KJM5961 – Production and Application of Medical Radionuclides

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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 focused on the production of medical radionuclides and their key applications in the diagnosis and therapy of disease. Most radionuclides used in medicine are short-lived, artificial radioactive products and not encountered in nature. Hence, their production and chemical isolation is a prerequisite for any application in medicine. In this course, you will learn the principles of nuclear reactions used for medical radionuclides, their purification and isolation, and finally the application of radiopharmaceuticals in medicine. Subjects include cyclotron produced radionuclides, targetry, reactor produced radionuclides, decay properties and their utility for imaging and therapy.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • understand the scope of radionuclides in medicine
  • have a comprehension of the role of Radiochemistry in medicine
  • have basic knowledge of the production of PET and SPECT radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals
  • have a good comprehension of the basic principles for the use of radionuclides in medicine.

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 background in chemistry equivalent to KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued), KJM1110 – Organic chemistry I (continued), KJM1120 – Inorganic Chemistry (continued), KJM1130 – Physical Chemistry I - Thermodynamics and Kinetics, KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (continued) and KJM3200 – Organic Chemistry II, in addtion to either KJM3900 – Radioactivity or KJM5901 – Radiochemical methods (discontinued), is recommended. Students with a different background must expect to work extra.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 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 a two-day mandatory seminar where you present the solution to your problem in a 10-minute oral presentation, followed by discussion. The project assignment is mandatory and must be passed before you can sit the final exam.

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

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 project assignment with an oral presentation, which counts 20% towards the finale grade.
  • Final written exam (2 hours), which counts 80% towards the final grade.

The project assignment and oral presentation must be passed before you can sit the final exam.

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: KJM9961 – Production and Application of Medical Radionuclides

Examination support material

Pen, pocket calculator, Karlsruhe chart of the nuclides + booklet

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. 25, 2021 10:20:06 PM

Facts about this course


The course runs early in the semester. If less than 5 students apply, the course may be canceled.

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