FARM5110 – Industrial pharmacy

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 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.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

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

Course content

The course will provide the students with in-depth knowledge of research and development (R&D) from explorative phase (medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo studies of effect and toxicity, pre-formulation) to optimization of formulation, pilot-plant and production scale-up, as well as regulatory framework. Methods to identify and develop qualitatively good drug candidates in drug discovery and development are central. Important concepts and principals in modern pharmaceutical industry, such as QbD (Quality by Design) and PAT (Process Analytical Technology) will be discussed. 

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you have advanced knowledge of modern industrial research, development and production of new drug substances and products
  • you have in-depth knowledge of relevant modern technology, principals and models for rational industrial R&D
  • you can in collaboration prepare and present suggestions to solve complex R&D challenges
  • you communicate about professional challenges and interventions with a broad range of professions and experts (e.g. chemists, physicians, biologists, molecular biologists, regulatory affair specialists)
  • you can analyze challenges within a chosen area of specialization (medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical efficacy and safety, pharmaceutical technology including regulatory pharmacy) and independently suggest evidence-based answers

Admission to the course

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo. If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

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.

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent academic background.


Lectures and student active teaching such as seminars and group work. In addition, excursions to industrial pharmacy sites. Specialization in one of three areas: medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo studies and pharmaceutical technology including regulatory pharmacy.

Participation in specialization area and group work is compulsory.

  • Joint lectures: 8 hours
  • Student active teaching: 8 hours
  • Specialization area:16 hours of varied teaching methods

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and mandatory 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.

Compulsory participation and approved assignments are valid for 3 years.

The course may be cancelled if the number of enrolled students are low.


Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.

Exam begins with a joint presentation of group work and continues with individual examination that also includes the specialization area.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

Examination support material

Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.

Language of examination

Norwegian. English on request.

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) Jan. 28, 2021 12:10:55 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)