KJM9951 – Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

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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 less experienced students in a teaching situation.



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.


Recommended previous knowledge

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


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 20 minutes oral presentation, followed by discussion. The presentation should contain sufficient background and interpretation of your findings/results to reach an audience of master students. 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.


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 pass/fail scale. 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 spring

The course is not offered for Spring 2017


Every spring

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