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Course content

The course is dealing with aspects of selected areas in pharmacology and pharmacodynamics. This includes in depth basal pharmacology, updated knowledge on selected drug groups and areas where new knowledge is accumulated and with ongoing drug developments.

Learning outcome

The course will lead to detailed knowledge in central selected pharmacological areas, concerning actual therapy, science and drug development. These areas are (2010): Drug-receptor interactions, anticancer therapy, drugs in neurogenerative diseases, drugs in asthma and KOLS, antiobesity and type 2 diabetes treatment, and drugs used against depression and anxiety.

The students will achieve knowledge in present therapy and new targets for drug action, including knowledge of developing processes for drug development. The students should be able to evaluate if a drug target has a future potential in therapy.


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

A 5-year masterdegree in relevant topic.

Recommended previous knowledge

A 5-year masterdegree in pharmacy, biology or relevant topic.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FRM5710 – Advanced pharmacology


All lectures during the spring semester are in common with the corresponding masterdegree-subject (FRM5710). It is manditory for each Ph.D.-student to actively take part in the tuition of the masterstudents and to make several oral presentations from the curriculum and to lead the discussions with the masterstudents. A minor part of the curriculum is selfstudy.

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.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Students are awarded either a passing or failing grade. The grade pass is equal to the grade B or better at the corresponding masterdegree-subject.

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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