FRM5530 – Drug formulation, Drug targeting

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

The topics of this course is based upon the previous knowledge of FRM 2010, FRM 2020, FRM 2030, FRM 3000 and FRM 3010. 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. FRM 5530 should stimulate the student to combine chemistry and biology within the field of modern drug formulation.


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 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.


A four hour written exam/oral exam after 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.

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 spring


Every spring

Teaching language