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Course content

The subject includes pharmaceutical natural product chemistry, quality control of herbal drugs and herbal preparations, phytotherapy and nutrition, as well as the legislation related to herbal medicinal products and food supplements. The teaching will give the students basic skills in pharmacognosy, which will give an understanding of the biological effects of natural products, both as medicinal substances, herbal medicines, food supplements and food.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

  • you will acquire basic knowledge of important medicines originating from nature and how nature can be a resource for the development of new drugs.
  • you will acquire broad knowledge about the Pharmacopoeia methods for controlling herbal drugs and herbal preparations, and will learn to use these methods.
  • you will acquire broad knowledge on phytotherapy as a basis for giving advice on the use of herbal medicinal products and food supplements, as well as good knowlegde of the legislation regulating these products. You will also know about homeopathic drugs.
  • you will be capable of conducting an independent literature study and obtain and evaluate scientific documentation of herbal drugs and herbal preparations and disseminate this as written reports and oral presentations.
  • you will be able to critically evaluate sources and evaluate the credibility of these within the current field of science


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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The compulsory parts of:

The compulsory HSE-courses HMS0501 – Safety and Physical Environment, HMS0502 – Positive Learning Environment, HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0506 – Patient Clinic Safety and HMS0507 – Fire Safety required for students at the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy.

For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.

Recommended previous knowledge


  • 30 hours lectures
  • 20 hours study group/colloquium
  • 26 hours laboratory work (mandatory) and hand-in of 2 laboratory reports
  • 3 hours laboratory lectures (mandatory)
  • hand-in project work (mandatory)
  • 3 hours student presentation of laboratory report (mandatory)
  • 4 hours seminar

Mandatory participation in the course work as well as compulsory submissions must be completed and approved before sitting 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.


  • Written exam, 80% of final mark
  • Project work, 20% of final mark

Access to the final exam is dependent on:

  • participation in 3 laboratory lectures and completion of the laboratory exercises
  • passed 2 laboratory reports
  • passed project work
  • passed oral presentation of laboratory report

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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

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






Every autumn

The course will be held for the first time autumn 2019.


Every autumn

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