FRM4020 – Research Preparation Course in Pharmaceutical Analysis

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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


The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the School 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) and MNHMS0020LS - In depth Laboratory Safety.


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.

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.

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