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Undergraduate course

Medicinal Chemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeFARM236
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course covers the chemistry of the most important drugs and drug classes, including three-dimensional configuration, synthesis, metabolism and stability. Furthermore, the relationship between the three-dimensional structure of drugs and the biological activity is emphasized.

The course will further serve as the basis for studies of pharmacology and pharmaceutics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course in FARM236 the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • Has broad knowledge of the physical-chemical properties of drug compounds

The student will from the structure of a compound be able to

  • elaborate on the likely therapeutic use (drug class)
  • explain the mechanism of action


The student will from the structure of a compound be able to

  • discuss possible binding interactions with biological macromolecules
  • discuss properties such as stability and water solubility
  • discuss absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination and toxicity

General competence

The student

  • Knows how drug compounds are discovered and developed

Required Previous Knowledge

FARM130/KJEM130 or equivalent

Recommended Previous Knowledge

FARM150 or equivalent

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course will be open to students at Master Programme in Pharmacy and to students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The students also need to fulfil the prerequisites for the course.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 4 hours per week

Colloquium: 2 hours per week

12 weeks total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Oral examination

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations,

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Autumn 2021 the exam form is oral exam, like in spring 2021.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within December 1st for courses taught during spring

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Contact Information

Student adviser: studierettleiar@kj.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    30.05.2023, 08:15
    0.01 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam