FRM4020 – Research Preparation Course in Pharmaceutical Analysis

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 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.

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

Course content

FRM4020 provides comprehensive teaching at an advanced level on major methods of chemical analysis for use in pharmaceutical research, and is principally focused on pharmaceutical chemical analysis.

Learning outcome

After completing the course we expect your competence to include detailed theoretical and practical knowledge on the following:

  • Sample preparation and extraction
  • Liquid chromatography
  • Gas chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Electrophoresis
  • Quantitative analysis and validation
  • Evaluation of scientific literature in pharmaceutical chemical analysis

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

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent within pharmaceutical analysis, MNHMS0015 – Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued) and MNHMS0020LS – In-depth Laboratory Safety (discontinued).


The course consists of lectures, compulsory laboratory work, self-study, and compulsory assignments. Reports and documentation from the laboratory work are to be collected in a portfolio. In order for the portfolio to be approved, it needs to be complete and the laboratory work and contents of the portfolio need to demonstrate that the student has acquired the knowledge and skills required.

Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination.

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.


There is no exam. The course will be passed if all compulsory laboratory work is attended, and all journal and self-study assignments have been approved.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 29, 2020 3:10:44 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2020

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