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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 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.

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

Course content

The course 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 course is suitable for master students in organic chemistry and related areas.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course, you:

  • can recognize the important classes of low molecular weight natural products and are able to describe their biosynthetic pathways
  • are familiar with general aspects of drug design
  • understand and are able to explain how drugs can exert their activity by interaction with receptors and enzyme
  • are familiar with the use of peptides, proteins, and mimics as drugs
  • understand and are 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

Admission to the course

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.

KJM3200 – Organic Chemistry II and partly KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists or BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of group exercises.

Within August 10th / January 10th, international students must inform the Department of Chemistry if English teaching is requested. Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. You will lose your place in the course if you do not inform the student administration at the Department of Chemistry before the first lecture starts.


  • Final oral exam, which counts 100% towards the final grade.

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: KJM5230 – Bioactive Molecules

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 3:16:39 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)