FRM-MBV9060 – Molecular and Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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Course content

This is an advanced course which gives insight into selected topics in 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 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 through parts of the curriculum consisting of review- and original articles. 
  • Thorough knowledge of 1 original article which must be presented to the orther students.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

PhD candidates at the School og Pharmacy must contact the study administration to apply for admittance to the course and exam.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


  • 25 lectures including a course 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 a course teacher.
  • 1 obligatory presentation each by Ph.d.–students of an original article as ”journal club” to the other students.

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 pass/fail scale. 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


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)