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spring 2020

MBI-3015 Human pharmacology and toxicology - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 07.07.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Health Sciences


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries:  1. December

Type of course

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine, but is also open for single course students who meet the admission requirements.

Admission requirements

he course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine.

The course can be taken as a singular course by students with a Bachelor´s degree in Biomedicine or similar (180 ECTS).

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge at University Bachelor level in pharmacology and toxicology.

The master course in physiology (MBI-3016 Human physiology), is recommended as a supplement to the course.

Application deadline for nordic applicants is 1st of December. Applicationcode: 9371

For admission requirements see the admission requirements for the Master program in biomedicine

Course content

The course will give the students an introduction into the general principles of pharmaco/toxicodynamics and -kinetics, with a focus on mechanisms of toxicity and drug action, metabolism of drugs and toxic agents, kinetic calculations and risk assessment. Further, the course will provide insight into the action of drugs and toxicants in central target organs and pathological processes (endocrine-, cardiovascular-, nervous- and immune systems, inflammation, infection and cancer) focusing on molecular mechanisms, interactions and outcomes. In addition, the course also contains visits to university and hospital departments, local research centers and companies working with occupational and environmental toxicology and drug development.

Recommended prerequisites

MBI-3016 Human physiology

Objectives of the course

After the course the student should be able to:


  • Explain general principles in pharmacology and toxicology (kinetics, dynamics and risk assessments).
  • Explain how drugs and toxic agents affect endocrine-, cardiovascular-, nervous- and immune systems, inflammation, infection and cancer focusing on molecular mechanisms, effects, and interactions.


  • Search, acquire and critically assess advanced knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology.
  • Apply relevant methods to solve pharmaco- and toxicokinetic exercises. 

General proficiency

  • Apply current concepts and terminology in pharmacology and toxicology through oral presentations, group discussions and written text.
  • Describe how the obtained knowledge and skills can be used in a professional setting.
  • Describe how the obtained knowledge and skills can contribute to innovation processes in pharmacology and toxicology.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures (44 hours)

Seminars (cases) (10 hours)

Kinetic calculations/exercises (2 hours)

Work-place visits (12 hours)


Written exam (4 hours). Grade A-F (F-fail).

Coursework requirements:

The following coursework must be completed in order to attend the written exam:

  • Approved hand-in pharmaco/toxicokinetic calculations.
  • Participation in 4 out of 5 seminars/cases.
  • Approved written report from work-place visit.

A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam or who, for valid reasons, were unable to attend.

Date for examination

Written 05.06.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

MBI-3002 Pharmacology 5 stp


Andersen, Anine Therese

Telefon: +4777645363 anine.t.andersen@uit.no


Mari Gabrielsen

Telefon: +4777644877 mari.gabrielsen@uit.no