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Course content

The subject is an advanced course in organic chemistry emphasizing the chemistry of low molecular weight bioactive molecules including natural products; their biological mechanisms of action, ADME properties and general aspects of drug design. The subject is suitable for Ms students in organic chemistry and related areas.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course you will

  • Be able to recognize the important classes of low molecular weight natural products and be able to describe their biosynthetic pathways
  • Be familiar with general aspects of drug design
  • Understand and be able to explain how drugs can exert their activity by interaction with receptors and enzyme
  • Be familiar with peptides, proteins and mimics as drugs
  • Understand and be able to explain the important pathways for metabolism of xenobiotics
  • Know the important classes of antibacterial incl antimycobacterial, antifungal, antiprotozoal and antiviral drugs and understand their mechanisms of action
  • Know the important classes of anticancer drugs and understand their mechanisms of action


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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM5230 – Bioactive Molecules


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of exercises.

Within August 10th / January 10th, international students must inform the Examination Officer at the Department of Chemistry (room VU12, phone 22 85 54 47) if English teaching is requested.


Oral examination.

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






Autumn 2018

Autumn 2016

Autumn 2014

Every 4th semester. Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply.


Autumn 2018

Autumn 2016

Autumn 2014

Every 4th semester.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)