KJM5951 – Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is an introductory lecture about medical applications of radiochemistry and radiotracer based molecular imaging. The course is generally open to students from the field of Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy and Biology, however, a basic knowledge of Chemistry is recommended. The course covers central topics of synthesis and application of imaging agents in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, other subjects include radiochemistry, synthesis of radiolabeled compounds, radiolabeling techniques, development and evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals, automated radiosynthesis, radiotracer production, and quality control.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • You understand the tracer principle and its implications in chemistry
  • You have basic knowledge of the synthesis of PET and SPECT radiopharmaceuticals
  • You are familiar with the principles of designing relevant molecules for imaging in nuclear medicine
  • You know the necessary procedures for automated production, quality control and handling.
  • You have a good comprehension of the basic principles for biological and physiological functions necessary for medical applications.
  • You can compile and present scientific information to your peers.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

A solid understanding of basic chemistry, scientific language and a commitment to study proactively is strongly recommended.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 18 lectures. In the second lecture you will also receive a project assignment where your task is to solve a scientific problem. There will be two 45 minute group sessions where you can suggest an approach and discuss progress with the teacher. Then there will be two mandatory seminar days where you present the solution to your problem in at 10 minutes oral presentation, followed by discussion. The project assignment is mandatory and must be completed before you can attend the exam.

It is the sole responsibility of participants to obtain and maintain study materials provided in each lecture or exercise.


  • Midterm exam: a project assignment with an oral presentation, which counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • Final written exam, 2 hours, which counts 80% towards the final grade.


Both the midterm exam and the final exam must be passed to get a final grade in the course.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: KJM9951 – Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed on the written exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 27, 2021 2:21:44 AM

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The course is cancelled spring 2021