FARMBIOS4860 – Advanced molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology

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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

This is an advanced course which gives insight into selected topics in molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology with emphasis on molecular interactions. Topics include interactions between infectious agents and host cells, and infectious agents and antimicrobials. A theory-based course in microbial aspects of control of vaccines is included.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you have:

  • you have advanced knowledge about structure, pathogenesis, virulence factors, virulence mechanisms, and host-parasite interactions for a set of model pathogenic bacteria, virus and eukaryote microorganisms.
  • you have advanced understanding of the mechanism of action of antibacterial and antiviral agents.
  • you have advanced knowledge on the genetic factors that determine the virulence and resistance of microorganisms toward antimicrobial agents.
  • you have advanced understanding of the molecular mechanisms and cell biology related processes of infection.
  • you have advanced skills in the critical evaluation of research publications (methods, interpretation of results, conclusions), achieved through the parts of the curriculum consisting of review- and original research articles
  • you have the ability to communicate scientific questions, analyses and conclusions pertaining to the science within the field of infection biology, antimicrobial therapy and antimicrobial resistance, to specialists within the field.

Admission to the course

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the Master`s Degree Programme in Pharmacy at the Department of Pharmacy, and who have passed all courses up to and including FARM3130 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) and have all the compulsory parts of  FARM4100 – Personalised Drug Therapy, FARM4110 – Comprehensive Biopharmacy and Formulation Technology and FARM4120 – Drug Development approved or students who have been admitted to the Master`s Degree Programme in Bioscience at the Department of Biosciences at UiO.

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. 

Pharmacy students need to contact the study administration to apply for admittance to the course and exam.

If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate. For more information on the procedure contact the study administration at the Department of Pharmacy.

For students with a pharmacy backround: Passed all courses up to and including FARM3130 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) and approved all compulsory parts of FARM4100 – Personalised Drug Therapy, FARM4110 – Comprehensive Biopharmacy and Formulation Technology and FARM4120 – Drug Development or equivalent academic background.

For students with a life science background: Completed a Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences or equivalent. Access to the course may be granted to other students (eg students from Erasmus or other exchange programs) upon personal application, by documented theoretical background in microbiology or molecular biology corresponding to the courses BIOS2900 – Molecular Biology or BIOS3910 – Microbiology and Mycology.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants..

Overlapping courses


  • 20 - 21 lectures
  • Mandatory course (one day) about vaccines at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
  • 1 mandatory assignment involving accessing and evaluating scientific literature, and culminating in student group work to make a scientific poster to be presented to the other students, and to be evaluated by course instructors and/or other experts within the field of microbiology.  

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

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 written digital exam, 4 hours, or oral exam depending on the number of students.Final exam counts 100 % towards the finale grade. The desitions on the form of the exam will be made around the middle of the semester.

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

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Examination support material

You will be able to use the calculator in Inspera if the exam is written.

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

Language of examination

The exam is given in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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 1:11:07 AM

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