This course is discontinued

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Course content

This is an advanced course which gives insight into selected topics in pharmaceutical microbiology with emphasis on molecular interactions. Topics include interactions between infectious agents and host cells, infectious agents and antimicrobial agents. A one-day course in production and control of vaccines is included.

Learning outcome

Insight into bacterial pathogenesis, virulence factors, virulence mechanisms, host-parasite interactions. Understanding of the structure and function of selected pathogenic bacteria and virus. Understanding of the mechanism of action of antibacterial and antiviral agents. Knowledge about the genetic factors that determine the resistance and virulence of microorganisms. Understanding of the molecular mechanisms and cell biology of infection.
Each PhD student will be responsible for choosing 2 original articles on relevant topics which must be presented as lectures to the other students.


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.


Teaching: Lectures, study groups and a full day course at Folkehelseinstituttet.

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 4 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

The 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.

Facts about this course






The course is under closure autumn 2016 and replaced in part by FRM-MBV5060 - Molecular and pharmaceutical microbiology.

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