FRM-MBV4860 – Molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology

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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, infectious agents and antimicrobial agents. A one-day course in control of vaccines is included.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you have:

  • Insight into bacterial pathogenesis, virulence factors, virulence mechanisms, host-parasite interactions.
  • Understanding of the structure and function of pathogenic bacteria and virus.
  • Understanding of the mechanism of action of antibacterial and antiviral agents.
  • Knowledge about the genetic factors that determine the resistance and virulence of microorganisms.
  • Understanding of the molecular mechanisms and cell biology of infection.
  • Skills in critical evaluation of research results trained throught parts of the curriculum consisting og review- and original articles. 


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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.

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

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the School of Pharmacy or the Master program at the Institute of Biosciences 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. For more information on the procedure contact the study administration.


  • 25 - 26 lectures, including a mandatory course (all day, theme day)  on vaccines at Nasjonalt Folkehelseinstitutt.
  • 1 obligatory group assignment the result of which, at the end of the course, is presented on posters to the other students and evaluated by course teachers and possibly other professionals.

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.


A four hour written exam/oral exam depending on the number of students.

Admission to the examination only after completed obligatory assignments.

Examination support material

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

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.

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.

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:

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


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)