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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

One definition of ethnopharmacology is: The interdisciplinary scientific exploration of biologically active agents traditionally employed or observed by man. This course deals with the use of medicinal plants in other cultures for the treatment of illness in addition to the use of ethnopharmacology for development of new medicinal substances as well as intellectual property rights.

Learning outcome

  • knowledge of the use of medicinal plants in other cultures
  • understanding of how ethnopharmacology can be the basis for development of new drugs
  • understanding of how ethnopharmacology can lead to a higher degree of safety and a more rational use of herbal preparations
  • knowledge of intellectual property rights regarding traditional use of medicinal plants

Admission to the course

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.

Overlapping courses


The course consists of lectures and seminars. During the seminars, groups of students prepare and present two given parts of literature followed by discussions. The presentations are compulsory.

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 may be cancelles if the number of enrolles students are low.


The students are evaluated based on a home written essay (in Inspera).

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera.Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

When writing your assignments make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations

Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Examination support material

All examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 12, 2020 8:11:06 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held autumn 2020


Examination is last held autumn 2022

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