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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The subject deals with the chemistry of the drug substances and how the chemical properties of the drug substances affect the biological profile of the drugs. The course deals with topics such as synthesis, stability and structural activity for the most important drug groups.

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you will have broad knowledge of general principles in medicinal chemistry and specific knowledge of the medicinal chemistry related to the most important drug groups
  • you will have broad knowledge of the preparation (including synthesis), chemical properties, stability, metabolism and structural activity (SAR) of drug substances
  • you should, based on the chemical structure of a drug substance, be able to apply principles in drug chemistry and understand possible biological properties in relation to interaction with target molecules, route of administration, formulation, biodistribution, metabolism and excretion
  • you should, based on the basis of interdisciplinary drug-related texts such as "Felleskatalog"-text, be able to explain the topics that are directly chemically related and should also be able to actively participate in discussion of other drug-related topics where these may be related to the structure and chemical properties of the drug substances
  • you can evaluate and convey results from laboratory exercises in a scientific report

Admission to the course

The course is only available to students enrolled at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

As of autumn 2021 the following formal prerequisite knowledge apply:

Course exemption:

Laws and regulations describing the overall learning outcome regulate the pharmacy programme. Exemptions for courses are only granted if the overall learning outcome is covered.

Overlapping courses


  • Approx. 30 hours of lectures
  • Approx. 20 hours of colloquia
  • Approx. 20 hours laboratory course (mandatory)

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and approved and compulsory submissions must be approved to pass the exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Completed and approved compulsory instruction and coursework are valid for 3 years.


Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

For admission to the exam, the approved laboratory course is required.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

The periodic table of the elements.

As of 1 August, 2016, the use of own calculators is no longer permitted. Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 28, 2020 4:10:14 PM

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