KJM9951 – Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

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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 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.

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.

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

Overlapping courses


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.

Both parts must be passed to get a 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: KJM5951 – Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed on the written exam.

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.

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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 21, 2020 3:18:27 PM

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