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Course content

Asymmetric synthesis: asymmetric alkylation of carbonyl compopunds, asymmetric aldolcondensations, asymmetric oxidations and reductions, asymmetric cylisation reactions and asymmetric reactions in the synthesis of natural products.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course

  • you have an overview of the principle and practice of asymmetric synthesis.
  • you can compile and give a seminar on a given topic



PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM5270 – Synthetic Organic Chemistry


The course comprises 25 hours of lectures and 15 hours of exercises. In addition you have to give a seminar on a given topic concerning the total synthesis of a natural substance. The seminar has to be approved before you can take the exam.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46). If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.


Oral examination counts 100 % of final grade. In addition you have to give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar has to be approved before you can take the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2013

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish. The course is canselled autumn 2017.


Autumn 2013

Every fourth semester.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

English if requested by English-speaking Master or PhD students, otherwise Norwegian.