FRM9110 – Polysaccharides of Pharmaceutical Interest; Physical and Chemical Properties, as Well as Biological Activity

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Course content

The course is to provide an introduction to polysaccharides and their use within pharmaceuticals, their structure and physical traits.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the students are to be able to:

  • Determine the composition of a polysaccharide, both which monosaccharides are present as well as the type of binding is present.
  • Determine the groups which decorate the polysaccharides chains.
  • Determine the important physical properties, for example the viscosity and gelforming ability
  • Understand how the various substituents of the polysaccharides influence the physical properties
  • Determine which structures are biologically active and which are not.
  • Know the important areas in which polysaccharides may be used within pharmaceutics.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


Lectures, seminars and projects.
In addition, each Ph.D.-student has to lead 5 problemsessions of one hour each. Before each session the student has to prepare a number of questions within the topic of the session. The student is required to be active and to participate and lead the discussions with the masterstudents.

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 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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)