FRM5530 – Drug Formulation, Drug Targeting

Changes in the course due to coronavirus

As a general rule, exams at the MN Faculty will during the autumn of 2021 be conducted without physical attendance. For reasons relating to the course content, some courses will have on-campus written examination if the current infection rate makes this possible.

The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The topics of this course is based upon the previous knowledge of FRM2010 – Quality Control of Pharmaceutical ingredients (discontinued), FRM2020 – Production, Quality Control and Distribution of Medicinal products (discontinued), FRM2030 – Quality Assurance in Drug Production (discontinued), FRM3000 – Pharmaceutics (discontinued) and FRM3010 – Formulation, Production, and Control of Sterile Pharmaceutical Preparations (discontinued). The subject is emphasizing the possibilities of drug targeting by modern formulation techniques. After the basic introduction to the biological limitations and barriers to drug transport across the membranes, the importance of new excipients and new drug formulation is highlighted. Optimization of drug delivery and targeting is discussed with emphasis on the majour routes of drug delivery. How to improve bioavailability of drugs produced by biotechnology is part of this course.

Learning outcome

The course will specifically discuss the problems of reformulation and development of new drug formulations. The course will emphasize the importance of rate-controlled release and effective drug targeting as key issues in the development of novel drug delivery systems. FRM5530 should stimulate the student to combine chemistry and biology within the field of modern drug formulation.

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 education within Pharmaceutics.

Overlapping courses


The course is given as lectures, flipped classroom and presentations.

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

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 can be canceled if the number of students enrolled is low.


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

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.

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.

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) Sep. 27, 2021 3:31:29 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2022

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