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Course content

Ethnopharmacology is the interdisciplinary scientific exploration of biologically active agents traditionally utilized by man. This course will provide students with knowledge in the use of medicinal plants in other cultures, and the use of ethnopharmacology for development of new medicinal substances. The course will further focus on issues related to ownership of indigenous knowledge and intellectual property rights.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of the use of medicinal plants in other cultures
  • Have an in-depth understanding of intellectual property rights regarding traditional use of medicinal plants
  • Have a broad understanding of how ethnopharmacology can be the basis for development of new drugs
  • Have an understanding of how ethnopharmacology can lead to a higher degree of safety and a more rational use of herbal preparations
  • Be able to prepare and present a project to a broader audience


The final registration deadline is 25.July 2016. Registration is done by filling out a webform here – content removed

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is to be sent by e-mail to The School of Pharmacy, and not to the Faculty point of contact. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, PhD candidates who are members of the Norwegian School of Pharmacy and the Norwegian Research School in General Practice will have priority.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A 5-year masterdegree in relevant topics is required.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with FRM5420 - Ethnopharmacology and FRM9420 - Ethnopharmacology.


The course is centered on a one week obligatory session held in Oslo from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. The week will include lectures by local, national and foreign invited speakers within the topic of ethnopharmacology. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon there will be seminars where the lectured topics will be discussed. On Friday the attendees will give an obligatory short presentation on a given topic. Prior to this course week the students will receive course material and prepare for a presentation. Each student will be given a topic for a project that they will present in the week they are gathered. Attendance is obligatory. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course.

Obligatory activities:

One week course in Oslo which includes

  • 12 lectures
  • 2 afternoon seminars
  • short presentation on a given topic


Each student will be evaluated based on a home written ex-am. A given topic based on the course theme and literature will be given, and students write an essay of 8-10 p in 5 days. The home exam can be in Norwegian or English.

Examination support material

The students have access to the course literature during the home exam.

Language of examination

Norwegian or English.

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:

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






12-16 september

Teaching language


Registration deadline:

25.July 2016

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