KJM5961 – Production and application of medical radionuclides

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Course content

The course is focused on Production and Application of Medical Radionuclides. Most radionuclides used in medicine are short lived 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 isolation, and application in medicine. Subjects include cyclotron produced radionuclides, targetry, reactor produced radionuclides, radionuclide properties for medical application, imaging and therapy.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

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


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

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 and radiochemistry or KJM5901 – Radiochemical methods (discontinued), is recommended. Students with a different background must expect to work extra.

You also need the ability to follow lectures and exercises in English.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with KJM9961 – Production and application of medical radionuclides


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.

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 counts 20 % of final grade. The presentation must be completed before you can attend the final exam.

A 2 hours written exam counts 80 % of the final grade.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

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 runs early in the semster. If less than 5 students apply, the course may be cancelled.

Teaching is cancelled Autumn 2018

Teaching is cancelled Autumn 2017

Teaching is cancelled Autumn 2016


Every autumn

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