continue their passion for research and learning onto PhD training or have a successful career in academia and industry straightaway.

The program aims to educate graduate students with broad-based integrated concepts of basic health sciences coupled with pharmacological advancements in the field of research-based education, to integrate the desired attributes of knowledge, skills and attitude as outcomes.

The program will enable them to acquire better future prospects and employments options in pharmaceutical industries, research laboratories, as well as become part of graduate academic institutions, all of which have huge career prospects. This will also develop their entrepreneurial skills, which coupled with their drug development skills will enable them to launch their own drug product and get it patented. The evidence-based studies will enable them to assess the need of intervention in healthcare and community settings, whereby, pharmacists and researchers could eventually play a significant role, as well as, identify their entrepreneurial forte.

Coursework: Course work of 24 credit hours in the first year is required to be completed with a minimum of 3.0 cGPA on a scale of 4.0.

Course Scheme

Course Distribution:

Year 1
Semester I Semester II
Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
PHM 701 Advanced Pharmacology I (Major I) 3 PHM 702 Advance Pharmacology II (Major II) 3
PHM 703 Biostatistics in Healthcare (CORE I) 3 PHM 704 Pharmacoepidemiology (CORE II) 3
PHM 705 Pharmacological Research and Bioethics (Major II) 3 PHM 706 Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics (CORE III) 3
PHM ___ Elective I or III 3 PHM ___ Elective II or IV 3
JC-1 Journal Club NC JC-1 Journal Club NC
Total 12 Total 12
Year 1 (Semester 1+ Semester 2) = 24
Sr. No Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
1 PHM 703 Biostatistics in Healthcare (CORE I) 3
2 PHM 704 Pharmacoepidemiology (CORE II) 3
3 PHM 706 Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics (CORE III) 3
Sr. No Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
1 PHM 701 Advanced Pharmacology I (Major I) 3
2 PHM 702 Advance Pharmacology II (Major III) 3
3 PHM 705 Pharmacological Research and Bioethics (Major II) 3
Sr. No Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
1 PHM 707 Endocrine & Gastrointestinal Pharmacology (Elective I) 3
2 PHM 708 Clinical Toxicology (Elective II) 3
3 PHM 709 Chemotherapy (Elective III) 3
4 PHM 710 Clinical Pharmacology (Elective IV) 3

Dr. Noor Kamil (HEC Approved PhD Supervisor)

Professor & Dean


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Faculty Members


Dr. Mudassar Azhar

Associate Professor & Chairperson

Email: mudassar.azhar@shu.edu.pk

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Dr. Rahela Ikram


Email: rahela.ikram@shu.edu.pk

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Dr. Jamshed Arslan

Assistant Professor

Email: jamshed.arslan@shu.edu.pk

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Mr. Raheel Saeed


Email: raheel.saeed@shu.edu.pk

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