This course is discontinued

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Course content

The course embraces the chemistry of medicines, pharmacognosy, cell biology, microbiology, pharmacology and physiology presented in an integrated form with the chemistry of medicinal substances and their working mechanisms as central themes. The main principles of interaction between medicines and receptors/enzymes/transport proteins, intracellular signal paths, side effects, synthesis of medicinal substances, the structure-activity concept, functional groups, stereochemistry, and the absorption and metabolism of medicines will be covered. Included in the course are anteneoplastic medicines, medicines that affect the fibrin, the effect of medicines on microorganisms, resistance to antibiotics and diagnostic remedies.

Learning outcome

The course will give students the knowledge and understanding within the chemistry of medicines, pharmacognosy, cell biology, pharmacology and microbiology, to be able to evaluate structure-activity relationships and molecular working mechanisms for the above mentioned main groups of medicines. Students will also be taught about test systems for medicinal effects, isolation and cultivation of bacteria.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the School of pharmacy at the University of Oslo


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In order to participate in this course and to sit for the exam: all manditory activities from FRM1030 and FRM1040 must be approved and FRM1000 and FRM1010 must be passed.

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
There are compulsory HSE courses at the beginning of the first semester. For students commencing their program from the autumn semester 2015 the following courses are mandatory:

In addition to this you will have to complete HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety and HMS0506 Patient clinic Safety for participation in Laboratory and clinic-courses in the program.

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0501, HMS0502, HMS0503 HMS0506 and HMS0507 when you attend the first mandatory lab.

For students who commenced the program from the Autumn semester 2012 up til and including the spring semester 2015 the following courses are mandatory:

  • MNHMS0015 - Introduction to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) (discontinued) or HMS0501 - Safety and Physical Environment and HMS0502 - Positive Learning Environment and HMS0507 - Fire Safety.
  • MNHMS0010LS - Introduction to Laboratory Safety (discontinued) or MNHMS0020LS - In-Depth Laboratory Safety (discontinued) or HMS0503 - Laboratory Safety
  • MNHMS0015FS - Introduction to Field Safety (discontinued)  or HMS0504 Field Safety.

    For more information on the HSE courses and transitional arrangements:

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with FRM1050R – Drugs and How They Work Part I (discontinued)


Lectures, seminar groups, and laboratory work.

All laboratory reports (which are to be turned in for correcting and approval) and seminar assignments (which are not turned in) are to be collected in a portfolio. In order for the portfolio to be approved, it needs to be complete and the laboratory work and contents of the portfolio need to demonstrate that the student has acquired the knowledge and skills required. The portfolio needs to be approved in order for the student to be eligible to take the written exam.

Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


A four hour written exam.

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

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

The curriculum is being revised. The course is taught for the last time spring 2017.


Every spring

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