KJM-FRM9055 – Bioanalytical Chemistry II: Advanced Separation Methods

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Course content

KJM-FRM9055 is focused on advanced methods for determination of  organic compounds in various matrices such as biological fluids (e.g. serum, urine, cell cultures) and environmental samples (e.g. surface water).

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you are familiar with advanced techniques for sample preparation (both off-line and on-line)
  • you have extensive knowledge of gas chromatography and GC-MS
  • you have extensive knowledge of supercritical fluid chromatography
  • you have extensive knowledge of electrophoresis techniques
  • you have cutting edge knowledge about the the field of liquid chromatography (including new separation columns)
  • you can familiarize yourself with scientific literature in the field
  • you can compile your knowledge in the field in such a way that you can communicate it to less experienced students in a teaching situation (lecture level)


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

We strongly recommend a background in physical chemistry corresponding to KJM2400 – Analytical chemistry I and KJM3400 – Analytical Chemistry II (for chemistry students), or FRM2010 – Quality Control of Pharmaceutical ingredients and FRM3030 – Use of Drugs, Part III (for pharmacy students), as well as FRM-KJM9050 – Bioanalytical Chemistry I: Advanced Separation Methods and Bioanalysis.


Around 40 hours of lectures and approximately 15 hours of colloquia will be given intensively over a period of 11 days. It is mandatory to attend the colloquia, which will focus on development of new analytical Methods.

You will also have to compile and give a lecture on a given topic. The background material will consist of two or more scientific articles. The lecture has to be approved before you can attend the final exam.


Final exam Counts 100 %. Depending on the number of students, the final exam will either be a 4 hours long written exam or a 45 minutes long oral exam.

In order to attend the exam, you must have been present at at least 75 % of the colloquia, and your lecture must be approved.

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 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:

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 autumn

The course may be cancelled if fewer than 5 students apply.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)