FRM4040 – Research methodology for Projects in social pharmacy

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Course content

The aim of the course is to make the students prepared for research in social pharmacy by getting to know how to use social science methods and epidemiological methods for projects regarding medicine use in the society. The students will also be presented for studies where the methods have been used.

Learning outcome

The course will focus on:

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Qualitative research methods, including focus groups
  • Epidemiological research methods


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 required pharmacy practice period and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent in social pharmacy and MNHMS0020LS In depth Laboratory Safety. MNHMS0020LS

Pharmacy students from other Norwegian educational institutions may also be potential participants in the course.


Lectures, study groups and a group assignment.
The project assignment includes a compulsory group presentation to ensure that the students have acquired the expected knowledge.

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.


The course is either pass/fail and this is based on compulsory attendance, as well as the evaluations of the compulsory group projects including the presentation.

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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